Diversity and Inclusion Networking Event: Leadership through Social Justice - A Workplace Lens

Monday, July 27, 2020 - 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm EDT

All students and alumni are welcome to join us for a panel discussion on ”Leadership through Social Justice - A Workplace Lens”. The panel will address how to demonstrate social justice leadership during times of change. Whether passionate about supporting healthcare workers during COVID-19, or compelled towards action through Black Lives Matter, our Penn State students and alumni can demonstrate their leadership within the workplace and beyond. Leadership experts will be addressing best practices when sharing your perspective in the workplace.


  • Dr. Shubha G. Kashyap is a higher education and organization development professional with extensive experience in change management, business coaching, strategic planning, appreciative inquiry, process consultation, and facilitation. Currently, she is the Director of Online Learning Design & Innovation for the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. Having worked at multiple universities, Dr. Kashyap’s drive for increasing access to education is eminent throughout her career. She has successfully launched several online degree programs designed for adult learners, specializes in program development for diverse learners, manages small and large-scale strategic education initiatives, and is an advocate for first-generation college students and inclusive education practices. She has a Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development from Penn State University, and an M.A. in Student Affairs Administration and a B.S. in Psychology from Michigan State University.


  • Ashli Baker is an Admissions Counselor with Penn State World Campus Admission Services and Financial Aid, she graduated Penn State in 2014 with a Bachelor's degree in Crime, Law, and Justice. She earned her Master’s in Psychology of Leadership through the World Campus in 2019. Ashli has also presented in the World Campus Student Leadership Conference and is passionate about leadership, diversity, and ethics in the workplace.  
  • Stephen Verigood is a young HR professional in the hospitality field working for an award-winning hotel management company with its headquarters located in State College, Pennsylvania. He is a 2013 graduate of Penn State World Campus with a B.S. in Psychology and a 2017 graduate with a MPS in Human Resources Relations.  Stephen puts his leadership skills into play as the President of the Penn State World Campus Alumni Society, overseeing a Board of Directors of 22 volunteers.  He also serves on the Alumni Council within the Penn State Alumni Association. 
  • Michael Jones is a Senior Associate, Lead Recruiter on the Campus & Emerging Talent Programs team at BNY Mellon. Michael works within the team primarily recruiting for the Summer Analyst Program and working strategically with the other pipeline programs such as the Emerging Leaders Program and Technology Leadership Program. In addition, Michael also manages the Sophomore Summit Program and leads diversity and inclusion initatives within the team. His passion for diversity and inclusion extends outside of his role, as he serves as the Global Diversity Recruiter for Emerging Talent and is also involved in employee resource groups.