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Northern Region

Drive-In Conference

November 3, 2017

Governors State University

University Park, Illinois

8:30 am – 9:30 am


9:30 am – 9:45 am



9:45 am – 10:15 am

Plenary I

Discussion with the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE)
Dr. Arthur Sutton

10:30 am – 11:30 am


DeLawnia Comer-Hagans

Oh Yes...It Can Be Done: my experiences along my path to securing a tenure position

The purpose of this presentation is to share my experiences along my path to securing a tenure position. I will discuss ideas and strategies on how tenure-track faculty can be successful at writing manuscripts, making themselves more marketable, and ultimately, securing tenure.

Lynette Danley

Why Aren't All the Faculty and Staff Sitting Together in the Cafeteria-OR Anywhere Else on Campus?

Drawing from theories of identity development participants will explore achievement ideologies and organizational structures in higher education for African American professionals. This presentation will also examine stereotype threats, implicit biases and micro-aggressions inherent in policies, practices and mindsets that often impede the mobility for African American professionals in the academy.

Dr. Rochelle Robinson-Dukes

Female Presidents of Higher Education Unions in Illinois: Their Unique Experiences and Barriers

This qualitative study used Grounded Theory to investigate challenges of female union leaders. Caucasian and African-American women leading Illinois higher education unions were interviewed. Five themes emerged: all participants had extensive experience and assertive personalities, had feelings of sisterhood, patterned behaviors after their heroes, and understood the importance of unions.

MaKesha Harris

#BlackHairMatters: Factors influencing the relationship between Black women and their hair and how it manifests in higher education in the United States

The research study illustrates how the opinions of Black hairstyles has caused some Black women to feel marginalized in higher education. This presentation will give voice to the lived experiences of a group of Black women who are upper-class undergraduate and graduate students in higher education.

Jerald Henderson, Ph.D.

Unlocking Predictive Analytics to Improve Student Persistence and Completion Rates

This presentation provides an overview of how various campus stakeholders should view the data collection and analysis process as a means to understand, predict, and improve student persistence and completion rates.   Utilizing existing and sometimes overlooked data sources will also be discussed.   Audience participation and interaction is strongly encouraged.

11:45 am – 1:15 pm


1:30 pm – 2:30 pm


Phillip Thompson

African American Donors, The Untapped Resource

Michael Williams

What we feel vs. What we do: Navigating Nuances of Black Cultural Centers

This presentation summarizes the experiences of African-American students through research that attend Black Cultural Centers (BCC’s) across the nation. It examines the historical role of black cultural centers as vehicles to differentiate between self-preservation and self-segregation. The presentation urges executive administration to preserve Black Cultural Centers despite governmental administration and budget cutbacks.

Dr. Michelle Cox

Tips for Success- First Generation Students

The study explores first year college student’s experiences with academic advising and their views of the approaches used. Four themes emerged from the data analysis: (a) students’ appreciation for academic advising, (b) students’ appreciation for the provision of resources, (c) students’ appreciation for the additional resources, and (d) service satisfaction.

Alechia Abioye

#WhiteandWoke: A Qualitative Analysis of the Exploration of Racial Consciousness in White Undergraduate Students

Racial consciousness (i.e. the awareness of one’s racial status and the implications of that status in society) is one of the most important components towards becoming a culturally competent individual. Leaders and practitioners must have an understanding of how to develop racial consciousness in White students to successfully achieve diversity and inclusion goals.

Lynette L. Danley, Ph.D.

The Fall of Seneca: Re-visiting to Reconcile Relationships Among Black and White Women in Academe

This session examines historical and contemporary relationships between Black and White women through the lens of the Seneca Fall Convention. Through interactive art work, excerpts from speeches, periodicals, and empowerment lyrics, participants’ will increase their awareness and ability to restore trust to effectively address racial and gender inequities on campus.  

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm


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