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Allyship: Coalition Building for Sustainable Change Virtual Summit

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The Allyship: Coalition Building for Sustainable Change will feature keynote speakers, workshops, and networking opportunities. Topics to be discussed include: “What does it mean to be an Ally?”, “How to engage your community in critical conversations for open dialogue on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)?” and “Creating partnerships that create momentum around DEI opportunities,” among others.


Summit Day 1

Thursday, July 22
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction
President Sandra J. Doran, Bay Path University


9:00 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.
Critical Conversations: Building Allyship, Empathy and Inclusion Across Campus
Moderator: Peter Testori, M.S., Dean of Academic Support Services & Assistant Coordinator, Title IX, Bay Path University

Panelists:
Melissa Wert, M.S.,  '07 G'11, Public Relations Associate, Bay Path University

Shannon Compton, Ph.D., Emerging Technologies Associate, Bay Path University

Courtney Patrick-Weber, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition, Bay Path University

Crystal Senter-Brown, M.S., Director of Employer Relations, Bay Path University

Maria Furlow '10 G'12, Adjunct Faculty Hiring Manager, Bay Path University

Decorti Rodgers-Tonge, DBA, Chair, Undergraduate Accounting Department & Assistant Professor of Accounting, Bay Path University


10:00-10:55 a.m.
Allyship: What Building an Inclusive Culture Looks Like


11:00 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.
Building as We Climb: Creating Sustainable, Unapologetic Change with “Women on the Move”
Moderator:
Janine Fondon, Chair of Undergraduate Communication and Assistant Professor at Bay Path University - Founder of the “On the Move: Forum to Advance Women and Curator of Voices of Resilience” museum exhibit.

Panelists:
Lucie K. Lewis, Ed.D, Owner, Creative Futures, LLC and Voices of Resilience Exhibit, Researcher/Scholar

Lisa Rizzo, Program Manager, Human Service Forum

Natalia Munoz, News Director, Holyoke Media

Andrea Hickson-Martin, Ed.D. Graduate Program Coordinator for Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education, Associate Professor, Bay Path University


12:00 noon -12:55 p.m.
Keynote Speakers

Winter BreeAnne Winter (she/her) is a youth advocate, organizer, and student from California. She is a recent graduate of ENCORE High School for Performing Arts, was a National Student Leader for Women’s March Youth Empower (WMYE), and founded Black Is Lit, an organization devoted to creating space for marginalized youth. Winter more recently started a program, Power of Future Voters, aimed to inspire elementary students about civic engagement. Winter sees herself as a connector. She is committed to working with people, organizations and communities to ensure that people are taking charge of their immediate agency to create change.

Rochelle Riley is the Director of Arts and Culture for the City of Detroit. She spent nearly 25 years as an award-winning Detroit Free Press columnist before leaving in 2019 to serve as Director of Arts and Culture for the City of Detroit. She is the author of four books, including The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery.

Dr. Tonya Matthews is the chief executive for the International African American in Charleston, South Carolina. A native of Washington, D.C., she brings diverse experience to help share the stories of African Americans enslaved in this nation. Matthews has led history museums, as well as initiatives in education and diversity. She is a biomedical engineer with degrees from Duke and John Hopkins Universities. Matthews is also a published poet.

Dr. Marguerite Archie-Hudson is a visiting professor at The College of Charleston. Dr. Archie-Hudson served as a member of the California State Legislature representing the 48th Assembly District, Los Angeles. She was Chair of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education that provides policy direction for California’s 135 publicly supported institutions of higher education. She also served on the Committees on Judiciary, Utilities and Commerce, Finance and Insurance, Appropriations, Human Services, Labor and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee.


1:00 p.m. -1:55 p.m.
Collaborating with Students for Change

Moderators:
Elizabeth Cardona, MPA, Executive Director Multicultural Affairs & International Student Life, Bay Path University
Anne Chapdelaine '10 G'16, Dean of Students & Director of Persistence, Bay Path University

Bay Path University Panelists
Phil Cloutier G’21
Sara Sams ’23
Karelys Spohn Matos ’21
Janell Smith ’23
Victoria Thomas’20
Guinevere Vanhorne G’21


2:00 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.
How Accreditation Can Help Advance the Diversity Goals of Industry
Dr. Glenda Carter
Dr. Ding Jo Currie


3:00 p.m. - 3:55 p.m.
Toward Health Equity Using Social Justice as the Roadmap


4:00 p.m. - 4:55 p.m.
Capturing the Moment and Building a Movement


5:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Closing and Summation
Kimberly Strong, National Accrediting Commission for Diversity and Inclusion


Summit Day 2

Friday, July 23
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction
Dr. Jennifer Mathes, C.E.O., Online Learning Consortium


9:00 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.
Developing Diverse Talent and Building the Pipeline to Leadership or Toward Health Equity Using Social Justice as the Roadmap


10:00 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.
DEI Initiatives in Technology-enabled Teaching and Learning

