President's Lecture Series on Diversity

Getting to Know Our Speakers

" A series of firsts defines the judicial career of Justice Yvette McGee Brown. She was the first African-American woman elected   to the Franklin County Common Pleas Court. In January 2011, she became the first African-American woman to serve as a Justice on the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Justice McGee Brown was first elected to the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations and Juvenile division in 1992. As lead Juvenile Court Judge, she led the creation of the Family Drug Court and the SMART Program, a truancy and educational neglect intervention program. She served on the Common Pleas Court until 2002, when she retired from the bench to create the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The Center is a multi-disciplinary child abuse and family violence program that co-locates prevention, assessment, treatment, research and advocacy services for children and families experiencing abuse. She served as founding president until early 2010, when she became a candidate for lieutenant governor of Ohio.
A common theme in Justice McGee Brown’s professional and community work is her advocacy for children and families. In the news release announcing her Supreme Court appointment, Justice McGee Brown said her service to Ohio’s children and families would continue on the Court: “I have been fortunate to have a life and career that has allowed me to pour my heart into helping others and expanding opportunities for vulnerable Ohioans. I look forward to bringing my diverse experiences and thoughtful perspectives to my work on the Ohio Supreme Court.”
Justice McGee Brown graduated from Ohio University in 1982 with a degree in journalism/public relations. She continued her education at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, earning her Juris Doctorate in 1985."

Source: The Supreme Court of Ohio's Official Website


Dr. Hopkins

Dr. Margaret M. Hopkins is an Associate Professor of Management in the College of Business and Innovation at the University of Toledo. Her research interests are in the field of leadership including gender and leadership, leadership development, and emotional intelligence. She serves as an executive committee member of the Management Education and Development Division in the Academy of Management. Her consulting practice focuses on leadership development and executive coaching, working with clients in the private, public and non-profit sectors. She was awarded the College of Business and Innovation Graduate Faculty Teaching Award in 2011 and the Research Award in 2010.


Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach received her doctorate degree in Experimental Child Psychology with a minor in Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Toledo. She is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology in the University of Toledo’s Judith Herb College of Education, Health Science and Human Service. She teaches courses in the field of human development as well as graduate level seminars on the causes, consequences, and prevention of bullying and related school violence. She is the co-chair of U.T.’s Anti-Bullying Task Force and the author of “School Shootings and Suicides: Why We Must Stop the Bullies.” She serves as Ohio Director of Bully Police, a grass roots organization geared at lobbying for anti-bullying legislation. Locally, she serves as a bullying prevention consultant for the Washington Local and Oregon City School districts. She has given invited presentations on the topic of bullying related suicides and homicides as well as the causes and consequences of bullying at the regional, state, and national, and international level.  This year, she served as Hiram College’s Margaret Clark Morgan Scholar, an award reserved for scholars who make a considerable difference in their fields of study and society at large. Recently she joined the Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office, on behalf of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Cybercrime Division, in training local law enforcement agents and school administrators on the psychological and legal implications of cyberbullying and sexting.

Fatima Pervaiz

Fatima Roohi Pervaiz is an experienced public speaker and educator who has lovingly provided social justice and comprehensive sexuality education to thousands of area youth at Planned Parenthood of Northwest Ohio, AIDS Resource Center Ohio and currently in UT’s Office of Multicultural Student Success.Ms. Pervaiz is a graduate of The University of Toledo with her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and her Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies, and is currently pursuing her PhD in American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University. Fatima is also a certified HIV Tester/Counselor who serves on Second Chance Toledo’s Prostitution and Human Trafficking Advisory Board.

Last Updated: 6/9/16