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Breakout Speakers

Derrell AconDerrell Acon 
Founder and executive director, classiCALE
“The Singing Blacktivist: A Case for Performance Activism and Education”
April 27 and 28, 10–10:45 a.m.

Sandy AddisSandy Addis, Ed.D. 
Director, National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, Clemson University
“Preventing Dropouts Among Males of Color: Where Are We and What Have We Learned?”
April 27 and 28, 10–10:45 a.m.

Sturgis AllenSturgis Gregg Allen 
Americas development engineer, Dow Corning Co.
“Typical Hurdles and Obstacles for Men of Color in Highly yTechnical Fields”
April 27 and 28, 11–11:45 a.m.

Bea BaileyBea Bailey, Ed.D. 
Professor of teaching and learning, Clemson University
Co-presenter Brandon Beck, middle-level education graduate student, Clemson University;
and Co-presenter Cameron Robinson, middle-level education graduate student, Clemson University
“South Carolinians for the Common Good Multimedia History Project”
April 27, 2:30–3:15 p.m.

E. Keith BaileyE. Keith Bailey 
Executive director, Pee Dee Math, Science and Technology Academy
Co-presenter Aimee Cox-King, founder and executive director, Cypress Adventures Inc
“Pathways to Student Achievement Through Restorative Justice and Problem-Based Learning”
April 27 and 28, 10–10:45 a.m.

Joshua BatesJoshua Bates 
Community engagement coordinator, Kirwan Institute
Co-presenter Kyle Strickland, J.D., senior legal analyst, Kirwan Institute
“I Am My Brother’s Keeper: Community Engagement in Columbus, Ohio”
April 27 and 28, 11–11:45 a.m.

Tyrone BledsoeTyrone Bledsoe, Ph.D. 
Founder and CEO-president, Student African-American Brotherhood
"Cultivating a Passion for Success: From Dreams to Reality"
April 27, 11–11:45 a.m.; April 28, 10–10:45 a.m.

A.D. CarsonA.D. Carson 
Doctoral candidate, rhetorics, communication and information design, Clemson University
“It Is Our Duty to Fight for Our Freedom: Social Justice and Activism on the College Campus”
April 27, 10–10:45 a.m.; April 28, 11-11:45 a.m.

Ken CastonJa’Ken T. Caston, Ed.D.
Principal, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
Co-presenter Jonelle Knox, director, Student Life Men of Color Initiative, Bronx Community College
“From Incarceration to Colleges: Providing a Pathway to Success”
April 27, 2:30–3:15 p.m.

Al-Lateef FarmerAl-Lateef Farmer
Student development specialist, Mercer County Community College
Co-presenter John Smith, Educational Opportunity Fund counselor, New Jersey City University
“You Ain’t Who They Say You Are”
April 27 and 28, 11–11:45 a.m.

E. Sergio GarciaSergio Garcia
Vice president of operations and university chief of staff, SUNY Upstate Medical University
“Courage Under Fire”
April 27 and 28, 11–11:45 a.m.

Darryl GardnerDarryl Gardner 
Director, Emerging and Rising Scholars Programs, Wayne State University
Co-presenter Jonathan Parks, director, Michigan GEAR UP and Educational Talent Search, Wayne State University
“Building a Network for Black Males within an Urban Institution”
April 27, 11–11:45 a.m.; April 28, 10–10:45 a.m.

Abe GoldbergAbe Goldberg, Ph.D.
Director of service-learning and community engagement and associate professor of political science, University of South Carolina Upstate
“Improving Our Democracy: The Role of Higher Education”
April 27, 2:30–3:15 p.m.; April 28, 10–10:45 a.m.

Julio HernandezJulio Hernandez
Associate director of Hispanic outreach, Clemson University
“In Their Own Voices: Why the Hispanic Achievement Gap and What to Do About It?”
April 28, 11–11:45 a.m.

Winston HoltonWinston Holton 
Field coordinator, Call Me MISTER program, Clemson University
“Call Me Mister: Leading through Educational Empowerment"
April 27 and 28, 11–11:45 a.m.

