Affirmative action specialist Shirley Wilcher to speak at UMR

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On March 9, 2006

Affirmative action specialist Shirley J. Wilcher will explore issues that affect the acceptance and appreciation of people in a lecture 3 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in Room 125 of the Butler-Carlton Civil Engineering Building on the University of Missouri-Rolla campus. Wilcher will present “Insight into Problems and Actions Facing America: Affirmative Action, Diversity and Civil Rights,” drawing on more than 20 years of experience in the area of equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Wilcher’s work in this field began with a legal clerkship with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in 1978. Wilcher also served as staff attorney at the National Women’s Law Center, deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor Employment Standards Administration under the Clinton Administration, and director for state relations and general counsel for the National Association for Independent Colleges and Universities.

In 2001, Wilcher formed Wilcher Global LLC, a consulting firm in Accokek, Md., that helps organizations reach diversity goals. She currently is president of Wilcher Global and interim executive director of the American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA). She received the NAACP Benjamin Hooks Keeper of the Flame Award and the AAAA Rosa Parks Award in 2004.

For more information on Wilcher or her March 23 presentation, contact Lawrence George, assistant to the chancellor for affirmative action at UMR, at (573) 341-6314 or email

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