Dr. Lisa M. Coleman is the Senior Vice President for Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation and inaugural Chief Diversity Officer at New York University. Dr. Coleman came to NYU in May 2017 from Harvard, where she served as the inaugural Chief Diversity Officer and Special Assistant to the President since 2010. During her time at Harvard, she led several initiatives to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion across schools and departments, including expanding the offerings and reach of the Disability Services office. Before joining Harvard, Dr. Coleman worked in a similar capacity at Tufts University from 2007 to 2010, where she was responsible for developing a strategic approach for inclusive excellence, as well as working closely with senior administrators to support platforms promoting diversity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives. Prior to becoming Tufts' first senior diversity officer, she directed the Africana Center there and taught in American Studies, English, and Women's Studies. She earned her Ph.D. from NYU, three master's degrees from the Ohio State University, and her B.A. from Denison University in Granville, Ohio.
Dr. Mike Edmonds is the Dean of Students and Vice President of Student Life at Colorado College, where he has served the College and surrounding community for nearly 30 years. He is passionate about young people, working closely with many student groups to help inspire and develop the next generation. Among his many honors and awards, Dr. Edmonds received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Forensic League and the Citizen of the Year Award from Omega Psi Phi. For his work in speech and forensics, he has been recognized with the National Speech and Debate Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted into the Gold Key Society at Emory University, where he is an Emory Barkley Forum Key Coach. Dr. Edmonds holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master's, and Ph.D. from University of Mississippi and was inducted as a Hall of Fame graduate in 1984. He has completed a post-graduate institute at Harvard University and is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership.
Dr. Darryl B. Holloman serves as Vice President for Student Affairs at Spelman College. Previously, he served as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Georgia State University and as Assistant Vice President for Student Life and an Assistant Professor at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. Dr. Holloman has worked in higher education for 23 years and has an expansive portfolio which includes experiences in academic and student affairs. He has presented over 80 research papers at conferences of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division F and J, the Association of College Unions International (ACUI), the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), College Student Educators International (ACPA) and the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU). Dr. Holloman’s research agenda examines ways that cultural identity and cultural distinction influence persistence in college settings. With several articles and book chapters to his credit, his most recent co-edited publication is entitled Boyhood to Manhood: Deconstructing Black Masculinity through a Life Span Continuum with Peter Lang Press. He is currently working on a biography of the educator and social activist C. Eric Lincoln through Mercer University Press.
Dr. Ed Lee is the Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of Student Advocacy and Agency, which houses Emory University’s nationally acclaimed debate team, its outstanding civic and community service programs, cutting-edge programs focused on student belonging and social justice and its historic student leadership and orientation activities. Formerly Director of Debate in Emory’s Barkley Forum for Dialogue, Debate, and Deliberation, he was the 2015 National Coach of the Year and three-time recipient of the James Unger Award given to the coach of the best debate team in the country. In 2012, Dr. Lee served on the committee that rewrote Emory University’s Respect for Open Expression Policy to affirm Emory’s unwavering commitment to open expression. Dr. Lee is a regular national media commentator for U.S. Presidential Debates and is routinely on CNN discussing presidential debate strategies and their impact on national politics. A highly sought-after workshop facilitator, his work focuses on the interplay between communication, culture and diversity and how those can be harnessed to improve the workplace and other communities.
Dr. Michael D. Shutt is the Senior Director for Community at Emory University. He oversees the university’s Open Expression Observers program and Bias Incident Response Team, while also providing leadership for Emory Campus Life’s strategic plan and departmental assessment efforts. In addition, he is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Counseling and Human Development in the College of Education at the University of Georgia. With over 18 years of higher education experience, Dr. Shutt worked on both private and public campuses in roles involving health and wellness as well as diversity and inclusion. Formerly, Dr. Shutt directed LGBT Centers at both the University of Georgia and Emory University and served as the Senior Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Emory. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Administration from Michigan State University and Ph.D. in Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia.
Dr. Dona Yarbrough is the Senior Director and Senior Associate Dean for Learning and Innovation, the Ombudsperson for Students, and the director of the Emory Higher Education Institute at Emory University. She currently leads two university-wide diversity and inclusion bodies, the Commission on Racial and Social Justice and the Advisory Council on Community and Diversity. Her previous positions at Emory include Associate Vice Provost for Community and Diversity, Special Assistant to the Provost, and Director of the Center for Women. Prior to Emory, she directed the LGBT Center, led the Social Justice Leadership Initiative, and taught in the Women’s Studies Program at Tufts University. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia, where her work focused on race, gender, and sexuality studies. She was the primary investigator for a multi-year Arcus Foundation Grant exploring how the civil rights movement intersects with current Black LGBT movements, and she is a recipient of the Modern Language Association’s Crompton-Noll Award for Best Essay in LGBTQ Studies.
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