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"Community Colleges as Agents for Racial Justice & Decolonization: Closing the Equity Gap"

June 15, 2018 | Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta Technical College | 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

Community colleges and other two-year institutions of higher education have long served the educational needs of the vast majority of students of color, racial minorities, and colonized people. Realistically, the volume of students from these populations have frequently been the statistic majority in these educational settings. Yet, there remains an equity gap between these students who attend and graduate these institutions and their White counterparts. The gap widens further when looking at overall achievement throughout all types of higher education in the United States. This conference is being held to dialogue and learn about how community colleges and other two-year institutions can serve as agents for racial justice and decolonization. Current quality practices and future recommendations will be explored in relation to issues of politics, access, identity, and policy.

Conference Schedule

8:00-8:45am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:45-9:15am Welcome & Introductions
9:15-10:00am Keynote
10:10-11:10am Breakout Session I
11:10-12:10pm Networking Lunch
12:10-1:10pm Breakout Session II
1:15-2:15pm Breakout Session III
2:20-3:15pm Closing

Keynote Speaker: Darris R. Means

Darris R. Means headshotDr. Darris R. Means is an Assistant Professor of College Student Affairs Administration in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services at the University of Georgia. He is originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina. Dr. Means earned his Ph.D. in Educational Research and Policy Analysis with a concentration in Higher Education from North Carolina State University, a M.Ed. in Counselor Education with a concentration in Student Affairs from Clemson University, and a B.A. in Sociology and Political Science from Elon University. Prior to University of Georgia, he was an administrator with the Elon Academy, a university-based college access and success program at Elon University, working with students with a financial need and/or no family history of college on their pathways to and through higher education.  His research focuses on diversity and equity in secondary and higher education contexts. Specifically, he examines how geographical locale, policies, and other mechanisms support and/or hinder college access for minoritized youth. Additionally, he examines the collegiate learning and development experiences of Black and Latinx college students; low-income, first-generation college students; and Black gay, lesbian, bisexual, and queer students. His recent publications have appeared in The Review of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, and Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Dr. Means has also received several recognitions and funding for his research, including ACPA’s Emerging Scholars Award and National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.