Jerome HudsonJerome Hudson, Ph.D.
Assistant superintendent for student services, Anderson School District Five
“#Mentoring 100”
April 27 and 28, 10–10:45 a.m.

Harold HughesHarold Hughes
Founder and CEO, BANDWAGON
“The Path Less Taken: Creating Entrepreneurial Success in our Communities”
April 27 and 28, 11–11:45 a.m.

Daniel JeanDaniel Jean, Ed.D. 
Executive director, Educational Opportunity Fund and Academic Development, Montclair State University

“Discovering Your College Swagger: Graduation and Beyond!”
April 27 and 28, 11–11:45 a.m.

Wagaye JohannesWagaye Johannes
Project director, Generation Study Abroad Initiative, Institute of International Education, New York City
Co-presenter Benardo Dargan, director, graduate students and global student life, Clemson University; and Co-presenter Meredith Wilson, student services manager, Clemson University
“The Secret Sauce: Closing the Achievement Gap Through Study Abroad”
April 27 and 28, 10–10:45 a.m.

Chris LundyChris Lundy
Graduation coach, Kennesaw State University
Co-presenter Salazec Spratling, academic adviser and first-year seminar instructor, Kennesaw State University and Co-presenter Yen Rodriguez (co-presenter), Assistant director of race, culture and ethnicity programs, Kennesaw State University
“Be an OG: Success Strategies from Orientation to Graduation”
April 27 and 28, 11–11:45 a.m.

Kevin McGeeKevin R. McGee
Founder and CEO, Avid Entrepreneurship, and former trustee, Morehouse College
“A Man’s Purpose + A Man’s Passion = A Man’s Profit”
April 27 and 28, 10–10:45 a.m.

Khalilah ShabazzKhalilah Shabazz, Ph.D.
Director, Multicultural Center, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
“Don’t Color Me Out — I’m a Success NOT a failure!”
April 27, 2:30–3:15 p.m.; April 28, 10–10:45 a.m.

Marcus SharpeMarcus E. Sharpe, Psy.D.
Senior instructor, Portland State University
“How’s Your Mentor Health? Unwritten Keys to Success in Higher Education”
April 27 and 28, 11–11:45 a.m.

Bryant K. SmithBryant K. Smith
President, Smith Consulting and Networking
“Am I My Brother's Keeper?”
April 27 and 28, 11–11:45 a.m.

Rhondda ThomasRhondda Thomas, Ph.D.
Associate professor of African-American literature, Clemson University
“Call My Name: African-Americans in Early Clemson University History”
April 27 and 28, 11–11:45 a.m.

John Alvarez-TurnerJohn Alvarez-Turner
Associate director, Multicultural Center, The University of Akron
“Hispanic/Latin@ Student Challenges and Opportunities for a Seamless Transition into Higher Education”
April 27, 2:30–3:15 p.m.

Rachel WagnerRachel Wagner, Ed.D.
Assistant professor of education and organizational leadership development, Clemson University
“Designing Effective Diversity Education for College Men”
April 27, 10–10:45 a.m.

Gilman WhitingGilman Whiting, Ph.D.
Associate professor; director, Scholar Identity Institute; and director of graduate studies, Vanderbilt University
“The Scholar Identity Model: Changing Black Males’ Academic Mindset”
April 27, 2:30–3:15 p.m.; April 28, 10–10:45 a.m.

Zachery WilliamsZachery Williams, Ph.D.
Associate professor of African-American history, The University of Akron
“Notes of a Native Son: How Biography, Autoethnography and History Can Shape a Transformative Pedagogy for African-American Males and Men”
April 27, 2:30–3:15 p.m.; April 28, 10–10:45 a.m.

Harold WoodardHarold Woodard
Senior director, Faculty Success, University of North Texas
Co-presenter Damian Torres, director, Multicultural Center, University of North Texas
“Minority Male Mentoring at the University of North Texas”
April 27 and 28, 10–10:45 a.m.

Sandra E. YudiceSandra E. Yudice, Ph.D.
Assistant county administrator, Richland County, South Carolina
“Latino Students’ Higher Education Issues in Greenville County, South Carolina”
April 27, 2:30–3:15 p.m.