Moderator:
Angela Gunder, CAO, Online Learning Consortium


11:00 a.m. -11:55 a.m.
Promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion through Art and Cultural Activities

Moderator:
Stacy Sweeney, Ed.D, Vice-President of Academic Administration and Chair of the DEI Community Council, Bay Path University

Panelists:
Rosemary Tracy Woods, Owner, RTWoods Executive Director, Art for the Soul Gallery
Ashley Pereira, M.S., G'19 Chair, DEI Art Subcommittee, Bay Path University
Kent Alexander, Anti-racism and Workplace Culture Consultant
Matthew Glassman, Ensemble Actor, Writer, Director, Double Edge Theatre


12:00 noon -12:55 p.m.
Keynote Speakers

Winter BreeAnne Winter (she/her) is a youth advocate, organizer, and student from California. She is a recent graduate of ENCORE High School for Performing Arts, was a National Student Leader for Women’s March Youth Empower (WMYE), and founded Black Is Lit, an organization devoted to creating space for marginalized youth. Winter more recently started a program, Power of Future Voters, aimed to inspire elementary students about civic engagement. Winter sees herself as a connector. She is committed to working with people, organizations and communities to ensure that people are taking charge of their immediate agency to create change.

Rochelle Riley is the Director of Arts and Culture for the City of Detroit. She spent nearly 25 years as an award-winning Detroit Free Press columnist before leaving in 2019 to serve as Director of Arts and Culture for the City of Detroit. She is the author of four books, including The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery.

Dr. Tonya Matthews is the chief executive for the International African American in Charleston, South Carolina. A native of Washington, D.C., she brings diverse experience to help share the stories of African Americans enslaved in this nation. Matthews has led history museums, as well as initiatives in education and diversity. She is a biomedical engineer with degrees from Duke and John Hopkins Universities. Matthews is also a published poet.

Dr. Marguerite Archie-Hudson is a visiting professor at The College of Charleston. Dr. Archie-Hudson served as a member of the California State Legislature representing the 48th Assembly District, Los Angeles. She was Chair of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education that provides policy direction for California’s 135 publicly supported institutions of higher education. She also served on the Committees on Judiciary, Utilities and Commerce, Finance and Insurance, Appropriations, Human Services, Labor and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee.


1:00 - 1:55 p.m.
DiverseCity
Jahmad Conley, Jason London and Sandy Sarge


2:00 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.
Bay Path University Collaborates with Girls Inc. of the Valley to Make Students STEM and WELL Versed!

Moderator:
Caitlin Mogilka, Elementary Program Facilitator, Girls Inc. of the Valley, Holyoke, MA

Panel member names:
Yadilette Rivera-Colón, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, Undergraduate Science Program, Research Coordinator, Bay Path University

Meghan Bone, M.Ed., Director, Eureka! Program, Girls Inc. of the Valley, Holyoke, MA

Dinah Moore, M.S., G'19 Executive Director of Women Empowered As Learners and Leaders, Title IX Coordinator, Bay Path University

Janira Portorreal, Girls Inc of the Valley Eureka! Graduate, UMASS Amherst First Year Student 

Joanne Nazario, Bay Path Alumna, Holyoke Community Charter School, 5th grade Science Teacher


3:00 p.m. -3:55 p.m.
The Pandemic's Impact on Women in the Workplace

Moderator:
Beverly L. Robinson
MBA, Vice President, Wells Fargo, Business Support Consultant, Wealth and Investment Management Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Practitioner

Panelists:
Janet Walker, Senior Vice President, Bailard, Inc.

Kimberly Robinson, Sound Physicians Implementation Manager, Co-Chair Black Professionals Network, Founding Member Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Council

Natalie King, Ph.D., NREMT-B, Medical Science Liaison, Associate Director (Novartis Neuroscience Division), Medical Lead – Diversity & Inclusion

Joseph N. Scott, Vice President, Wells Fargo Fiduciary Team Manager Fiduciary Management Services


4:00 p.m. - 4:55 p.m.
The DEI Remix to Build Sustainable Success in a World of Change
Co-Presenters:
Andrea Hickson Martin, Ed.D, Graduate Program Coordinator for Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education, Associate Professor, Bay Path University
Janine Fondon, Chair of Undergraduate Communication and Assistant Professor at Bay Path University - Founder of the “On the Move” Forum to Advance Women, and Curator of Voices of Resilience” museum exhibit


5:00-5:15 p.m.
Closing and Summation
James Anthony Boger, National Accrediting Commission for Diversity and Inclusion


About the Painting -Famed international Gullah artist, Jonathan Green, has allowed the use of his iconic painting titled, The Literary Circle. This artwork was painted in honor of Maya Angelou, a great friend of the artist. The work depicts and honors Ms. Angelou’s huge talent in poetry and literature. The main narrative of this image is to illuminate how Ms. Angelou’s body of work transcended cultures, race, gender, and all differences.