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Pre-Conference Think Tank

  • Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia 10 Avenue Of The Arts Philadelphia, PA, 19102 (map)



“Elevate the discussion of diversity & inclusion in higher education”

Developed by Temple University’s School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management, the Academic Think Tank is specifically designed for deans, directors, faculty and Diversity & Inclusion practitioners to discuss ideas and best practices for incorporating diversity and inclusion on university campuses.

Our goal is to elevate the conversation around diversity and inclusion in higher education by discussing best practices for incorporating diversity and inclusion content into academic programs, program strategies to enhance the experience for a diverse population of students, and how diversity and inclusion impacts faculty recruitment and retention.

Greetings by: Debra Blair, Associate Professor, The School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management

Thought Leaders:

  • Elizabeth Barber, PhD, CHEAssociate Professor & Executive Director of Business Development and Partnerships, School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management

  • Kryss Shane, MS, MSW, LSW, LMSW, Professional Speaker, Educator, Consultant, Writer, and Dual Licensed Social Worker,

  • Kevin Pearson, Manager of Training & Development, US Olympic Committee

  • Tiffenia Archie, PhDAssistant Vice President of Institutional Diversity, Temple University

  • Nakia Troutman, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of The Institute of Diversity & Inclusion, LLC

Dialogue Team

During the Academic Think Tank, faculty and educators will:

Discuss Best Practices on how to incorporate diversity and inclusion content into academic programs that leverage the collaborative potential of academia and industry.

  • The intent of this Discussion Group is to bring academicians and industry together to develop a Diversity & Inclusion content “blueprint” that meets the needs of industry and education in the preparation of future industry professionals.  Strategies will include everything from internships and externships to metrics and partnerships. 
    Outcome: Diversity & Inclusion Collaborative (Industry & Academic Work Teams)

Discover how to design educational programs through implementing diversity and inclusion content and case studies throughout curricula.

  • The intent of this Discussion Group is to drill down to discuss specific diversity and inclusion content through the use of industry-relevant case studies.

Learn ways to enhance program strategies that focus on providing comprehensive quality student experiences for students of color.

  • The intent of this Discussion Group will focus on the “student experience”.  Faculty and administrators will discuss the challenges and best approaches to recruiting and supporting students of color.

Discuss how diversity and inclusion programs can impact faculty recruitment and retention.

  • The intent of this Discussion Group is to discuss current initiatives and brainstorm around new diversity and inclusion initiatives to cultivate, recruit and retain a strong pipeline of diverse faculty. 

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Earlier Event: March 25
Pre-Conference Roundtables
Later Event: March 25
Opening Reception