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1/7/2008 Hanamura to present Martin Luther King Jr. program

McMINNVILLE – Steven Hanamura, a 1967 graduate of Linfield College and president of Hanamura Consulting, Inc., will speak on "Achieving Diversity Through Adversity" Monday, Jan. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium at Linfield.

His presentation is part of the annual celebration honoring Martin Luther King Jr., at Linfield College. Two students from Duniway Middle School have been selected to give brief presentations during the program. They will speak on either Martin Luther King Jr. or on a current topic that relates to his work. Each will receive $25 gift certificates from Third Street Books.

Hanamura founded his consulting firm in 1986 and is widely sought after in the areas of leadership development, managing and leading diversity initiatives, building effective teams, managing personal and organizational change, and working with generational differences.

He is the author of two books, "In Search of Vision" and "I Can See Clearly." He has written many journal articles and was a contributing author to "Valuing Differences." He was chair of the board for the Oregon Commission for the Blind from 1991 to 1997 and is past president of the Portland chapter of the American Society for Training and Development.

He has received numerous awards and honors including the Meritorious Service Award for the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. He was named Multi-Cultural Network Trainer of the Year by the American Society for Training and Development and was one of the torchbearers for the 1996 Olympics.

Though blind, Hanamura enjoys running and is an avid sports fan.

The program, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by several Linfield departments. For more information, contact the Multicultural Programs office, 503-883-2574.