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2017 Annual Conference Guest Speakers

Betina Love, PhD

Opening Session & Keynote 
Saturday, October 28, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

                                                                                                       

Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on the ways in which urban youth negotiate Hip Hop music and culture to form social, cultural, and political identities to create new and sustaining ways of thinking about urban education and intersectional social justice. Her research also focuses on how teachers and schools working with parents and communities can build communal, civically engaged, anti-racist, anti-homophobic, and anti-sexist educational, equitable classrooms. For her work in the field, in 2016, Dr. Love was named the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. She is also the creator of the Hip Hop civics curriculum GET FREE. In April of 2017, Dr. Love will participate in a one-on-one public lecture with bell hooks focused on the liberatory education practices of Black and Brown children.

Dr. Love is one of the field’s most esteemed educational researchers in the area of Hip Hop education for elementary aged students. She is the founder of Real Talk: Hip Hop Education for Social Justice, an after school initiative aimed at teaching elementary students the history and elements of Hip Hop for social justice through project-based learning.

Dr. Love is a sought-after public speaker on a range of topics including: Hip Hop education, Black girlhood, queer youth, Hip Hop feminism, art-based education to foster youth civic engagement, and issues of diversity. In 2014, she was invited to the White House Research Conference on Girls to discuss her work focused on the lives of Black girls. In addition, she is the inaugural recipient of the Michael F. Adams award (2014) from the University of Georgia. She has also provided commentary for various news outlets including NPR, The Guardian, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Dr. Love is one of the founding board members of The Kindezi School, an innovative school focused on small classrooms and art-based education. Finally, she is the author of the book Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South. Her work has appeared in numerous books and journals, including the English Journal, Urban Education, The Urban Review, and Journal of LGBT Youth. In 2017, Dr. Love edited a special issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies focused on the identities, gender performances, and pedagogical practices of Black and Brown lesbian educators. She is currently working on her second book, We Want to Do More Than Survive: A Pedagogy of Mattering.


Payton Head

Featured Speaker 
Sunday, October 29, 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Payton is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri where he represented 28,000 students as President of the student government. In the aftermath of Ferguson, he spearheaded conversations about improving race relations in Missouri. Head’s viral Facebook post detailing his experience with racism at Mizzou ignited students to fight for a more inclusive campus and shook up the world of higher education. This led to the #ConcernedStudent1950 movement, where campus protests resulted in the resignation of the chancellor and UM-System president in fall 2015. Head was featured in Teen Vogue’s "How Three Students Changed the Course of History at Their Schools."

Head was awarded an NAACP Image Award on the mantra “Courage Will Not Skip this Generation,” and he was featured in Spike Lee’s ESPN documentary “2 Fists UP.” He is a contributing writer for the Huffington Post and joined former Secretary Arne Duncan with the U.S. Department of Education to discuss strategies for addressing campus race relations. With the National Campus Leadership Council and the Department of Ed, he co-authored a guide for student leaders for addressing inclusion, and has presented to students nationwide on the importance of creating a culture of acceptance.

A member of the LGBTQ community, Head facilitates dialogue on the intersection of race and sexual identities. He has presented at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, addressed the White House Initiative on HBCUs, and helped to organize and present at the first White House Convening for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Ed. He has been featured in national media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, ABC, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Using his platform to advocate for inclusion, Head empowers students and campus administrators to fight hatred with radical love for others and for themselves.


Matthew Nash
Featured Speaker 
Monday, October 30, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.



 

Matthew T.A. Nash designs and manages university-wide social innovation and entrepreneurship programming for the Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative.  Matt is also a visiting lecturer at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in social innovation.  He also directs the DukeEngage summer program in Detroit, leads Duke’s participation in the Ashoka U Changemaker Campus Consortium and the Clinton Global Initiative University programs, and leads the Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership program for Duke Continuing Studies. Previously, Matt served as executive director of the renowned Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and as founding center director of the award-winning Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD), a development lab for scaling innovations in global health funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

 

Prior to coming to Duke, Matt was a senior consultant in strategy and change management with the public sector practice at IBM Business Consulting Services (formerly PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting). Previously, Matt led the Leadership Institute at Yale’s Center for Public Service and volunteered with the U.S. Peace Corps in Romania. Matt is a graduate of the Yale School of Management (MBA) and Yale College (BA), where he received the graduation prize for public service. A recipient of Vice President Al Gore’s Hammer Award for reinventing government, Matt was honored with the inaugural Member Achievement Award by Net Impact. For his work in founding and leading the Global Consulting Practicum in Social Entrepreneurship course at Duke, he received an inaugural award for Innovation in Social Entrepreneurship Education from Ashoka, the global network of leading social entrepreneurs.


 

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