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Raising Our Voices:
Bold Innovations That Empower Students

Chicago – April 3-5, 2019

View bios for all 2019 Workshop/Roundtable presenters here.

Keynote Speakers:

Pictured (left to right): Donnell Butler, Eve L. Ewing, Na’ilah Suad Nasir

Donnell Butler, Senior Associate Dean for Planning and Analysis of Student Outcomes, Franklin & Marshall College (F&M)

Access Dr. Butler’s Keynote Presentation.

Dr. Donnell Butler is the Senior Associate Dean for Planning and Analysis of Student Outcomes at Franklin & Marshall College (F&M). His work focuses on identifying and enhancing individual characteristics and institutional actions that improve college student access and success. In over 15 years of education research and practice, his clients and employers have included the U.S. Department of Education and Educational Testing Service (ETS). He earned a B.A. in both Business Administration and Sociology from F&M and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University. He is a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow and a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Learn more about Donnell Butler.

Eve L. EwingAssistant Professor in the School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago; and Author, Electric Arches (2017) and Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side (2018)

Dr. Eve L. Ewing is a poet, visual artist, essayist, sociologist, and educator based in Chicago. Her recent book, Electric Arches (Haymarket Books, 2017), a collection of poetry, essays, and visual art, was named one of the top ten books of 2017 by the Chicago Tribune and the Best Poetry Book of 2017 by the Chicago Review of Books. In addition to her poetry and essays, Dr. Ewing’s scholarship focuses on the effects of systemic racism, social inequality, and urban policy on American public schools. She is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago, where she will begin as Assistant Professor in the School of Social Service Administration later in 2018. A dynamic and powerful voice, Dr. Ewing is a leader in the discussions on the role of black women in academia and writing. She uses Twitter as a platform for engagement on these subjects and more with her more than 115,000 followers. Her work has been published by The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Nation, and Poetry Magazine, among other outlets. Dr. Ewing completed her doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to that, she received an undergraduate degree with honors in English Language & Literature from the University of Chicago, with a focus on African-American literature of the twentieth century. She also holds an MAT in Elementary Education from Dominican University and an M.Ed in Education Policy and Management from Harvard. Learn more about Eve L. Ewing.

Na’ilah Suad Nasir, President, Spencer Foundation; and Author, Racialized Identities: Race and Achievement for African-American Youth (2011)

Dr. Na’ilah Suad Nasir is the sixth President of the Spencer Foundation, which supports research about education. She was a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley from 2008-2017, where she served as Vice-Chancellor of Equity and Inclusion at UC Berkeley beginning in November 2015. Dr. Nasir earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at UCLA in 2000, and was a member of the faculty in the School of Education at Stanford University from 2000-2008. Her work focuses on issues of race, culture, learning, and identity. She is the author of Racialized Identities: Race and Achievement for African-American Youth (Stanford University Press, 2011) and has published numerous scholarly articles. Dr. Nasir is a member of the National Academy of Education and a fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). In 2016 she was the recipient of the AERA Division G Mentoring Award. Learn more about Na’ilah Suad Nasir.

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