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Idella Glenn


Serving as VCU’s Director for Diversity Education and Retention Initiatives, Idella has over 23 years of higher education experience.  Within the Division of Inclusive Excellence the area of diversity and inclusion education, research, and scholarship focuses on infusing diversity and inclusion into all aspects of university life.  We aid campus constituents by providing education and support to create a campus community that maximizes the benefits of a diverse learning environment.


Idella spent 18 years at Furman University serving as Asst. VP for Student Development, Asst. Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, and Director of Multicultural Affairs.  Prior to Furman, Idella served as the Records Manager (Registrar) at Spartanburg Community College.


Idella earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science/math from Furman University (1986), and a master’s in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina (1996).  She earned a Ph. D. in Educational Leadership from Clemson University in 2008

Initiating Difficult Conversations

April 8, 2016

10:00am - 3:00pm


Registration Deadline: April 1, 2016


St Anne's Belfield

2132 Ivy Road

James Scott- Center for Arts and Science

Charlottesville, VA 22903



Schedule of Events


10:00am     Opening, Overview, Cultural introductions
10:45am     Art of listening (mini lecture and activity)
11:45am-12:30pm  Lunch
12:30pm    What makes a conversation difficult (this will involve small groups for role play, brainstorming, going through all of the steps)
2:00-3:00   Next steps and wrap up


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