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Western New England University’s Wellen Davison Seminar “Looking in the Mirror: Our Role in Dismantling White Supremacy”

SPRINGFIELD, MA (04/18/2022) The Wellen Davison Seminar Series will host a discussion by Dr. Neenah Estrella-Luna titled “Looking in the Mirror: Our Role in Dismantling White Supremacy” on Friday, May 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST. This seminar will focus on concepts of anti-racism, diversity, inclusion, sensitivity, and unconscious bias in today’s modern workplace/university. Advanced registration for this webinar can be found at

Dr. Neenah Estrella-Luna is a researcher, educator, advocate, and consultant focusing on issues related to social justice, social relations, and democratic governance. Dr. Estrella-Luna provides opportunities to organizations and communities to learn how they can contribute to dismantling white supremacy and other structures of bigotry in their spheres of influence. She works with grassroots organizations and policymakers to develop and advocate for policies and practices that support social equity in law and policy. She is also an active member of the Massachusetts Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. After 15 years in academia, Dr. Estrella-Luna is now the principal of StarLuna Consulting, an anti-racism and social equity research, education, and consulting firm.

This event is cosponsored by the Western New England University Diversity & Inclusion Committee, the Office of the Provost, the Office of Inclusive Excellence, and School of Law Diversity and Outreach Committee.

The Wellen Davison seminar series is named after former Mechanical Engineering Professor, Wellen Davison, who taught at the University’s College of Engineering for 38 years. In celebration of his dedication, the University inaugurated the Wellen Davison Seminar in 1989. This seminar is now an annual professional development event designed to improve the teaching and learning environment for faculty, administration, and staff at the University.

Western New England University (WNE) is a private, nationally ranked, comprehensive institution with a focus on preparing work-ready and world-ready graduates. Founded in 1919 in Springfield, Massachusetts as a division of Northeastern College, WNE’s 215-acre suburban campus serves more than 3,700 students, including over 2,500 full-time undergraduates. More than 47,000 alumni have earned degrees through its 90+ undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs at Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and School of Law. Students come from 39 U.S. states and territories and 23 countries. Of 45,104 living alumni, 30% remain within the region, residing in the four Western Massachusetts counties and northern Connecticut.

WNE is classified among nationally ranked universities in US News and World Report, and among the Top 100 Undergraduate Engineering programs, and in the Doctoral/Professional Universities category in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.