Keynote Speaker - Dr. Sylvia C. Spears is Vice President for Equity and Social Justice at Emerson College
Dr. Sylvia C. Spears is Vice President for Equity and Social Justice at Emerson College, where she works to advance anti-oppression and social justice efforts. She leads the Social Justice Center at Emerson. The Center's work focuses on three practice areas - advocacy and radical care, access and equity, and efforts to lift up community-based knowledge. She also teaches a course on Peace and Social Justice in the Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies at Emerson.
Dr. Spears has been in higher education for over 25 years in a variety of roles, including both faculty and administrative. She has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Rhode Island/Rhode Island College Joint Doctoral Program, as well as a Master of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Student Affairs, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications. She is deeply committed to advancing social justice through reflective praxis, advocacy that centers individuals from racialized and marginalized communities, and community work that is grounded liberatory practices.
9:00a.m.-9:30a.m. Check-in & Light Breakfast
9:30a.m.-10:00a.m. Welcome from Committee and Host Institution
10:00a.m.-10:45a.m. Keynote Speaker
11:00a.m.-12:00p.m. Concurrent Sessions
1:00pm-2:00pm Concurrent Sessions
2:15p.m.-3:15p.m. Concurrent Sessions
3:15p.m. Closing Announcements
3:30p.m. Conference Social (Optional)