Conference Speakers & Panelists


Dr. Gloria Gibson

“Through interdisciplinary partnerships and innovative collaborations, our goal is the discovery of new knowledge that contributes to our mission of engaging students and faculty, and impacting academic and global communities,” says Dr. Gloria Gibson. Dr. Gloria Gibson is Morgan State University’s Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and has served in this role since 2014. Since Dr. Gibson has been at Morgan, she has led faculty teams that have maintained university accreditation, strengthened faculty programs and increased faculty research funding, including efforts that have garnered over $1 million from the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Gibson has been in higher education for more than 20 years, serving in a number of different roles, at several institutions. Before coming to Morgan, Dr. Gibson served as executive vice president and provost, professor and as interim president at the University of Northern Iowa.  Before that, Dr. Gibson served as the inaugural dean of Arkansas State University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and in various capacities at Indiana University Bloomington, including associate Vice-Chancellor of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and associate professor of the school’s Folklore and Ethnomusicology Department.

Dr. Gibson earned a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts degree in music education at Southern Illinois University. She received her doctoral degree in folklore, with a concentration in ethnomusicology, at Indiana University Bloomington. She will be presenting the Welcome Address during the 2018 G.R.I.N.D. Conference.


Maurissa Stone Bass
Maurissa Stone Bass

Maurissa Stone Bass founded Iona Concepts, Inc. in 1993 as Training and Change Management Consulting organization, which is the umbrella for the renowned Baltimore-based company, The Living Well Center. Iona Concepts’ mission is to facilitate planned change in systems, organizations and communities. An artist whose medium is life, fulfills her passion for facilitating individual and community development by creating resource circles for human and community expansion. Her artistic expression was formed by responding to the needs of social equity by designing and delivering creative, interactive media based training programs. Her career spans 25 years as a change agent, working in higher education, conducting strategic planning, systems change and training initiatives for Federal, State, local governments and non-profit organizations. In addition to her role as the Director of Innovation, she also works as an adjunct instructor at the University of Baltimore. She conducts community development training and consultation nationally. Her unique niche is working with social justice and arts organizations by supporting infrastructure and resource development. Maurissa specializes in Strategic Planning, Community Development/Organizing, Non-profit Board Development, Career/Life Coaching, Retreat Planning/facilitation, Motivational Speaking, Organizational Development Training, and Iona Circles an organizational, systems and personal change management process designed to address work and life conditions that impact the human spirit and energy. She is the featured presenter for the session, “The Intersections of Academic Impact & Social Engagement”.

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Paris Adkins-Jackson

Paris Adkins-Jackson is a community-based multidisciplinary researcher whose work seeks to increase quality of life for under-served communities through mixed method research, development of instruments (surveys and assessments) and technology, and the implementation and evaluation of innovative programs. She is recipient of numerous accolades, including recognition in 2016 by the United States White House as an HBCU All-Star.  She currently serves as the Graduate Student Council Co-Lead as a member of the Morgan State Graduate Student Association. She has been a college instructor for 10 years in the areas of Anthropology and Dance and shares her expertise in quantitative methodology in various formats.

Her dissertation research involved the development of a conceptual framework of self-care for Black women and the psychometric examination of an existing self-care assessment to evaluate its culturally-responsiveness. She will present this research in the GRIND conference special presentation titled, “Black Women & Self-Care”.

Paris Adkins-Jackson has earned a BA in Journalism, an MA in Cultural Anthropology, a MPH in Applied Biostatistics & Epidemiology, and as of May 2018, she will have earned a PhD in Psychometrics from Morgan State University. She is the founder and CEO of Asante Wellness, LLC, a research and data analysis company.


Dr. Donald Knight

Dr. Donald Knight‘s research interests include mentoring experiences of minority doctoral students and health inequities for African American men. He is currently a lecturer at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He will be a panelist on the panel titled, “Maximizing Your Graduate School Experiences Before Graduation”.



