Diversity, Equity & Social Justice

Exploring DEI Through Public Service Leadership

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When you think about diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), what surfaces for you? How do you navigate DEI as a leader?

The USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, Executive Education explores DEI in a conversation facilitated by practitioners and scholars. This session creates a space to reflect on how you currently navigate DEI within your organization, as well as areas for personal growth and development. Through self- and social-awareness, developing a mindful approach to DEI is key to strengthening leadership impacts.

The seminar features LaVonna Blair Lewis, USC associate dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Raúl Burciaga, director of the New Mexico Legislative Counsel Service; Phin Xaypangna, diversity, equity, and inclusion officer of Ventura County; and Sean McCandless, assistant professor at the University of Illinois Springfield. Moderated by Paul Danczyk, director of Executive Education in Sacramento for USC Price.

The session is in partnership with the American Society for Public Administration.

Who Will Benefit

– Leaders hoping to expand and strengthen existing DEI initiatives within their companies
– Those who want to increase community engagement through DEI leadership

About Our Featured Faculty

LaVonna Blair Lewis, PhD, MPH, is a teaching professor and the director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. She joined the USC faculty in the fall of 1996. Lewis’ areas of research consistently focus on cultural competency and the health status and health care needs of underrepresented groups. She is currently involved in addressing racial disparities cardiovascular disease and diabetes through the Community Health Councils, Inc., African American Building a Legacy of Health Project. The project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a community based project that explores individual, organizational, and community support for (and barriers to) healthy living.

Her work has appeared in the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and other health management and policy journals. Moreover, all of the work to date has employed a community-based participatory research framework that partners with the relevant stakeholder groups in developing the research questions. She is member of the Board of Directors for the Association of University Programs in Health Administration; and the Standards Council for the Commission on Accreditation in Health Management Education. She is also a member of several associations including the American College of Healthcare Executives and Community Campus Partnerships for Health.

Paul Danczyk, PhD, is the director of Executive Education in Sacramento for the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and past-president of the American Society for Public Administration. In his current capacity, Danczyk designs, coordinates and presents in leadership and management programs – reaching national, state and local governmental and nonprofit organizations – and teaches master-level classes in California and, previously, Mexico. Over the last five years, he has expanded programmatic collaborations through a portfolio reaching over $1M annually. He is an executive coach, working with over 600 public sector senior executives and administrators one-on-one and in teams, and cofounded and is the lead architect of www.LeadershipEnergizes.com and www.ElectedLeaders360.com.

A returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Danczyk earned his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, focusing on public and international affairs; Master of Public Administration from USC; Bachelor of Science in Education from the Pennsylvania State University; Professional Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation, trained at the Hudson Institute for Coaching; and holds certifications from the Harvard University’s Mediating Disputes Program and the Barrett’s Values Centre. An ongoing student of the arts and natural sciences, Danczyk enjoys landscaping, creating sculptures, painting and bee keeping.