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National Conference

4th Annual National Conference on
Diverse Recruitment, Retention and Campus
(Sold Out)

Sessions on Recruitment/Retention of Faculty, Staff, Graduate and Undergraduate Students

Scottsdale Marriott Suites Old Town* (click here for hotel link)
November 4th - 6th
Scottsdale, AZ

Cost: $545 (includes session material and conference meals)

Limited seating.

*Hotel: Negotiated rate of $139 per night under The Academic Network.

To submit your name for the wait list, please send an email to


Conference Agenda
Monday, November 4th
8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Dr. Sonel Y. Shropshire
The Academic Network, Inc.
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Exploring the Campus Diversity Dynamic
Michael J. Tate, Ph.D.
Special Assistant to the Provost/Chief Diversity Officer
Office of Equity and Diversity
Washington State University
9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m

Global Diversity: The New Frontier of Recruitment and Partnership
Douglas Price, Dean of Global Education
Tulsa Community College

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Covert and Overt Forms of "Affirmative Action": For Whom and Towards What End
Christine Clark, Ed.D, Professor and Senior Scholar in Multicultural Education, Founding Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

How to Be a Tenure Track Star: A Rundown of Proven Success Strategies for First Year Faculty of Color
Regina Dixon-Reeves, Ph.D.
Faculty Development/Diversity Specialist
University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences
The University of Chicago

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch: Special Guest Speaker
A History of Diversity: An Inside Perspective

Roy Willis, First African-American Graduate of The University of Virginia, College of Arts and Sciences

1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m

Attracting More Hispanic, Native American and African American Students for Graduate Programs
Greg Roseboro, Director of Diversity Programs
University of Georgia School of Law
2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Building Your Own Graduate Admissions Prep Program for Entrance Exams
Eva Lana, President
Binary Solution, Inc.

3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Incorporating Supplier Diversity into Your Campus Mission
Chris Morrow, Manager, Strategic Alliances
Magic Johnson Enterprises



Tuesday, November 5th
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Special Breakfast Session:
Creating Your Diversity Infrastructure
Dr. Sonel Y. Shropshire, President
The Academic Network, Inc.
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

The Role of Leadership in Determining Diversity Policies
Lynette Chappell-Williams, Associate Vice President, Inclusion & Workforce Diversity
Cornell University

9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Role of Social Media and Public Relations in Higher Ed
Jess Block Nerren, President and Pubicist
Felten Media Services

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Decolonizing the Academy: Transformative Partnerships between Faculty and Staff for Social Justice
Dr. Darryl Brice, Faculty - Sociology, Highline Community College
Yoshiko Harden, Vice President for Diversity - Bellevue College

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 a.m. 

Connecting Academic Institutions with Corporations
Ruth Sweetser, Director, Corporate Relations Illinois Institute of Technology

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch: Special Guest Speaker
Diversity and Faith Missions: The Christian College Experience

Paul Faber, Coordinator of Diversity Priorities and Initiatives
Missouri Baptist University
1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Shaping Your Message of Institutional Diversity
Menah Pratt-Clarke, JD, PhD, Associate Chancellor

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Reaching Past Test Scores in Evaluating Diverse Student Pools
Janice Austin, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
University of California Irvine School of Law







Wednesday, November 6th

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

The E-expectations of College and Grad
School-Bound Students
Darla Pires DeGrace, Account Manager for College Partnerships

9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Town Hall Meeting: Unconscious Bias and the Impact of Negative Stereotyping
Lorre Allen, MBA, CELS, Director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
University of Washington

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

First Impression: The Impact of the Post-Selection Faculty Visits
Tim Davey. PhD. MSW, Associate Vice Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs
Virginia Commonwealth University

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Challenges of Community Colleges in Establishing Diversity
Sumana Misra-Zets, Director of College & Community Diversity Initiatives
Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)


About the Hotel:

The Scottsdale Marriott Suites Old Town Hotel is located just steps from Scottsdale's historic Old Town district and offers the finest suites in Scottsdale. Discover great shops and restaurants all within walking distance to our modern downtown Scottsdale hotel. This Old Town Scottsdale all-suite hotel has consistently ranked in the top one percent for Marriott guest satisfaction. Our Scottsdale suites feature separate living room, bedroom and oversized marble bathroom. In-room amenities include a well-lit work desk with high-speed Internet service, wet bar, refrigerator and balcony with picturesque views. The 3rd Avenue Grill and Lounge, our on-site downtown Scottsdale restaurant, features American cuisine in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. Discover exceptional service and meeting rooms for groups and events at our Old Town Scottsdale hotel. Within walking distance to many historic Old Town favorites, the Scottsdale Marriott Suites Old Town Hotel is the ideal choice for your stay in downtown Scottsdale, AZ.
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