Dr. Uttam Gaulee

Dr. Uttam Gaulee is an edupreneur and a scholar of international higher education. He studies higher education at the intersection of student development, public policy, and multiculturalism. His research interests include community college systems, development education, and diaspora studies along with interdisciplinary perspectives on education policy, global citizenship, and cross-cultural issues in international development and geopolitics.Currently serving as a faculty member in the Community College Leadership Doctoral Program at Morgan State University, Dr. Gaulee is an advocate of the idea of community college as a vehicle for social progress and economic development in and beyond the US. He is currently documenting the international adaptations of community college via his book project Global Adaptations of Community College Infrastructure.Dr. Gaulee has devoted the past 15 years of his academic and professional life helping to promote issues related to student success, workforce development, and institutional effectiveness. He served as program director of the Community College Futures Assembly, an independent policy think tank for community college leaders including presidents, trustees, and administrators. As the program director of the Futures Assembly, he teamed up to collaborate with multiple national commissions and councils to evaluate and promote best practices among community colleges while hosting national policy summits on workforce development, reverse transfer, and talent pipeline management.  He is editor of the new academic journal, Journal of Underrepresented and Minority Progress (JUMP). Dr. Gaulee will be on the panel titled, “Turning Your Dissertation Research Into Published Articles After Graduation”.


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Dr. Omari Jackson

Dr. Omari Jackson is Assistant Professor of Urban Educational Leadership in the School of Education and Urban Studies at Morgan State University. Prior to this appointment, he served one year as a faculty member in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Morgan. He has also served on the faculty at Colby-Sawyer College and Concordia University-Ann Arbor.

Dr. Jackson has a wealth of experience working with minorities in higher education, in terms of recruitment, retention, and post-secondary success. Furthermore, he gives talks on educational motivation, success, and persistence. Most recently, he was selected (as one of 14 faculty members nationwide) to participate in a faculty leadership program in public policy at the nation’s first and largest policy analysis doctoral program—Pardee RAND Graduate School. This opportunity enabled him to delve more deeply into educational policy, in hopes of creating pre-college programs oriented toward middle class blacks. Dr. Jackson will be a panelist on the panel “Preparing for an Academic Career in Today’s Job Market”.

Sharlene Allen
Dr. Sharlene Allen Milton

Dr. Sharlene Allen Milton is a Caribbean- American (father from St. Kitts and mother from Jamaica), Native of Bronx, New York.  She is a graduate of Morgan State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work in 1995. She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work in 1997 from Smith College School for Social Work.  In 2014, she received her Doctorate of Education in Human and Organizational Learning from George Washington University. Her research interests are in the area of   dispersed/remote work and leadership styles of women of color and work life balance for women of color.

Dr. Allen Milton serves as full-time Lecturer and school social work concentration chair for MSU School of Social Work-Master’s Program.  Dr. Allen Milton is a Licensed Certified Clinical Social Worker and has worked as a contracted school social worker for Baltimore City Schools, mental health therapist, Treatment Foster Care administrator, supervisor, and clinical case worker in the state of Maryland over the course of 17 years.

Dr. Allen is a member National Association of Social Workers, National Association of Black Social Workers, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated. When Dr. Allen Milton is not working, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband Carl, daughter Anastasia (2 years) as well as chatting over a cup of tea with friends and loved ones. She is a panelist on the panel “Publishing During Your Graduate School Career: Do’s & Don’ts”.

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Dr. Ramon Goings

Dr. Ramon B. Goings is an assistant professor of educational leadership at Loyola University Maryland. His research interests are centered on exploring the academic and social experiences of gifted/high-achieving Black males PK-PhD, nontraditional student success, diversifying the teacher and school leader workforce, and investigating the contributions of historically Black colleges and universities. Dr. Goings is the co-editor of Graduate Education at Historically Black Colleges and University: A Student Perspective (2016, Routledge Press), R.A.C.E Mentoring Through Social Media: Black and Hispanic Scholars Share Their Journey in The Academy (2016, Information Age), and How Obama Changed the Political Landscape (Prager, 2017). Along with his scholarship Dr. Goings serves as the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of African American Males in Education. Dr. Goings was named a 2017 Emerging Scholar by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education and received the 2016 College Board Professional Fellowship.

Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Goings was a music education and special education teacher in several urban school districts including Baltimore City Public Schools and was a foster care and youth probation counselor/advocate in New Haven, Connecticut. In 2013 he served as a fellow with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He earned his Doctor of Education degree in urban educational leadership from Morgan State University, Master of Science in human services from Post University, and Bachelor of Arts in music education from Lynchburg College. He will be on the panels, “Publishing During Your Graduate School Career: Do’s and Don’ts” and “Turning Your Dissertation Research Into Published Articles After Graduation”.

