National Summit for Educational Equity
Advocates for Equity
April 26-29, 2021
Pre-Conference April 20-22, 2021

Opening Keynote:
Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation in Education

Dr. Gail C. Christopher, D.N.

is an award winning social change agent with expertise in the social determinants of health and well-being and in related public policies. She is known for her pioneering work to infuse holistic health and diversity concepts into public sector programs and policy discourse. Dr. Christopher recently retired from her role as Senior Advisor and Vice President at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where she was the driving force behind the America Healing initiative and the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation effort. Dr. Christopher also served as Kellogg’s Vice President for Program Strategy and worked on place-based programming in New Orleans and New Mexico. In 2015 she received the Terrance Keenan Award from Grantmakers in Health. She chairs the Board of the Trust for America’s Health. In 2019, she became a Senior Scholar with George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being. Dr. Gail Christopher also became the Executive Director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity in November 2019.

Closing Keynote:
Advancing Equity in a Climate of Resistance and Opportunity:
Aligning Culture and Strategy

Dr. J. Luke Wood

has authored over 160 publications, including more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and 15 books. His research focuses on factors affecting the success of boys and men of color in education, with a specific focus on early childhood education and community colleges. His research examines contributors –  social, psychological, academic, environmental, institutional – to positive outcomes.  He is Vice President of Student Affairs & Campus Diversity and Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Education at San Diego State University. And, he is the Co-Director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL), a national research and practice center that partners with community colleges to support their capacity in advancing outcomes for underserved students of color.

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