UNYCC FALL focus 2020

equity & Inclusion AS everyday practice

Oct. 9, 2020

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SESSION I: 10:30-12:00

From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education

Dr. Tia Brown McNair is the Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Executive Director for the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Centers at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, DC.  She oversees both funded projects and AAC&U’s continuing programs on equity, inclusive excellence, high-impact educational, and student success. McNair also directs AAC&U’s Summer Institute on High-Impact Educational Practices and Success, and Truth, Racial Healing, & Transformation Campus Centers. McNair serves as the project director for several AAC&U initiatives: “Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation,” “Strengthening Guided Pathways and Career Success by Ensuring Students are Learning,” and “Purposeful Pathways: Faculty Planning and Curricular Coherence.”

McNair also oversees AAC&U’s yearly Thematic Conferences. She is the lead author of the books From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education (January 2020) and Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success (July 2016). McNair earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and English at James Madison University and holds an M.A. in English from Radford University and a doctorate in higher education administration from George Washington University.

SESSION II: 1:00-2:30


Dr. Shirley M. Collado, the ninth president of Ithaca College, is known nationally for designing and implementing innovative approaches to higher education that expand student access and success in college, and she has extensive experience overseeing complex not-for-profit organizations in both the private and public sectors of higher education. She is a national thought leader on developing successful cross-sector collaborations, building the capacity of diversity and inclusion in organizations, and strengthening the pathway to the professoriate and leadership roles in higher education.
Prior to her appointment at Ithaca College, Dr. Collado served as executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer at Rutgers University–Newark and as vice president for student affairs and dean of the college at Middlebury College. She has also served as executive vice president of The Posse Foundation, which identifies, recruits, and trains outstanding youth leaders from urban public schools and sends them to top colleges and universities around the country.

As the Brooklyn-born daughter of Dominican immigrants, Dr. Collado is herself a member of The Posse Foundation’s inaugural class of students and the first person in her family to undergo the transformative experience of college matriculation and graduation. She is also the first Posse scholar to receive a doctoral degree and to serve as a trustee and as a president of an institution of higher education. Dr. Collado received her undergraduate degree in human and organizational development and psychology from Vanderbilt University, followed by MA and PhD degrees in clinical psychology from Duke University. She is a clinical psychologist with a specialty in trauma among multicultural populations at the intersection of race, ethnicity, and gender.

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