Dr. Krishna Bista

Dr. Krishna Bista is an Associate Professor in the Department of Advanced Studies, Leadership and Policy at Morgan State University. His research focuses on college student experiences related to classroom participation, perceptions of academic integrity, faculty-student relationships, role of advisors, and cross-cultural teaching and learning strategies in higher education. Previously, Dr. Bista served as the director of Global Education at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where he was Chase Endowed Professor of Education in the School of Education.

Currently, Dr. Bista is working on a book project Global Perspectives on International Student Experiences in Higher Education: Tensions and Issues (Routledge, New York). Dr. Bista is the Founding Editor of the Journal of International Students, a quarterly publication on international higher education. He is also associate editor of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education. Dr. Bista serves on the editorial review boards for Kappa Delta Pi Record, Teachers College Record, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, and International Journal of Leadership in Education. He has reviewed several book projects related to educational research, international and comparative education series for Routledge, Sage, Palgrave MacMillan, and Bloomsbury publications. Dr. Bista presents annually at national and international conferences—American Educational Research Association, Comparative and International Educational Society, and Association for the Study of Higher Education. Dr. Bista will be a panelist on the panel titled, “Preparing for an Academic Career in Today’s Job Market”.


Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman

Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman serves as a graduate assistant in the School of Education and Urban Studies and is Vice President of the Morgan State Graduate Student Association (MSGSA).  As a part of the MSGSA, she leads the programming efforts and directs all association print and digital media communication. She also manages the association’s social branding. As a graduate assistant, she serves as a member of the editorial board for the MSU-based  scholarly publication, Journal of Underrepresented and Minority Progress (JUMP).

Ms. Ali-Coleman is a multi-media strategist, activist and professional creative who has built an expansive interdisciplinary career as a professional in higher education, media, student development and the arts.  An early adopter of digital streaming and companion video for print news and feature stories, she has enjoyed a successful freelance journalist career working with a range of news companies, including Capital Community News, The AFRO, and The Washington Informer.  An advocate of independent and community media, she has worked as a news reporter for Pacifica radio’s Washington DC affiliate WPFW 89.3 FM and served as co-host of the Living Unbound segment on 88.9 FM WEAA during the show First Edition with Sean Yoes in 2017.  As faculty advisor for student publications at Prince George’s Community College (PGCC), she received an Impact Grant Award in 2015 from PGCC to produce the inaugural Mid-Atlantic Media Arts and Communication Conference (#MACMACCon) which she produced through her organization Student Media Online (formerly College Media Arts and Communication Association.) Student Media Online co-sponsors the IN FOCUS Film Screening taking place this year as part of the 2018 GRIND Conference.

A professional performance artist and writer, she is a recipient of a 2015 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist award and founder  and creative director of the touring performing arts collective Liberated Muse.  As an educator and speaker she has shared her expertise in digital media, communication studies, gender equity, African-American issues, college first-year experience and the arts. She has also worked as a facilitator with notable brands such as BlogHer, Ignite DC, DC Commission on the Arts, Capital Fringe, the National Urban League’s Haysbert Entrepreneurial Center and more.

Ms. Ali-Coleman holds an undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (African-American Studies & Mass Media) from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), and a Master of Arts degree in Mass Communication from Towson University. For more than five years, she has served as teaching faculty of Communication Studies and Freshman Experience courses at colleges and universities in the Mid-Atlantic region, including Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC), Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) and Morgan State University.  She is currently pursuing doctoral studies at Morgan State University in Community College Leadership. She is a mom to a home-schooled high school freshman who is dual-enrolled in a community college; so, her field of study is close to her heart. Ms. Ali-Coleman will be a panelist on the panel, “Maximizing Your Graduate School Experience Before Graduation”.  She is the chair and coordinator of the MSGSA GRIND conference planning committee.


Lakeisha Mixon
Lakeisha Mixon

Lakeisha Mixon is currently the 2017-2018 White House HBCU All-Star Ambassador for Morgan State University.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Morgan State University. Prior to attending Morgan, Lakeisha earned her Associate of Arts degree in both Business Administration and Psychology from the Community College of Baltimore County. Passionate about mental health in the African American community, Lakeisha conducted extensive research on childhood victimization and its impact on help-seeking behaviors, resiliency, and psychological distress. Lakeisha is in her final year of the Master of Social Work program at Morgan State University with a concentration in Urban Children, Youth, and Families. She is the founding president of the Association of Black Social Workers and the Co-Lead for the Graduate Student Council, an arm of the Graduate Student Association. She is also a Research Assistant for a study on the relationship between trauma and substance abuse for the ASCEND Center for Biomedical Research. Lakeisha plans to pursue her doctorate degree in Epidemiology while working to change the rhetoric on mental illness in the African American community.  She will be a panelist on the panel, “Maximizing Your Graduate School Experiences Before Graduation”.

