JUNE 2: Networking in Higher Education Conference, "Building Bridges for a Better Tomorrow"


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Eighth Biennial Conference

Conference Theme: "Leaders of Tomorrow: Inspiring Hope, Optimism and Resilience"

Friday, June 2, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
Millennium Hotel-Buffalo (directions)
2040 Walden Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14225

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Ladson-Billings_Gloria2016Keynote Speaker

Gloria Ladson-Billings Gloria Ladson-Billings is the Kellner Family Distinguished Professor in Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and is Faculty Affiliate in the Departments of Educational Policy Studies, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis and Afro American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the President-Elect of the National Academy of Education. She was the 2005--2006 president of the American Educational Research Association. Ladson-Billings’ research examines the pedagogical practices of teachers who are successful with African American students. She also investigates Critical Race Theory applications to education.

Ladson-Billings is the author of the critically acclaimed books, The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children, Crossing over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms, and Beyond the Big House: African American Educators on Teacher Education. She is editor of 6 other books and author of more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. She is the former editor of the American Educational Research Journal and a member of several editorial boards. Her work has won numerous scholarly awards, including the H. I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship, Spencer Post-doctoral Fellowship, and the Palmer O. Johnson outstanding research award. During the 2003--2004 academic year she was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, California. In fall 2004 she received the George and Louise Spindler Award from the Council on Anthropology and Education for significant and ongoing contributions to the field of educational anthropology. She holds honorary degrees from Umeå University (Umeå Sweden), University of Massachusetts-Lowell, and the University of Alicante (Alicante, Spain).


Friday, June 2, 2017
8:00 a.m to 8:45 a.m.

Check-In / Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.


Dr. Bonita R. Durand, Chief of Staff Buffalo State College

9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Plenary — Leaders of Tomorrow: Inspiring Hope, Optimism, and Resilience


  • Dr. Noemi Waight, Associate Professor, Learning and Instruction University at Buffalo
  • Dr. Kriner Cash, Superintendent Buffalo Public Schools
  • Byron Brown III, Mayor Buffalo
  • Rev. Mark E. Blue, President, NAACP Buffalo Chapter


  • Dr. Karen Clinton Jones, Chief Diversity Officer Buffalo State College
10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Session I Concurrent Workshops

Critical Race Theory and Education: Insights and Applications
Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Understanding Higher Education through Organization Theory
Dr. Henry J. Durand, University at Buffalo

Making Colleges More Inclusive: A Student-Led ‘Dialogue-to-Action’ Plan Inspired by All American Boys
Dr. Arlette Miller Smith, St. John Fisher College
Dr. Jenna Rossi, St. John Fisher College

The Link Between Leadership, Teacher Effectiveness and Increased Student Resiliency
Dr. Kathy Evans-Brown, Buffalo Urban League
Dr. Theresa Harris-Tigg, Buffalo State College

11:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Break
11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Lunch / Keynote Presentation

Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, Professor of Urban Education University of Wisconsin-Madison

1:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Break
1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Session II Concurrent Workshops

“DIFCON” DIY: Facilitating Meaningful Dialogue Through “Difficult Conversations” at your Institution
Dr. Teresa A. Miller, University at Buffalo

Don’t Teach. Step Back and Facilitate: A Toolbox of Reading and Writing Strategies that Really Work
Mr. Jason Hall, Buffalo Public Schools
Ms. Shelli Payne-Patterson, Buffalo Public Schools

Different Lives, Same Values: Like-minded Academic Coaching
Mr. Michael McDowell, Villa Maria College

Closing the Gender Gap: Improving the Enrollment and Degree Attainment of Males in Higher Education
Dr. James Ramsey, Medaille College

2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Session III Concurrent Workshops

The Changing Educational Pipeline – Embracing the Challenge of this Day
Dr. Jose Aviles, University at Buffalo

Cross-Age Peer Mentoring: A Strategy to Increase School Connectedness
Dr. Christopher St. Vil, University at Buffalo

Invisible Curricula ….. Invisible Supports … Invisible Students: The African American and Latino Male Student in 2017
Dr. Fatima Morrell, Buffalo Public Schools
Dr. Tonja M. Williams, Buffalo Public Schools

Striving, Thriving, and Surviving: Current Trends in College Student Mental Health
Ms. Betsy Rodriguez, University at Buffalo

African American, Female Educational Leaders Share their Perspectives on Culturally Relevant Pedagogy
Ms. Tracie-Michele A. Lewis, D'Youville College
Ms. Brenda A. Mangum, D'Youville College
Ms. Eletha Thompson, D'Youville College

4:00 p.m. to 4:10 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Registration Fees and Deadlines

Regular Registration Fee

$115.00 per person   Professionals Registration
$55.00   per person   Students
$55.00   per person   Lunch/Keynote Only

Late Registration Fee (postmarked after 5/12/17)

$135.00 per person   Late Registration

Cancellation and Refund Policy

To cancel your registration, contact Kevin Ragland at ragland@buffalo.edu. Cancellations must be made by May 5, 2017, to receive a refund less $25.00 cancellation fee.

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Contact Information

Kendra N. Cadogan, knc4@buffalo.edu
Kevin Ragland, ragland@buffalo.edu or 716-645-1346
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