2017 Summit Speakers

 Featured Speakers

John Quinones

John Quinones
Combining a moving life story, an exceptional career, incomparable insights, and a powerful presence, John Quiñones has emerged as one of the most inspiring keynotes in the speaking world today. His moving presentations focus on his odds-defying journey, celebrate the life-changing power of education, champion the Latino American Dream, and provide thought- provoking insights into human nature and ethical behavior. 

A lifetime of “never taking no for an answer” took Quiñones from migrant farm work and poverty to more than 30 years at ABC News and the anchor desk at 20/20 and Primetime.  
Known for truly connecting with audiences and leaving them uplifted and inspired, Quiñones delivers a powerful message of believing in one’s self, never giving up, and always, always doing the right thing.  Full bio...


Charles Coleman

Charles F. Coleman Jr., Esq. is a seasoned civil rights attorney and legal analyst who has quickly emerged as one of the newest and strongest voices in the conversation on race, law, culture, politics, and civil rights.

As a former Brooklyn, NY prosecutor turned civil litigator Charles has extensive experience as a trial lawyer and his courtroom acumen is matched only by his leadership abilities, which he displays through his community mobilization and civic activism efforts.   Full bio...

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 academic success and college degree completion of male students of color, first-generation students’ access into higher education, and the recruitment and retention of faculty members of color.

Dr. Ponjuan's energetic and inspiring speaker style has resulted in him becoming one of the BBCB Summit's most often requested speakers whose past participation ranked among the highest in speaker evaluations and we are thrilled to have him return again this year!  Full bio...

mark anthony neal

Dr. Mark Anthony Neal is a Professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African-American Studies at Duke University, where he won the 2010 Robert B. Cox Award for Teaching.

Neal has written and lectured extensively on black popular culture, black masculinity, sexism and homophobia in Black communities, and the history of popular music.  Neal is the founder and managing editor of the blog NewBlackMan (http://newblackman.blogspot.com/). You can follow him on Twitter @NewBlackMan.  Full bio...

Damon Williams

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

Dr. 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.
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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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 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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