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Dr. Benjamin Welsh

Dr. Benjamin Welsh was raised in North Carolina in 1960’s by parents committed to using the arts to bridge the racial and economic divides that plagued the South. Now, walking in their footsteps as a professor in higher education and urban educational leadership in the Department of Advanced Studies, Professor Welsh devotes his courses and research to understanding diversity, discrimination and structural inequities in American education and beyond. Dr. Welsh will be on the panel “Pedagogy of the Oppressed: A Conversation of the Past 50 Years”.


Glenn Eichelberger

Glenn Eichelberger currently serves a Music Teacher at Holabird Middle School in Dundalk, Maryland and  is a Master of Arts student studying Music at Morgan State University. Mr. Eichelberger serves as the CEO of Virtuoso Production & Consulting, Inc. a non-profit company founded to provide consulting/management services, scholarships through a charitable manner, civic and social activities to deserving students that participate in the arts (Music, Drama, etc.).  He is also a former member of the U.S. Marines Basic Musician Enlistment Program where he studied at the Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia. Mr. Eichelberger holds a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies from Florida Memorial University. He is also the Founder and President of the Palm Beach Band Director Coalition.


Mr. Eichelberger is a member of the HBCU-National Band Director Consortium, Music Educator National Conference (MENC), Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA), Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA), International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE), FAMU Marching 100 Alumni Band Association, (DAC) Diaspora Arts Coalition, (UTD) United Teachers of Dade, Florida Education Association (FEA), National Education Association (NEA), Teacher Association of Baltimore County (TABCO), Maryland Music Educators Association, and an honorary member of the Eta Omicron Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma. He is an active member of the Morgan State Graduate Student Association (MSGSA) and will be moderating a doctoral panel during the GRIND conference.

Varsty Muhummad
Varsty Muhammad

Varsty Muhummad is a Ph.D. student and graduate assistant within the Department of Advanced Studies, Leadership and Policy with an emphasis on Higher Education Leadership at Morgan State University.  She is a member of the Graduate Student Association, Membership Coordinator for the Baltimore Chapter of MACPA, member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and The International League of Muslim Women, Inc.

Her research interest is primarily on the study of how students perceive their professor-student relationships when seeking assistance. Her research interest also lies in examining familial influences of stress, anxiety, etc. on students learning and academic achievement and how cultural variations and perceptions can influence student perceptions. She will be a moderator for one of the doctoral research presentation panels taking place during the GRIND Conference.

Wynette Richardson

Wynette Richardson is a native of Danville, VA and graduated from Saint Paul’s College with a BA in English and Virginia State University with a MA in English/Literature. Currently, she is a doctoral student at Morgan State University studying Community College Leadership. She is employed by Pearson Online and Blended Learning. She is a passionate educator as her career has taken her from Virginia, North Carolina, Chicago and now Maryland while shaping the minds of students in community college classrooms, bringing English to life. In any spare time that she has, she enjoys family and friends, traveling, and living her best life! She is the moderator for the panel “Preparing for Academic Career in Today’s Job Market”.


Dr. Jamaine Davis

Dr. Jamaine Davis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Cancer Biology, Neuroscience and Pharmacology in the School of Medicine at Meharry Medical College. Prior to this position, he worked as the Research Coordinator/Statistician for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement (McNair Scholars) Program (between 2007 and 2013), while he was a Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institutes of Health. In the McNair Scholars Program, Dr. Davis worked one-on-one with McNair Scholars to devise customized strategies for achieving success in college, being competitive for graduate school and beyond. At Meharry Medical College, Dr. Davis established the Laboratory of Integrative Structural Biology where he uses the three-dimensional structures of proteins to understand disease phenotypes.  A major objective of his lab is to use structural biology to address, why premenopausal women of African ancestry have the highest mortality rate in breast cancer. He will be a panelist on the panels “Preparing for An Academic Career in Today’s Job Market” and “Maximizing Your Graduate School Experience”.

