2014 D.I.S.H Agenda


Constructing New Horizons in Higher Education

March 23 - 25, 2014

Tennessee State University (TSU)

Avon Williams Campus – Downtown Nashville

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Conference Venue

Tennessee State University (TSU)

Avon Williams Campus - Downtown



Sunday, March 23rd

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

 Registration – Holiday Inn Express – Downtown Nashville

3:00 pm

 Music City Tour and TSU Main Campus Tour

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Music City Welcome Reception featuring an HBCU Presidents’ Meet n Greet

7:30 pm

 Music City Night Life Options


Monday, March 24th

7:00 am

 Breakfast – Holiday Inn Express



8:00 am

 Shuttle to Avon Williams Campus (AWC)



8:30 am – 8:45 am

 Welcome and Opening Remarks

 AWC Auditorium (AWC 360)



8:45 am – 10:15 am

HBCU Presidents Panel

Dr. Kevin D. Rome Lincoln University
Dr. William B. Bynum Mississippi Valley State University
Dr. Carlton E. Brown Clark Atlanta University
Dr. Glenda B. Glover Tennessee State University

Facilitator, Dr. Ben Reese, President, NADOHE




10:15 am - 10:30 am




10:25 am – 11:15 am

 Breakout Session #1

  • “The New HBCU: Does Diversity and Inclusion Impact the Relevancy of HBCUs?” – Patrice C. Elder and K. Dawn Rutledge, Tennessee State University   (AWC 353)
  • “Beyond the Choir: Developing a Culture of Inclusion and Excellence” – Chris Smith, The New Black Outreach Consultant, and Kisha Webster, Welcoming Schools(AWC 354)



11:15 am – 12:00 pm

 Lunch – AWC Atrium  


 12:00 pm - 12:50

 Film Screening of an award-winning documentary  “The New Black”             

Tells the story of how the African American community is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights.      (AWC 360) 

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

 Plenary Session – “Repositioning HBCUs for the Future”

 Dr. John Michael Lee, Jr.  

 Association of Public and Land Grant Universities
 (AWC 360)


2:15 pm – 2:30 pm


2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

 Breakout Session #2

  • “Student Leadership Apprentices: Whose Mentor Are You?” – LaRachelle Smith, Prairie View A & M University
    (AWC 353)
  • “Renovating the Academy: Challenges Associated with a Diverse Faculty” - Dr. Kimberly L. King-Jupiter and Dr. Kiesa Kelly, Tennessee State University
    (AWC 354)
  • “Exploring the Chemical Dynamics of an HBCU to the Global Marketplace: A Possible and Plausible STEM Transition” –Dr. Marquita M. Qualls, Entropia Consulting (AWC TR1)

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm

 Shuttle to Holiday Inn Express – Downtown Nashville

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 Reception & Banquet - Holiday Inn Express – Downtown Nashville

 Dr. Ernest “Rip” Patton, Jr., Freedom Rider, Nashville, TN



8:30 pm

 Music City Night Life Options


Tuesday, March 25th

7:00 am

 Breakfast – Holiday Inn Express

8:00 am

 Shuttle to Avon Williams Campus (AWC)

8:30 am - 9:45 am

 Closing Plenary

 HBCU Students Perspective on Diversity & Diversity Professionals Response (AWC 360)



9:45 am – 10:45 am

 Breakout Session #3

  • “Dollars for Diversity: Examining the Cost of HBCU-TWI Partnerships” – Carl Darnell, Indiana University (AWC 353)
  • “Social Justice Service Learning Approaches” –Dr. Barb Kilbourne, Tennessee State University and Dr. Cliff Cockerham, Environmental Justice Program
    (AWC 354)


10:45 am – 11:00 am


11:00 am – 12:00 am

 Breakout Session #4

  • “Enhancing African American Representation in Health Care Programs” – Dr. David Lehman, Christine Watt, Darius Brooks, Dr. Iris Johnson, Tennessee State University(AWC 353)
  • “What’s the Purpose of an HBCU?: A Student’s Perspective on Diversity” – Dr. Michael Wright and Ariell Tillman, Tennessee State University (AWC 354)

12:00 noon

 Conference ends and Lunch to Go







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