2018 Conference Speakers
New Orleans – April 11-13, 2018
Stay tuned for continued updates about our confirmed Keynote Speakers for the 2018 annual conference.
Pictured (left to right): Anthony Jack and Vijay Pendakur
Anthony Abraham Jack, Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and Assistant Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education; and Shutzer Assistant Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.
Anthony Jack is a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and Assistant Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also holds the Shutzer Assistant Professorship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. His research documents the overlooked diversity among lower-income undergraduates: the Doubly Disadvantaged (those who enter college from local, typically distressed public high schools) and Privileged Poor (those who do so from boarding, day, and preparatory high schools). His scholarship earned awards from the American Sociological Association, Eastern Sociological Society, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Tony held fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation and is a 2015 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellow. The National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan named him a 2016 Emerging Diversity Scholar. The New York Times, Boston Globe, The Huffington Post, The National Review, American RadioWorks, and MPR have featured his research as well as biographical profiles of his experiences as a first-generation college student. Learn more about Anthony Jack and view his publications.
Vijay Pendakur, Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students, Cornell University; and Editor, Closing the Opportunity Gap: Identity-Conscious Strategies for Retention and Student Success.
Dr. Vijay Pendakur serves as the Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students at Cornell University. Prior to this appointment, he worked on campus-wide student success initiatives for underserved populations as an Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at California State University – Fullerton. Before joining the team at Fullerton, Dr. Pendakur served as the Director for the Office of Multicultural Student Success at DePaul University in Chicago. He is the editor of the recent book, “Closing the Opportunity Gap: Identity-Conscious Strategies for Retention and Student Success,” as well as numerous chapters on Asian American racial identity development, color-blind racism, and critical leadership pedagogy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and East Asian studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a master’s degree in U.S. history from the University of California, San Diego, and a doctorate in education from DePaul University. Learn more about Vijay Pendakur.
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