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Chad Williams-Bey

Chad Williams-Bey hails from Hartford, CT and is the 2017-2018 president of the Morgan State Graduate Student Association (MSGSA). This is his second term as president of the MSGSA.  An alumnus of Howard University, He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.  He furthered his education studying Counseling for Student Development in Higher Education at Central Connecticut State University. Currently, he is pursuing his doctorate in Higher Education at Morgan State University.

He has held internships in the Office of the President at Eastern Connecticut State University and at Trinity College (Hartford) Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development.  He is currently employed by the Morgan State University Office of Residence Life & Housing as a Resident Director of the Howard P. Rawlings residence hall. He was previously employed at the Capital Region Education Council (CREC), Academy of Aerospace and Engineering High School, serving as the Student Services Coordinator. 

Chad has always been an active servant leader. His areas of interests include mentorship, leadership development, HBCU’s and student programming. He enjoys spending time with his family, friends, traveling, politics and connecting with people from all walks of life. His favorite quote is “it’s supposed to hard, if it wasn’t, everyone would do it, the hard is what makes it great”. Chad is passionate about life and living it to its fullest. During the conference day, he will introduce the keynote speaker and serve as moderator for three panels, include the presentation “The Intersections of Academic Impact & Social Engagement”, “Publishing During Your Graduate School Career: Do’s and Don’ts” and “Maximizing Your Graduate School Experiences Before Graduation”.

Ayize Sabatar
Ayize Sabater

Ayize Sabater is in the advanced dissertation stages of an Urban Educational Leadership doctoral degree at Morgan State University.  He is a dynamic social entrepreneur, author and twenty year veteran educator.  He has co-founded several non-profits, including an independent school and a Montessori Public Charter school.  Mr. Sabater graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Morehouse earning a B.A. in history.  He later graduated with honors from Wesley Theological Seminary earning a Master’s of Divinity.  Mr. Sabater’s Master’s thesis was entitled “Is There A Word For The Boyz In The Hood? A Prospectus for a Black Male Prep Academy,” which examined the relationship between a church’s ministry and a proposal for an innovative educational institution.  Mr. Sabater’s work positioned him to be featured as the Keynote speaker for American University’s freshman class in 2009 and a 2010 recipient of a White House award, which was presented by First Lady Michelle Obama.  Mr. Sabater’s dissertation research is a mixed methods examination of parental involvement.  Some of his other research interests include culturally relevant pedagogy; Montessori for people of color; Black homeschooling; and other innovative educational programming, for both out-of-school and in-school times, and transformative community building work by faith based institution.  He is a panelist on the panel titled “Pedagogy of the Oppressed: A Conversation of the Past 50 Years”.

Jordan Brunson
Jordan Brunson

Jordan Brunson is currently a second year MSW student in the School of Social Work at Morgan State University. Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, Jordan attended University of Maryland, College Park, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2016. As an MSW student, Ms. Brunson has worked with professors and students through her time as a participant in the Urban Women on the Rise Leadership Program and second Vice President of the Association of Black Social Workers, Morgan State Chapter. Ms. Brunson’s research interests include black families living in urban communities and health disparities among black women. Upon graduation Ms. Brunson would like to obtain her graduate social work license and provide community level services in Baltimore City. She will be a panelist on the panel “Publishing During Your Graduate School Career: Do’s & Don’ts”.

Trevor McKie
Trevor Rome McKie

As a long time resident of Prince George’s County, Maryland, Trevor Rome McKie is truly committed to public service. In 2008, Trevor received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 2010, he received a Masters of Art Degree in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University. Currently, Trevor is a Doctoral candidate in the Higher Education Administration (Ph.D.) program at Morgan State University. He supported the student body at his current institution of higher education by serving as the President of the Graduate Student Association. In addition to serving within higher education, Trevor is a Human Resources Specialist (Employee Development) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He also served part-time as the special assistant to the Senior Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Student Affairs of the School of Education at Howard University. In 2014,The White House Initiative on HBCUs selected Trevor as one of the 2014 HBCU All- Star Students. Trevor truly believes that people are blessed to be a blessing and a community with a vision, dedication, and faith can achieve much success. He will be on the panel, “Maximizing Your Graduate School Experience”.

