Keynote Speakers

This year’s keynotes speakers will include Terrell Strayhorn and Tim Wise.

Terrell Strayhorn

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Terrell Strayhorn is a nationally recognized motivational lecturer, author and provocateur. He has penned 8 books and more than 100 journal articles and reports including the book College Students’ Sense of Belonging. Strayhorn was named one of the most highly visible scholars in his field by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.

For his research, he was named one of the top 12 diversity scholars in the country by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. A highly-prolific scholar, Strayhorn earned tenure in just three years and has secured more than $2.5 million in external grants. He directs a major research center at The Ohio State University.

Strayhorn’s book College Students’ Sense of Belonging will be featured at the event.

Tim Wise        


Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. Named one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World,” by Utne Reader, Wise has spoken in all 50 states, on over 800 college and high school campuses, and to community groups across the nation.

He has also lectured internationally in Canada and Bermuda on issues of comparative racism, race and education, racism and religion, and racism in the labor market.

Wise is the author of six books, including his latest, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Jeopardizing the Future of America (City Lights Books). Other books include Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority (City Lights Books); his highly acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son (recently updated and re-released by Soft Skull Press); Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White; Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-Racist Reflections From an Angry White MaleBetween Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama; and Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity.

Wise has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs, is a regular contributor to discussions about race on CNN, and has been featured on ABC’s 20/20. He graduated from Tulane University in 1990 and received anti-racism training from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, in New Orleans.

Featured books

Strayhorn’s book College Students’ Sense of Belonging will be featured at the event; as well as Wise’s book, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son.

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