2019 Forum Annual Meeting | Speakers


A Place for All? Belonging in Higher Education

April 24-26, 2019
Boulder, CO

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Photo of Myron AndersonMyron Anderson serves the University of Texas at San Antonio as the vice president for inclusive excellence and professor in the college of education. A member of the president’s cabinet, Anderson is the University’s chief diversity officer, responsible for developing an inclusive campus, and articulating and resolving current and future issues related to campus climate, diversity and inclusion. Prior to his current position, he served as the associate to the president for diversity, associate chair of the Teacher Education Department at MSU Denver, program leader in continuing education and director of student services at Virginia Tech and Winston-Salem State University, respectively. Anderson published the article entitled “Hierarchal Microaggressions in Higher Education” in the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, which has led to the creation of a new term “hierarchal microaggressions” identifying new territory where these actions take place. He has recently published a chapter entitled “Microaggressions in Higher Education: Embracing Educative Spaces” in the book Microaggression Theory: Influence and Implications, for John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ. Anderson earned a Ph.D. in instructional technology, a B.A. in political science from Virginia Tech, and a master’s degree in science in curriculum and instruction from Radford University (VA).

Photo of Twyla Baker-DemarayTwyla Baker-Demaray is the president of Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College in New Town, ND. She is a citizen of the Mandan, Hidatsa, & Arikara Nation. Prior to leading the tribal college, she was the director of the National Resource Center on Native American Aging based in Grand Forks, ND. While in Grand Forks she also co-founded the Northstar Council, whose mission is to strengthen and empower indigenous people through research, education, and community development with a focus on the American Indian population of northeast North Dakota. Baker-Demaray holds a B.S. in environmental geology and technology, a M.S. in education, and a Ph.D. in teaching and learning research methodology.

Photo of Jean BannonJean Bannon enjoys advising clients on employment law compliance, mentoring other German • Burnette & Associates attorneys and assisting with the defense of cases in all of the firm’s practice areas. Prior to joining the firm in 2009, Bannon served as senior in-house employment counsel for the University of New Mexico for many years and also worked in private practice. She is an experienced employment lawyer, advising clients on a variety of personnel matters, and other civil litigation claims against public and private entities. Jean offers practical legal advice and a wealth of expertise in employment and other areas of law. She has served as an arbitrator, has participated in numerous mediations and federal settlement conferences and has provided management training for public and private clients. She has been a frequently invited speaker at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities annual conferences.

Photo of Shannon CampbellShannon Campbell serves as director of graduate studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She develops centralized policies and procedures, leads the graduate council and represents graduate studies at the university level. She has been a professor of strategic communication for 21 years and served as chair of the journalism and strategic communication departments at High Point University in North Carolina, and director of graduate studies for the School of Communication at the University of Miami. Campbell received her B.S. in communication management from Missouri State University, M.A. in organizational communication from Southern Illinois University and Ph.D. in strategic communication from The University of Texas-Austin.

Photo of Darnell ColeDarnell Cole is an associate professor of education with an emphasis in higher education and education psychology at University of Southern California where he also serves as the co-director of the Center for Education, Identity and Social Justice. His areas of research include race/ ethnicity, diversity, college student experiences, and learning. Cole currently serves also as the Chair of the Multicultural/Multiethnic Education: Theory, Research, and Practice Special Interest Group for the American Educational Research Association. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina, at Charlotte, and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Indiana University, Bloomington. Previously he served as an associate professor in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Hawaii, Manoa (Honolulu). He was also a faculty member at Marquette University.

Photo of Sue DoeSue Doe is associate professor of English at Colorado State University, vice chair of Faculty Council, director of the Center for the Study of Academic Labor and co-editor of Academic Labor: Research and Artistry. Doe’s research spans three distinct areas--academic labor and the faculty career, writing across the curriculum, and student-veteran transitional literacies in the post-9/11 era.

Photo of Staci EmmStaci Emm has been with the College of Cooperative Extension at the University of Nevada, Reno for 18 years with the last 14 as extension educator in Mineral County. Emm is nationally recognized for agriculture and American Indian extension programs, receiving five national awards and senatorial congressional recognition. She is a project director for the Walker River Reservation for the Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP) and works with American Indian tribes all over the West with land-tenure, water rights management, and business development. Emm has a B.A. in journalism from University of Nevada, Reno and a Master’s in Agriculture from Colorado State University.   

