Nov. 18: Speaker counsels on community building at WSU

Deryl-G-Hunt-webPULLMAN, Wash. – A consultant and motivational speaker on conflict resolution and inclusive community building will address the Washington State University community at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, in the CUB auditorium.

Deryl G. Hunt, who developed the Ellison Model ( for increasing diversity in society, will speak on “Diversity to Unity to Community; Resolving Conflict and Building an Inclusive COUG Community at WSU.”

Hunt is founder of ICB Productions, Inc., a management and consultant firm that promotes inclusive practices within business, education and government.

“Change comes from the students, and it is important for us to capitalize off of any resource and knowledge,” said Sebatian Kalilikane, director of diversity efforts for the Associated Students of WSU. “Dr. Hunt is a perfect example for us to emulate here on campus.”

“ASWSU believes it is important to build an inclusive community (on trust, honor and respect) on campus and off campus,” said Sowmya Murthy, assistant director of diversity efforts, ASWSU. “Dr. Hunt is an excellent coach, speaker and mediator when it comes to inclusive community building.

“The overwhelming support that we have received from President Bernardo and his staff, as well as groups like APAC, has been phenomenal,” said Davina Hoyt, WSU Office of the Provost/Equity and Diversity. “President Bernardo has truly shown the WSU community what it means to be an inclusive community builder and for that we should thank him.”

Hunt has held administrative and faculty appointments at the University of Pittsburgh, Southern Illinois University, Florida International University and others.

He holds a Ph.D. in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, master’s degree in sociology from Atlanta University and bachelors in sociology from Fort Valley State College in Georgia.

His presentation is sponsored by the WSU Office of Equity & Diversity Women’s Empowerment Program, the Associated Students of WSU, WSU Office of the President, WSU Foundation, Administrative Professional Advisory Council, ASWSU Gender and Sexuality Alliance, The College of Education, The Graduate School, Faculty Senate, The School of Hospitality and Business Management, Carson School of Business, WSU Public Safety, Learning Communities (OUE), The Interfraternity and Panhellenic Council, Travel Services, the Alumni Center and a host of students and faculty.