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...

Juan Gilbert

Dr. Juan E. Gilbert

Dr. Juan E. Gilbert is the Andrew Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Professor and Chair of the Computer & Information Science & Engineering Department at the University of Florida where he leads the Human Experience Research Lab.


Dr. Gilbert is also a Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science, National Associate of the National Research Council of the National Academies, an ACM Distinguished Scientist and a Senior Member of the IEEE. Dr. Gilbert was recently named one of the 50 most important African-Americans in Technology.   Full bio...

Pre-Conference Workshops - Thursday, February 18, 2016
Harris and Wood

Male Program Assessment for College Excellence (MPACE)
Dr. Harris and Dr. Wood

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.