Workplace diversity pioneer to address Roosevelt graduates on May 5

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Gloria Castillo is Roosevelt's May 5 Commencement speaker

Gloria Castillo, a pioneering advocate for workplace diversity and an influential diversity leader in Chicago and across the nation, will deliver Roosevelt University’s spring 2017 Commencement address and receive an honorary degree.

CEO and president of Chicago United, Castillo has spent many years advancing multiracial leadership and gender equity in the workplace. Named among 100 Women of Influence by Today’s Chicago Woman in 2013, her award-winning advocacy work on behalf of multicultural leadership in corporate governance, executive management and diverse business partnerships has been recognized by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago, the Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Castillo will address Roosevelt graduates during Commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 5 in the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago.

From the classroom to the boardroom, Roosevelt University has stood for the values of diversity and inclusion since its founding in 1945,” said Ali Malekzadeh, president of Roosevelt University. “We are pleased to welcome someone who has fought so effectively for these values, and look forward to recognizing Gloria Castillo for her many accomplishments.”  Malekzadeh will present Castillo with Roosevelt’s highest honorary degree, the Doctor of Social Justice, honoris causa.

With Castilllo at the helm, Chicago United has developed a number of nationally recognized diversity initiatives including the Changing Color of Leadership Conference, the Business Leaders of Color publications, and the Transformative Inclusion Members Series that recognizes innovations in diversity and inclusion research.

Castillo also serves on the board of directors of the Field Foundation and the Illinois Business and Economic Development Corp. She is a past board member of MALDEF, World Sports Chicago and the Chicago Network, and currently serves on Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s Task Force on Private Employment for the Illinois Department of Human Rights Discrimination Study and the National Advisory Board for the Insight Center for Community Economic Development. 


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