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Speakers, Facilitators, and Panelists

2017 Annual Summit

Undergraduate and Faculty Fellows Program for a Diverse Professoriate

August 15-18, 2017 in Chicago, IL

Co-sponsored by the ACM, the Big Ten Academic Alliance, and the University of Chicago


Katie Rose Brosnan, Senior Campus Outreach Coordinator, ACM

Brian A. Burt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Education, Iowa State University

Jesse Carr, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, GSEF and Mellon Decolonizing Pedagogies Program, Beloit College

Tianna Cervantez, A.M., is the Director of the Center for Intercultural Life and an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Knox College. As Director, Cervantez plans and implements programming that supports the college's mission of inclusivity. She advises five of the colleges seven cultural centers, works collaboratively with the student organizations associated with the centers, as well as advises two fraternities. Cervantez also provides various diversity workshops for student clubs, organizations and athletic teams throughout the year. She has facilitated and advised the Social Justice Dialogue courses that Knox introduced to the campus in the winter of 2014. She has been a member of the ACM's Chief Diversity Committee for nine years and is an elected member and current president of the community's local school board, CUSD #205. Cervantez received her B.A. in Anthropology from Knox College and her A.M. in Policy Analysis and Advocacy, with a concentration in Violence Prevention, from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

Emilia Chico, M. Ed., is a doctoral student in Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Speech Communications and Sociology, and a Master's Degree in Youth Development. Chico is a Chicago native who has worked with young people and youth serving organizations for over ten years. She serves as a consultant for educators and youth development professionals on topics including youth-adult partnerships, diversity and inclusion, youth engagement, and identity development. Chico has worked for the Posse Foundation since 2005 as a retreat facilitator where she has partnered with over 20 universities across the country. Chico teaches courses in intergroup dialogue, adolescent development, and positive youth development. She is dedicated to transforming schools and communities by creating inclusive spaces where young people can thrive.

Olivia Cunningham, Program Coordinator of Faculty Development and Grant Programs, ACM

Prentiss A. Dantzler II, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology, Colorado College

Miguel de Baca, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History and Department Chair, Chair of American Studies, Lake Forest College

Claudia Fernández, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Modern Languages-Spanish, Knox College

VaNatta Ford, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, Williams College

Stephanie Hicks, Ph.D., Lecturer, Program on Intergroup Relations, University of Michigan

Jennifer Jhun, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Lake Forest College

Thelma B. Jiménez-Anglada, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Spanish, Lawrence University

Stephanie Jones, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education, Grinnell College

Candace Jordan is a first-year doctoral student in the Graduate Department of Religion and a grant recipient at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. Jordan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Haverford College with a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy. As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow (MMUF), Jordan conducted research on resentment's civic uses for victims of trauma. Jordan is interested in moving this work forward, exploring how religious traditions emerging from those on the margins of society encourage and legitimate political participation.

Elise M. LaRose, M.A., currently serves as the Director of Mellon Mays Initiatives and as Academic Adviser to college students at the University of Chicago. A former Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Summer Diversity Opportunities in the Office of the Provost, she has served the University of Chicago in multiple capacities for nearly twenty years. Ms. LaRose has also worked as an adult literacy educator in Boston, and in public health outreach in the former Zaire (D. R. Congo). As a Ph.D. student, she returned to central Africa, where she carried out ethnographic research on the role of church and music in the "making miracles" under the Mobutu and Kabila regimes. In addition to her work at the University of Chicago, Ms. LaRose paints, writes, and volunteers some of her time working clinically with veterans and refugees. She has a bachelor's degree in Art History from Oberlin College, a master's degree in the History of Religions from the Divinity School at Chicago, and a master's degree in clinical social work from the School of Social Service Administration.

Lilly Lavner, Liaison for the Fellows Program to Diversify the Professoriate, ACM

Julie Lucas, Campus Outreach Coordinator, ACM

Shadee Malaklou, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Critical Identity Studies, Beloit College

Alade S. McKen, M.S. Ed., is a third-year doctoral student and a research and teaching graduate assistant in the School of Education at Iowa State University. McKen received his B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Binghamton University, and his M.S. Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Baruch College, School of Public Affairs. McKen has worked in higher education with programs that cater to marginalized students for over ten years. In addition, he has worked with cultural arts community-based organizations dedicated to supporting the creative, educational and vocational development of youth and families of African descent. McKen examines the social foundations of education and culture within society and is interested in researching race, social theory, youth studies, and community-based educational spaces, politics of education, community-school partnerships, critical pedagogy, Black youth, youth resistance and activism, urban education, critical ethnographic and qualitative methodologies.

Joseph Miller, Program Manager, Academic Programs, Big Ten Academic Alliance

Crystal Moten, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of History, Macalester College

José Ángel Navejas, M.A., is a third-year doctoral student in Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies at the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago. Navejas received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Spanish at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Navejas is the author of Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant (2014). Navejas' work focuses on the representation of social class in Mexican literature of the 20th century and on the literary production of Latin American authors in Chicago.

Celina Chatman Nelson, Ph.D., leads efforts within UChicagoGRAD to create and sustain practices throughout the University of Chicago that support the scholarly and career development of graduate students and postdocs from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and that support all graduate students and postdocs in engaging diversity in their scholarly lives. Chatman Nelson is an SROP alumna, having studied social psychology at The Ohio State University where she also completed her undergraduate studies. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in social psychology from Rutgers University. 

Jaelyn Peiso, B.A., began studying at the University of Chicago in the fall of 2015. Since beginning their graduate career, Peiso has been exploring and characterizing in-depth social perception, or individuation. In addition to exploring individuation behaviorally and neurally, Peiso is also investigating the impact of interracial interaction on own race bias. Peiso hopes to contribute to a growing body of knowledge that may one day give way to reliable prejudice and discrimination interventions. Peiso is excited to be working in the Impression Formation Social Neuroscience Lab with Drs. Jennifer Kubota and Jasmin Cloutier. Preferred Pronouns: they/them

Joy Sales, M.A., is a fifth-year doctoral student in history at Northwestern University. Her dissertation, "Crossing Borders, Creating Solidarity: Transnational Activism in Filipino America, 1935-1992," examines the historical formation of Filipino anti-imperialist, anti-racist, and pro-people politics through practices of homeland and local activism. Sales' research has been supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Fulbright Foundation, and the Alice Kaplan Institute for Humanities at Northwestern University. Sales graduated with a B.A. in History (honors) and German (honors) from Grinnell College.

Laxmi Shastry, M.A., Program Manager, Program on Intergroup Relations, University of Michigan

Marlee Stein, Off-Campus Study Program Coordinator, ACM

David Omotoso Stovall, Ph.D., Professor of Educational Policy Studies and African-American Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

Nicole Truesdell, Ph.D., Senior Director of Academic Diversity and Inclusiveness and Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Beloit College

Brian Williams, Vice President and Director, Faculty Development and Grant Programs, ACM

Rafael Zapata, Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Office of Institutional Diversity, Providence College