2018 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting Organized by ADP, TDC, and NASPA: Speakers

Jonathan Alger

Jon_AlgerJonathan Alger is president of James Madison University (JMU) in Virginia. Under his leadership, JMU has developed a new vision to be “the national model of the engaged university:  engaged with ideas and the world,” and a strategic plan focused on engaged learning, community engagement, and civic engagement. A nationally recognized scholar on higher education policy and law, Alger presented at many conferences and campuses across the U.S. and abroad and has published extensively in legal and higher education journals and periodicals (including on issues of free expression, hate speech, and discrimination). President Alger graduated with High Honors and Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore College as a political science major, and with Honors from Harvard Law School.

Stefan Bradley

Stefan_Bradley Stefan Bradley is an associate professor and chair of African American studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. His primary research area is recent African American history. More specifically, he is fascinated with the efforts and abilities of black college students to change not only their scholastic environments but also the communities that surrounded their institutions of higher learning. Amazingly, young people, by way of protests and demands, have been able to influence college curricula as well as the policies of their schools. This interest in the protest movements of these young people has led him to study black student activism at Ivy League universities. His first book, Harlem vs. Columbia University: Black Student Power in the Late 1960s deals with black students who risked their educations (and potentially their lives) during the famous controversy that took place at Columbia University in 1968-1969. After the uprisings in Ferguson, Missouri and elsewhere occurred, his work on student/youth activism has been discussed in media outlets such as the Harvard Law Review, New York Times, NPR, C-Span2 BookTV, CNN, Al-Jazeera, MSNBC, BBC, and BET.

Clare Cady

Clare CadyClare Cady is a scholar-practitioner whose work rests in the intersection of higher education and human services. She has developed programs to address basic needs insecurities among college students including campus pantries, emergency aid funds, housing interventions, and resource centers. She co-founded and directs the College and University Food Bank Alliance, an organization focused on alleviating student hunger, and is engaged in evidence-based programming and evaluation at the HOPE Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University. Clare's work has been published in the Journal of College and Character, ACPA's About Campus, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. When she is not working, Clare can be found at least 10 miles up a trailhead in the wilderness, padding the Instagram account of her dog, Echo, or both!

Mildred García

Mildred García - 100pxAs AASCU's president, Mildred García is an advocate for public higher education at the national level, working to influence federal policy and regulations on behalf of member colleges and universities and serving as a resource to presidents and chancellors as they address state policy and emerging campus issues. Prior to joining AASCU, García served as the president of California State University, Fullerton—the largest university in the CSU and the third largest university in the state. Under her leadership, the university saw a 30 percent improvement in six-year graduation rates and a 65 percent improvement in four-year graduation rates for first-time freshmen—both university records. The institution is now number one in California and second in the nation in awarding bachelor’s degrees to Hispanics, as well as sixth in the nation in graduating students of color. A first-generation college student, García earned a Doctor of Education degree and a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Columbia University. She has won a variety of awards, including the American Council on Education’s Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award; was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics; and also sits on a variety of local and national boards. García is the first Latina to lead one of the six presidentially-based higher education associations in Washington, D.C.

Hannah Jackson

Hannah JacksonHannah Jackson is a third-year student at University of Nevada, Reno studying education, journalism, and political science (which is the closest thing that she could get to earning a degree in civics). She is grateful to have had incredible opportunities to be involved in civic and democratic engagement during my time at the University. Hannah is the state representative for Nevada’s We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program and has had the opportunity to work on a local ballot question campaign to fund infrastructure in local public schools, and currently serves in her student government as Speaker of the Senate.

Mike Marriner

Mike MarrinerMike Marriner is a Co-founder of Roadtrip Nation, and leads Roadtrip Nation’s program management and strategic partnership efforts with organizations including KQED, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the College Board, The California Department of Education, AVID, and other national and state-wide organizations that help bring the Roadtrip Nation Experience to millions of people. He is a co-author of all three Roadtrip Nation books, has been featured on national outlets such as NBC’s Today Show and Esquire’s “Best & Brightest” list, is an Ashoka Fellow, and a frequent public speaker. Mike graduated from Pepperdine University in 2000 with a degree in biology, and the Harvard Business School - Social Enterprise program in 2012.

Joel Pérez

Joel PerezJoel Pérez, a native of Southern California, is the vice president and dean of students at Whittier College (Calif.), a private, historically Quaker, liberal arts, Hispanic/Minority Serving institution in Southern California. From the start of his career, Pérez has led efforts on all the campuses he has served to create a more inclusive community. This has entailed mentoring students as well as developing programs designed to assist all students in being successful in their academic pursuits. Pérez is the national co-chair of NASPA's Latinzx/a/o knowledge community ans serves on teh board of directors for Degrees of Change. He is the author of a recent book chapter on "Pursuing the Dream: Policy, Practice, and Broken Promises for Undocumented Students" in Latinx/a/os in Higher Education: Exploring Identity, Pathways, and Success (2018). Pérez holds a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University, a master’s in education from Azusa Pacific University and a bachelor’s degree from Biola University.

Sian Proctor

Sian ProctorSian Proctor is a member of South Mountain Community College’s geology, sustainability, and planetary science faculty in Phoenix, Arizona. She has a B.S. in environmental science, M.S. in geology, and a Ph.D. in science education. Both her masters and doctoral research involved the use of technology to understand how individuals learn. She is continually developing new ways to engage her students and to present scientific information in interesting ways. She has a strong curriculum development background, has traveled and taught around the world, was a finalist for the 2009 NASA Astronaut Program, and was on the Discovery Channel reality TV show called The Colony. She recently participated in a 120 day Mars analogue mission called HI-SEAS (hi-seas.org) as the education outreach officer.

Nancy Thomas

Nancy_Thomas Nancy Thomas is the director of the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts Univrsity in Medford, Massachusetts. She directs research on higher education’s role in American democracy, including the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE). Prior to joining Tisch College in 2012, Nancy directed the Democracy Imperative, a national network of academics and practitioners working to advance deliberative democracy in higher education. Earlier in her career, she practiced university law. She currently serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Public Deliberation and senior associate with Everyday Democracy. Her professional interests connect political learning and democratic engagement; equity, diversity, and inclusion; academic freedom and free speech, and; legal issues in higher education. She holds a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a JD from Case Western Reserve University.



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