David Lawrence
Originally from Albany, Georgia, David Lawrence is a second-year Master of Arts student in Morgan State University’s (MSU) School of Global Journalism and Communication. He will graduate this May 2018. David received his B.A. from Albany State University in May 2015. David is the current Communications Manager of Broadcast Media for the Morgan State Graduate Student Association (MGSA) and Producer of Grad-TV, MSGSA’s monthly magazine-style program focused on Morgan’s graduate community. David is also an anchor on MSU’s campus station Bear-TV.
Outside of Morgan, David enjoys engaging in community service and exploring the Baltimore community. David is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. where he serves as a mentor in his chapter’s beautilion program for high school juniors and seniors. Following his matriculation at Morgan, David aspires to have a career in sports media while creating his own production company. He will moderate the IN FOCUS panel after the film screening.
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Dr. Kmt G. Shockley

Dr. Kmt G. Shockley is a professor in the School of Education at Howard University.  Prior to that he was associate professor of urban educational leadership in the Department of Advanced Studies, Leadership & Policy in the School of Education and Urban Studies at Morgan State University.  Prior to working at Morgan, he was associate professor at George Mason University.  He has authored numerous articles and two books on the broad topic of African American education, specifically African centered education.  Dr. Shockley’s most recent book is entitled, The Miseducation of Black Children, published by African American Images (Chicago, IL).  He has published works in journals such as The Journal of Negro Education, the Journal of Black Studies, the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, and the International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, to name a few.    In addition to his work as a professor and researcher, he served as founding board member for a charter school in Washington, DC.  Dr. Shockley holds a PhD in Organizational Leadership & Policy Studies from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Shockley’s present research includes funding to study the Maroons in Colombia, South America.  He has also received funding to study issues related to truancy and student absenteeism at the Friendship Community Public Charter School in Washington, DC.  Dr. Shockley has consulted in the Blackville, South Carolina School District, working with Social Studies teachers attempting to enhance their pedagogy by increasing their multicultural content knowledge.  He also serves as a consultant to teachers and administrators wishing to increase their skills related to working with African American students in several districts including the Washington, DC Public Schools, Lawrence Township Public School System (Indiana), and the Baltimore City Public Schools.  He routinely conducts workshops across the country focusing on issues related to African American children, urban education, and educational leadership.

In addition to his scholarly and consulting pursuits, Dr. Shockley has been a mentor to many inner city youth.  His background as a college football player, college student leader, and community activist has helped him relate to the pursuits of urban youth.  He is an official “Living Legend” for his work as a community activist in Cincinnati, OH.  At the same time, he teaches classical piano to a completely different demographic of youth and adults.  He will be a panelist on the panel “Pedagogy of the Oppressed…”

Dr. Shockley has appeared on numerous televisions outlets, including MSNBC, CNN and C-SPAN; he has appeared on various radio stations, and he has traveled to Africa, China and throughout North and South America for his humanistic and commonsensical approach to true education and personal transformation.

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Keah L. Wade

 Keah L. Wade is currently a doctoral candidate in the Urban Educational Leadership program at Morgan State University.  She is also a high school English teacher in the Baltimore City Public School System with over 17 years of experience.   Keah graduated cum laude with a B.A. degree in English with a concentration in Language and Literature and a Master’s in Teaching from Morgan State University.  Her research interests involve exploring teachers’ attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions about Hip-Hop, Hip-Hop culture, and Hip-Hop Pedagogy. She is a panelist for the “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” panel.



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Dr. Nia Imani Fields

 Dr. Nia Imani Fields is the Maryland 4-H Specialist and Senior Agent with the University of Maryland Extension. Dr. Fields has a doctorate in Urban Educational Leadership, a M.S. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy with a focus in Community and Youth Development, and a B.S. degree in Business Administration. Throughout her educational and professional career, her focus has been to work towards the positive development of children, youth, families and communities. As a Maryland 4-H Specialist, Ms. Fields is primarily responsible for the design, implementation and evaluation of curricular systems and program development. Her research interests center around positive youth development’s relationship to social capital and social justice.

Her focus areas include: ​

  • Positive Youth Development and Research (Community Engagement, Workforce Readiness& Teen Leadership, Social Capital)
  • Community Development
  • Outreach Programming (Afterschool/School Enrichment)
  • Diversity/Inclusion

She is a panelist on the “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” panel

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