(August 23, 2012)

Centenary joins Be Fair Shreveport Religious Forum

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary Professor Michelle Wolkomir will act as a moderator for the Be Fair Shreveport Religious Forum on Workplace Fairness Tuesday, August 28, 5:30 p.m., at CoHabitat. The forum is free and open to the public.


"When we discuss equality in a diverse society, we mean that people have the same access to the rights and privileges of that society and are not excluded simply because they are members of a particular group or category of people within that society. Working toward this sort of equality in the U.S. requires generating consensus and understanding among people with widely varying beliefs and perspectives."

At the event, Centenary President David Rowe will join a panel of Shreveport-Bossier religious leaders sharing their thoughts on the religious basis for treating all people fairly and the principles of fairness in the workplace and society. Other panelists include Rabbi Dr. Jana L. De Benedetti, B'nai Zion Congregation; Chaplain Roosevelt Seaberry, Director, Pastoral Care Services, LSU Health Shreveport; Rev. Barbara Jarrell, Minister, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church; and Rev. Kenneth Paul, Rector Emeritus, Church of the Holy Cross, Episcopal.

Dr. Wolkomir holds the Crawford Chair of Liberal Arts and is the Co-Director of the Gender Studies program. Wolkomir obtained her Ph.D. in sociology from North Carolina State University. She sees the Forum as a way to explore how various faith traditions conceptualize equality.

Be Fair Shreveport is a joint project of People Acting for Change and Equality (PACE) and the Forum for Equality that focuses on shaping and reinforcing fairness and diversity in the workplace while promoting economic development in the Shreveport community.

The Forum is a Passport Points eligible event for Centenary students.