Opening Ceremony
Keynote Speaker: Shaun Harper

Wednesday, January 30
1:00 pm, SAC Ballroom A

Joyce JohnsonDr. Shaun Harper is on the faculty in the Graduate School of Education, Africana Studies, and Gender Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He also is director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, as well as co-founder of the Penn GSE Black Male Grad Prep Academy. Professor Harper maintains an active research agenda that examines race and gender in higher education, Black male college access and achievement, and college student engagement.

He has published nine books and more than 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications. Harvard University Press is publishing his newest single-authored book, Exceeding Expectations: Black Male Achievers and Insights into College Success. Dr. Harper is editor-in-chief of the Routledge book series on Race and Racism in U.S. Higher Education. Several associations have praised Dr. Harper’s scholarship, including the Association for the Study of Higher Education (2008 Early Career Award), the American Educational Research Association (2010 Early Career Award), and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (2012 Robert H. Shaffer Award for Faculty Excellence). Professor Harper earned his bachelor's degree from Albany State, a historically Black university in Georgia, and his PhD in higher education from Indiana University.