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Webster Speaks: Dialogues on RACE, EQUITY and INCLUSION

This is a time of racial reckoning in America. Webster University is again taking the lead in confronting the issues facing our nation and finding solutions.

Join us every other week for a livestream speaker series, "Webster Speaks: Dialogues on RACE, EQUITY and INCLUSION." Vincent C. Flewellen, chief diversity officer, sits down with thought leaders and prominent voices from the wider community and within the University to discuss issues surrounding systemic racism.

We want to hear your voice!  Audience members are invited to submit questions in advance or during the event using #WebsterSpeaks on Twitter.

All of the sessions are free and open to the public.

Upcoming Episodes

Episode 3: “Racism and Mental Health”
Special Guest: Jameca Woody Cooper, PhD, psychologist
Live Broadcast Date: Wednesday, August 5 - 7PM CDT (GMT -5)

From racial profiling to police brutality and lack of opportunities, institutional racism is impacting the mental health of African Americans. Join counseling psychologist and Webster faculty member Jameca Woody Cooper, PhD, MA, as she sits down with Webster Chief Diversity Officer Vincent C. Flewellen to discuss "Racism and Mental Health." Be part of the audience by tweeting your questions for Dr. Cooper to #WebsterSpeaks.

Click here to visit Dr. Cooper's Facebook page.

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Dr. Jameca Woody Cooper


Wednesday, August 19

“How the Media Cover Race”
Special Guests: Carol Daniel, KMOX news anchor and president, Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists; and Eric Deggans, NPR TV critic and author, "Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation"

Wednesday, September 2

“Black Athletes, Powerful Voices”
Special Guest: Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Six-time Olympic Medalist; founder of the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation

Wednesday, September 16

“Growing Up in the Age of Black Lives Matter” 
Special Guests: Webster Student Panel


Past Recorded Episodes

Episode 2: “Lessons from Ferguson”
Special Guests: Hon. Ella Jones and Michael P. McMillan
Originally Broadcast: July 22, 2020

The Hon. Ella Jones, the first Black and first female mayor of Ferguson, discussed her city as a symbol of both injustice and hope. Michael McMillan, president and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, talked about the Urban League’s local programs and progress in bridging St. Louis’ racial divide.

The recording of this episode will be posted soon.


Episode 1: “What is the Meaning of Freedom Right Now?”
Special Guest: Dr. Donald M. Suggs
Originally Broadcast: July 8, 2020

The first episode, “What is the Meaning of Freedom Right Now?”, followed the Fourth of July holiday. Flewellen interviewed Dr. Donald M. Suggs, publisher and executive editor of The St. Louis American, Missouri’s largest weekly newspaper and a leading voice of the region’s African American community since 1928.


Show Host

Vincent C. Flewellen, MSW
Chief Diversity Officer

Vincent C. Flewellen portraitVincent C. Flewellen joined Webster University in October, 2018. Reporting directly to the Chancellor, he provides key leadership for the University’s core value of advancing diversity and inclusion as part of the educational mission through the University’s network of domestic and international locations.

With almost two decades of experience weaving diversity, inclusion and equity into the culture of education in the St. Louis area, Flewellen most recently served as Director of Equity & Inclusion at The College School in Webster Groves. Before taking his role at The College School, he taught in the Ladue School District and for Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School. He also served as Center Director of the University City Children’s Center. Additionally, Flewellen served as an adjunct professor at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis from 2012-2018, and he served as a consultant to Washington University in St. Louis in 2006 and 2007. For the past 17 years, he has served as a consultant on diversity and inclusion issues for a variety of schools and organizations, including: the Kirkwood School District; the John Burroughs School; the Forsyth School; the Cochran Community Center; and FOCUS St. Louis.

Flewellen has also served as the Director of Development for St. Louis non-profit Neighborhood Houses (now known as Unleashing Potential). Flewellen served as Managing Director of Program for Teach For America-St. Louis and he was the Speakers Bureau Coordinator for the Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures.

Flewellen holds a Master of Social Work from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis and his BA in education is from Maryville University.


Room Host

Earl A. McCoy, Jr., MBA

Earl A. McCoy, Jr. portraitEarl McCoy is a regional recruitment and retention coordinator for Webster University in the National Capital Region. He oversees graduation, social media platforms, Business to Business (B2B) corporate partnerships, business to consumer (B2C) outreach and community engagements. At Webster’s Main Campus in St. Louis, Earl collaborates and assists with a variety of social media efforts, virtual events, and podcasts. He serves as moderator and room host of Webster Speaks, welcoming the virtual audience and fielding questions for the host and guests.

A native of Hamden, Connecticut, Earl earned a double bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Communications and an MBA in Human Resource Management from AIbertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut. As a student, Earl honed his leadership abilities and heart for social justice in many ways. He completed internships at the New Haven Superior Court and the Labor and Public Employees Committee of the General Assembly. During his Assembly internship, Earl was selected lead intern and received two citations for outstanding dedication.

Earl previously worked as a teacher, counselor and professional course instructor at a New Haven YMCA. He also formed a group, Men Achieving Leadership Excellence and Success (M.A.L.E.S.), that mentored at-risk students, performed community volunteer work, and promoted inclusivity. Before joining Webster’s staff, he was an admissions recruiter the Graduate Institute in Bethany, Connecticut.

In addition to his work at Webster, Earl serves as a member-at-large on the Virginia Advisory Council on Military Education (VA-ACME). He is youth president at Making a Difference Foundation, Inc., and volunteers as a youth soccer coach in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.



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