Dr. Shaun Harper - Dr. Harper has prior professional experience in undergraduate student affairs, graduate recruitment and admissions, and academic program administration. Formerly he served as an assistant professor and executive director of the Doctor of Education Program at the University of Southern California. Professor Harper has published nine books and more than 75 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and other academic publications. He also has delivered over 50 keynote addresses and presented more than 130 research papers, workshops, and symposia at national education conferences. His research has been praised by the Association for the Study of Higher Education (2008 Early Career Award), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (2010 Outstanding Contribution to Research Award), and the American Educational Research Association (2010 Division G Early Career Award).In the opening keynote, Professor Harper will talk about what is likely to be found when we seek out success among students of color in urban schools. Specifically, he will share recommendations based on findings from his newest study of college ready, college bound Black and Latino male achievers in 40 public high schools across New York City.
Dr. Christine Sleeter - Christine E. Sleeter, PhD. (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1982) is Professor Emerita in the College of Professional Studies at California State University Monterey Bay, where she was a founding faculty member. Formerly a high school learning disabilities teacher in Seattle, she previously served as a faculty member at Ripon College in Wisconsin and at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, and a visiting professor at Victoria University in New Zealand, San Jose State University, San Francisco State University, and University of Washington, Seattle. She is currently Immediate Past President of the National Association for Multicultural Education, and previously served as Vice President of Division K (Teaching and Teacher Education) of the American Educational Research Association. Her research focuses on anti-racist multicultural education and teacher education, and currently she is developing a new area, critical family history.
Dr. Joy DeGruy - Dr. Joy DeGruy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication, a master's degree in Social Work (MSW), a master's degree in Clinical Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Social Work Research. Dr. Joy DeGruy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher, educator, author and presenter. She is an Assistant Professor at Portland State University and the President of JDP Inc. Dr. DeGruy has over twenty-five years of practical experience as a professional in the field of social work. She conducts workshops and trainings in the areas of mental health, social justice and culture specific social service model development. Dr. Joy DeGruy authored the book entitled Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing, which addresses the residual impacts of trauma on African Descendants in the Americas.