Photo of Abby FerberAbby Ferber is professor of sociology and women’s and ethnic studies at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, as well as co-founder and director of The Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion and The Knapsack Institute: Transforming Teaching and Learning. She is the author/editor of eight books, including Home Grown Hate, and researches, teaches and speaks around the country about intersectionality, privilege, the white nationalist movement, and contemporary issues in higher education, including inclusive pedagogy, student conflict, academic freedom, and cyber harassment of faculty. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 1994.

Photo of Maria MaistoMaria Maisto is president of New Faculty Majority: The National Coalition for Adjunct and Contingent Equity and serves on the board of The National Faculty Majority (NFM) Foundation, the Center for the Study of Academic Labor, and on the National Advisory Panel of the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement. She served as executive director of the NFM Foundation and previously worked as an adjunct faculty member in English in Ohio and Maryland. She currently serves as executive director of the Committee for Montgomery, a coalition of labor, education, business, civic, and arts groups in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Photo of Safiya Umojo NobleSafiya Umoja Noble is an assistant professor at the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication. Her research training in critical information studies includes interdisciplinary investigations and methods of understanding the role of online content in relationship to shaping culture, particularly for underrepresented users of online content. Her best-selling monograph on racist and sexist algorithmic bias, entitled Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism, was recently released in February of 2018. She is the recipient of a Hellman Fellowship and UCLA Early Career Award and holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in library & information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a B.A. in sociology from California State University, Fresno.

Photo of Joel PerezJoel Pérez recently served as the vice president and dean of students at Whittier College, a private, historically Quaker, liberal arts, Hispanic/Minority-Serving Institution located in Southern California. Over the last 15 years he has held various leadership roles at the regional and national level with NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Recently, he coauthored the chapter “Pursuing the Dream: Policy, Practice, and Broken Promises for Undocumented Students” in Latinx/a/os in Higher Education: Exploring Identity, Pathways, and Success. He earned his three degrees from institutions in California: a B.S. in business administration from Biola University; a M.Ed. in college student affairs from Azusa Pacific University; and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Claremont Graduate University.

Photo of Steven ShulmanSteven Shulman is a professor of economics and research director for the Center for the Study of Academic Labor at Colorado State University. His current research interest is the economics of higher education. His earlier publications are mostly about labor market outcomes for African Americans, the economic consequences of changes in family structure, the impact of immigration on American workers, and union membership. He earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Photo of Carmen SuargesCarmen Suarez is an assistant professor of practice in the educational administration and higher education department of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Prior to this, she was vice president for global diversity and inclusion at Portland State University.  She also served as the founding chief diversity officer of the University of Idaho. Suarez has developed underrepresented faculty/staff/student strategic recruitment and retention plans, investigated and resolved civil rights and trauma informed complaints, monitored various dimensions of institutional equity, and overseen Title IX, ADA and AA/EEO compliance. She led diversity strategic planning dimensions for two university strategic plans, making concrete the path for institutional inclusive excellence. Suarez has a B.A. and M.A. in history and a Ph.D. in higher education administration.

Photo of Rebecca TsosieRebecca Tsosie is a Regents’ Professor of Law at the University of Arizona and faculty co-chair of the Indigenous Peoples’ Law and Policy Program. She was recently appointed as vice provost for inclusion and multicultural engagement after serving for two years as special advisor to the provost for diversity and inclusion.  In her new role, she will work with faculty and administrators to align the university’s core values of diversity and inclusion with the intellectual mission and new strategic plan of the university.  Tsosie received her B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Photo of Yvette TuellYvette Tuell is employed with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, serving as the policy analyst since 2016. Tuell is responsible for providing policy guidance for the Fort Hall Business Council, in support of the Tribes’ inherent and treaty reserved rights.  She also develops, implements and administers tribal policies, and works to improve tribal/federal and state relations. She has a B.A. in anthropology from Idaho State University, a Master's of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School, and is currently seeking a doctorate in U.S. history at the University of Utah.

Photo of Jason YounkerJason Younker is the assistant vice president and advisor to the president on sovereignty and government-to-government relations at the University of Oregon and a citizen of the Coquille Indian Tribe. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Oregon and returned to Oregon after teaching at Rochester Institute of Technology for a decade. Younker received the prestigious Ely S. Parker Award from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (2014) for his work with tribal governments and students in higher education. He is the past-president of the Association of Indigenous Anthropologists and is originally from Coos Bay, Oregon.