speakers

 Featured Speakers

 
Harper

Dr. Shaun R. Harper is on the faculty in the Graduate School of Education, Africana Studies, and Gender Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also serves as Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education. Professor Harper’s research examines race and gender in education, equity trends and racial climates on college campuses, Black and Latino male student success in high school and higher education, and college student engagement. He is author of over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications.  Full bio...

 
D Williams

Dr. Damon A. Williams is the Senior Vice President for Programs, Training, and Youth Development for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.  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.
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Ponjuan New

Dr. Luis Ponjuan is an Associate Professor in Higher Education Administration in the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development at Texas A&M University. His research focuses on male students of color academic success and college degree completion, first-generation students’ access into higher education, and the recruitment and retention of faculty members of color.
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 Bright

Dr. Marcus Bright is the Executive Director of Education for a Better America (EBA).  In the past year EBA has launched a series of nationwide initiatives designed to increase the pursuit of post-secondary education, increase civic engagement, prevent school dropouts, increase the pursuit of S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) careers among urban youth, and promote health and wellness across the United States.
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 Benitez

Michael Benitez is a leading national social justice educator, and activist-scholar with extensive experience in education and diversity issues. Michael is known for his down-to-earth insightful commentary and critical perspectives on social and cultural issues. Benitez integrates multifaceted pedagogies, scholarly inquiry, and personal narrative to provide multi-context and -issue frameworks for empowerment and transformation. Benitez has served higher education in different capacities for the last fifteen years, including academic affairs, student affairs, diversity and inclusion, and teaching.
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 Caballero

William D. Caballero is the subject of a documentary entitled, "American Dream Deferred," which aired on PBS.  "American Dreams Deferred" follows NYU grad student William Caballero, who is juggling family with the challenges of breaking the cycle of issues that has kept relatives from reaching their dreams. He turns the camera on his Puerto Rican-American family to examine U.S. health care and culture, and to explore his and family’s dreams. It begs the ultimate question: who attains their American dream?
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  Preconference Speakers

 Harris web

Dr. Frank Harris III is an associate professor of postsecondary education and co-director of the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) at San Diego State University. His research is broadly focused on student development and student success in postsecondary education and explores questions related to the social construction of gender and race on college campuses, college men and masculinities, and racial/ethnic disparities in college student outcomes.  
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 Dr. Luke Wood

J. Luke Wood, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Community College Leadership and the Director of the Doctoral Program Concentration in Community College Leadership at San Diego State University (SDSU). Dr. Wood is also Co-Director of the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3), Chair of the Multicultural & Multiethnic Education (MME) special interest group of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Chair-Elect for the Council on Ethnic Participation (CEP) for the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Director of the Center for African American Research and Policy (CAARP). 
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 Reid

Duane O. Reid Jr. is currently the Project Director of The Academic Acceleration for African American Males (4A) Program at Baltimore City Community College. He received his BA degree in History Pre- Law from Columbia Union College in 2001 and his MBA degree from Columbia Union College in 2009.  He went on to receive his M.A. in Public Administration in May 2011 from Washington Adventist University.
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 Ganther

Felicia Lorraine Ganther hails from Los Angeles, California. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Norfolk State University in Virginia. She also holds a Juris Doctorate from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. Currently, she is completing course requirements for a Ph. D. in Business Administration. Felicia has previously served in various capacities at both the university and community college levels; currently serving as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs for the Maricopa County Community College District. 
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 Barker

Dr. Marco J. Barker serves as the Senior Director for Education, Operations, and Initiatives for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In this capacity, he develops innovative and special initiatives aimed at promoting cultural awareness, facilitating access and success for underserved populations, and increasing institutional diversity.
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 Dr. Carley

Dr. Sylvia Marion Carley is the founder and convener of the Black, Brown & College Bound Summit. She retired from Hillsborough Community College as the campus president at the Ybor City Campus. Over the years, she served the college as a faculty member and dean. In her capacity as Vice President of Education & Student Development, she focused on student success, retention, persistence, and graduation. By means of the Summit, she remains dedicated to the mission of serving students in an effort to enhance their academic and social development.
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