2016 Summit Speakers

 Featured Speakers

Colin Powell

General Colin Powell, USA (Ret.)

For over fifty years, General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) has devoted his life to public service. Having held senior military and diplomatic positions across four presidential administrations, Powell’s deep commitment to democratic values and freedom has been felt throughout the world. 


From 1987 – 1989 Powell served as President Ronald Reagan’s National Security Advisor. He served from 1989 – 1993 as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for both President George H.W. Bush and for President Bill Clinton, and was not only the youngest officer and first ROTC graduate to ever serve in the position but also was the first African American to do so.  Full bio...


Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker whose work centers on the changing American identity. In June 2011, the New York Times published a groundbreaking essay he wrote in which he revealed and chronicled his life in America as an undocumented immigrant.  A year later, he appeared on the cover of TIME magazine worldwide with fellow undocumented immigrants as part of a follow-up cover story he wrote.  He then wrote, produced, and directed Documented, a documentary feature film on his undocumented experience.


This year, as part of its "Look Different" campaign, MTV aired, White People, a television special he directed on what it means to be young and white in America.  Full bio...


Dr. Walter G. Bumphus

Dr. Walter G. Bumphus is president and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges. From 2007 to January 1, 2011, Dr. Bumphus served as a professor in the Community College Leadership Program and as chair of the Department of Educational Administration at The University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Bumphus has also been appointed by President Barack Obama to several prestigious commissions and task forces. He was appointed in 2012 to the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council, in 2013 to the Presidential Commission on Excellence for African Americans, in 2014 to a task force on sexual assaults on college campuses, and to a Presidential Task Force of the State Department’s 100,000 Strong Initiative.  Full bio

Damon Williams

Dr. Damon A. Williams

Dr. Damon A. Williams is a scholar, leader, and educator passionate about making organizations inclusive and excellent for all, creating equitable educational outcomes, and activating learning, youth development, and leadership in ways that are transformative and inspiring of new possibilities.

In September of 2013, he assumed a new role of global responsibility as the Senior Vice President for Program, Training, and Youth Development Services for Boys & Girls Clubs of America.  Dr. Williams has lectured at and been a consultant to more than 300 organizations and higher education institutions globally.  Full bio

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Ed "Too Tall" Jones

At 6'9", Ed "Too Tall" Jones signed with Tennessee State University to play basketball, but left the team after two seasons, to concentrate on playing football under head coach John Merritt. In his new sport, Jones became a two-time All-American defensive lineman, playing on a team that only lost 2 games, en route to winning the black college football national championship in 1971 and 1973.

 In 1974, Jones was the first overall draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys, making him the first football player from a historically black college to go that high in the NFL draft. In 2014, he was elected to the Black College Football Hall of Fame.  More info

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Dr. Charles H. F. Davis, III

Charles H.F. Davis, III currently serves as Director of Higher Education Research and Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education. He is responsible for managing the Center's postsecondary services including campus climate assessments, diversity trainings and workshops, executive education programs, equity institutes and other professional learning experiences for college faculty and administrators.

He is also the executive director and principal investigator of the Activist Millennials Project, which serves as the nexus of research and practice for millennials engaged in activism and social justice organizing at the intersections of educational institutions and communities.  Full bio

Pre-Conference Workshops - Thursday, February 18, 2016

Harris and Wood

Male Program Assessment for College Excellence (MPACE)
Dr. Frank Harris and Dr.  J.  Luke Wood  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This workshop will focus on the Male Program Assessment for College Excellence (MPACE) - an outcome-based assessment tool designed to assess and improve the effectiveness of programs and initiatives serving men of color in community colleges. This workshop will cover the development of the instrument, the utility of the MPACE for outcomes assessment, how to employ the instrument, and suggestions for reviewing analytic results.

Juan Gilbert

Increasing Diversity in STEM: Experience from the Trenches 
Dr. Juan Gilbert  3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

In this presentation, Dr. Gilbert will discuss the state of diversity in STEM using examples from computer science. Computer science is one of the least diverse disciplines in STEM. Many see the lack of diversity in computer science as a civil rights issue given the high salaries these professionals receive. When an entire segment of society doesn't have equal access to those careers, this is a civil rights issue and must be addressed. Dr. Gilbert will describe how he has moved the needle on increasing diversity in STEM with specific examples from his lab and various projects. He will also discuss tools, techniques and strategies that can be used to increase enrollments, retention and ultimately graduation.