Illinois Wesleyan

Webinar: How We Got Here: Racism + Higher Education

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 12:00 PM until 1:00 PMCentral Daylight Time


Presenter: Dr. Derrick Tillman-Kelly ’09

Racism is endemic in American society. It is also present in the American higher education system generally and found within individual institutions specifically. In this Titan Talks webinar, Dr. Derrick Tillman-Kelly will talk about higher education, racism, and where we can go from here. Whether it is apparent or not, all of our experiences in higher education have been shaped by racism, but we don’t have to stop there. Join us for this discussion on race, racism, and American higher education.

Dr. Derrick L. Tillman-Kelly serves as the Director of the UIA Fellows Program and Network Engagement for the University Innovation Alliance. In this role, he works with the UIA leadership team to advance the UIA’s mission by partnering with member institutions to (a) identify and develop emerging higher education leaders ready to support institutional transformation with the goal of eliminating race/ethnicity, first-generation status, and socioeconomic status as predictors of student success and completion and (b) reimagine institutional structures, policies, and processes in support of student success.

Derrick also serves as a co-principal investigator of the National Science Foundation-funded Louis Stokes Midwest Regional Center of Excellence for Broadening Participation in STEM (LSMRCE), as a trustee of New Salem Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio, and as Vice President for Engagement – Affinity Groups for the Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Prior to being named to his current role with the UIA, he served in multiple roles at The Ohio State University, including as the inaugural UIA Fellow and special assistant to the director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise. He also has experience in a variety of functional areas including financial aid, fraternity and sorority life, and first-year programs, to name a few.
He earned his PhD in educational policy and leadership with a specialization in higher education and student affairs and a graduate interdisciplinary specialization in sexuality studies from Ohio State. He also earned a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University.


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