Tentative Agenda

Thursday, November 13, 2014

8:00-8:55 am – Foyer, Foster Ballroom - Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:15 am – Ballroom Salon “M and S” - Welcome

Mr. Gregory Hunley, Chair, President’s Commission on the Status of Minorities
Dr. Jerome Gilbert,
Provost, Mississippi State University

9:15-10:00 am - Our Differences are our Strengths: Diversity 101

Pastor Jarvis Williams, Tabernacle Baptist Church

10:00-10:15 am – Old Main Lounge - Break & Refreshments

10:15-11:00 am - Make Room for the Elephant: Embracing Diversity in our Communities

Mr. Rick Daniels, CEO

11:00 am-12:15 pm - Ballroom Salon “U” - White Privilege/Luncheon

Mr. Tim Wise, Keynote Speaker

12:30 pm-1:15pm - Concurrent Session I

The Next Greatest Generation: Veterans
Location: Fowlkes Auditorium
Dr. Melinda Pilkinton, Director of Social Work Program (Moderator), Mississippi State University
Ms. Tracy Mullins
, Student Veteran, Air Force
Mr. Eddie Scales,
Outreach Coordinator, Mississippi State University
Darris Ewing,
Student Veteran, U.S. Army

I Don’t Believe in Diversity!
Ballroom Salon “U”
Dr. Ravi Perry, Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University

Best Practices for Retaining Students from Diverse Backgrounds
Location: Ballroom Salons “M and S”
Dr. Danielle Molina, Mississippi State University (Moderator)
Dr. Eddie Holloway, University of Southern Mississippi  
Dr. Jason Garvey, University of Alabama

1:30 pm-2:15pm - Concurrent Session II

Strengthening Collaboration between Two Year and Four Year Institutions
Location: Fowlkes Auditorium
Dr. Edward Rice II, Vice-President of Student Services, Mississippi Delta Community College

I Don’t Understand You: Communication amongst faculty, staff and students
Location: Ballroom Salons “M and S”
Dr. Melissa Moore, Professor, Mississippi State University
Ms. Shauncey Hill, Business Manager, Mississippi State University
Mr. Brett Harris, Student Association President, Mississippi State University

Meeting the Needs of the LGBTQ Community
Location: Ballroom Salon “U”
Shawnboda D. Mead, Director, University of Mississippi
Ms. Timothy Kay,
University of Mississippi

2:30 pm-3:15pm - Concurrent Session III

Religion in Public Institutions
Location: Ballroom Salon “U”
Pastor Jarvis Williams, Tabernacle Baptist Church

Your Dreams are Real!
Location: Ballroom Salons “M and S”
Mr. Rick Daniels, CEO
The Axis Group, LLC

Accommodating Students with Disabilities: An Institutional Responsibility
Location: Ballroom Salon “U”
Dr. Dan Gadke, Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University

3:30-4:15 pm - Ballroom Salons “M and S” -Roundtable Discussion: Making the Interactive Conversation Truly Interactive

Dr. Angi Bourgeois, Interim Department Head, Mississippi State University
Mr. Cedric Gathings, Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Holmes Cultural Diversity Center, Mississippi State University

5:30 pm–Foster Ballroom- Evening Mixer

Friday, November 14, 2014

9:30 am-11:00 am - Panel Discussion with Legends

11:00 am-1:00 pm - Pioneer’s Achievement Luncheon

1:00-1:30 pm - Closing Remarks/Evaluations