Bicentennial Symposium Day 1

Thursday, November 9, 2017


Susan M. Collins
David Lam

Susan M. Collins
Edward M. Gramlich Collegiate Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics, University of Michigan

David Lam
Director of the Institute for Social Research, Professor of Economics, and Research Professor in the Population Studies Center, University of Michigan

10:15 – 10:30Robert Sellers Opening Remarks by Robert Sellers, Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion and Academic Affairs, Charles D Moody College Professor of Psychology, and
Professor of Education, University of Michigan
10:30 – 12:00 Session 1: Educational Disparities in the U.S.: Are We Making Progress?

Antonio R. Flores
President and CEO, Hispanic Associations of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
PhD, Higher Education Administration, U-M (1990)
Antonio R. Flores has served as president and CEO of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) for twenty years. Flores has been a leading voice of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). Advocacy efforts have garnered almost $3 billion in federal funding for HSIs. HACU’s membership represents more than 450 colleges and universities that collectively serve two-thirds of the 3 million Hispanic students in U.S. higher education across 35 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and include 46 leading higher education institutions in Latin America and Spain. Flores has received numerous recognitions and honors for his contributions to higher education. Flores received his Master of Arts degree in counseling and personnel from Western Michigan University in 1977, after receiving undergraduate degrees in business administration and elementary education from Universidad de Guadalajara and Centro Normal Regional, Mexico. He earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
Odis Johnson Jr. Odis Johnson, Jr.
Associate Professor, Departments of Sociology and Education, Washington University in St. Louis
PhD, Education and Social Policy, U-M (2003)

Odis Johnson Jr., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Sociology and Education, Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Education, and a Faculty Scholar at the Institute of Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to his appointments at Washington University, Dr. Johnson chaired the African American Studies Department at the University of Maryland. Dr. Johnson’s research examines how neighborhoods, schools and public policies relate to social inequality, youth development and the status of African American populations. His work on these topics has earned him a National Academies Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, the first won by someone in the field of education in the history of the interdisciplinary competition, the 2013 Outstanding Review of Research Award from the American Educational Research Association, the leading professional association of education research, and the 2015 Outstanding Author Contribution Award in the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence.

Dr. Johnson’s work has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, Spencer Foundation, National Science Foundation (NSF), and the American Educational Research Association, and has appeared in high visibility journals, including the Review of Educational Research and the Annals of the Academy of Political and Social Research. He currently is the principal investigator of the Fatal Interactions with Police Study (FIPS) which has generated a national data sample of police homicides, and a 4-year NSF study addressing how formal social control in neighborhood and school contexts impacts the career trajectories of race-gender groups. Dr. Johnson makes frequent appearances in media outlets, and serves as an advisor to governmental agencies and school systems to improve the lives of young people, urban neighborhoods, and social programs.

Susanna Loeb Susanna Loeb
Barnett Family Professor of Education, Stanford University
MPP (1994), PhD, Economics, U-M (1998)

Susanna Loeb is the Barnett Family Professor of Education at Stanford University. She specializes in education policy, looking particularly at policies and practices that support teachers and school leaders. Her work spans the range of age-level, including early education, k-12 and higher education. Her recent work focuses particularly on information barriers to teaching improvement and parenting. Susanna was the founding director of the Center for Education Policy at Stanford. She is a member of the National Board for Education Sciences and of the National Academy of Education, and she is a faculty director of Policy Analysis for California Education and a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.

Laura W. Perna Laura W. Perna
James S. Riepe Professor and Executive Director of the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy, University of Pennsylvania
PhD, Higher and Postsecondary Education, U-M (1997)

Laura W. Perna is the James S. Riepe Professor and executive director of the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn). She has also served as president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, vice president of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and chair of Penn’s Faculty Senate. Her research focuses on identifying how social structures, educational practices, and public policies can promote college access and success, particularly for groups that continue to be underrepresented in higher education. Recent books include Taking it to the streets: The role of scholarship in advocacy and advocacy in scholarship (forthcoming), The Attainment Agenda: Statepolicy leadership for higher education (with Joni Finney, 2014), and The state of college access and completion: Improving college success for students from underrepresented groups (with Anthony Jones, 2013). Her research has been featured by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Atlantic, National Public Radio, and other outlets.

She has provided invited testimony to the U.S. Senate’s Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee and U.S. House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training. She is a Fellow of AERA and Penn, and recipient of ASHE’s Early Career Achievement Award, Penn’s Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching, and National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators’ Robert P. Huff Golden Quill Award. She holds a B.S. (economics) and B.A. (psychology) from the University of Pennsylvania, and M.P.P. and Ph.D. (education) from the University of Michigan.

Robert Sellers Robert Sellers (moderator)
Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion and Academic Affairs; Charles D Moody College Professor of Psychology; Professor of Education, University of Michigan
PhD, Psychology, U-M (1990)

Dr. Robert Sellers is the Vice Provost for Equity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer as well as the Charles D. Moody Collegiate Professor of Psychology and Professor of Education. He is responsible for overseeing the University’s five-year strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusion, and serves as a principal adviser to the President as a member of the University’s executive leadership team. Dr. Sellers works with the Provost on matters related to diversity at the University as well as a broad range of academic issues including the budget, faculty tenure and promotions, and student enrollment. He oversees operations of five central administrative units.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Sellers attended Howard University where he earned All-America honors in football. After graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s of science degree in psychology in 1985, he went on to earn a Ph.D. in personality psychology from the University of Michigan in 1990. Following his graduate work, Dr. Sellers served as an Assistant and an Associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. In 1997, Dr. Sellers returned to the University of Michigan to continue his research and teaching efforts. He served four years as the Associate Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan before serving as Department Chair from 2011-2014.

12:00 – 1:30 Lunch (RSVP required)
1:30 – 1:35
Martin Philbert
Remarks by Martin Philbert, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Toxicology, University of Michigan
1:35 – 3:00 Session 2: Race, Gender, and Empowerment

Rosario (Rosie) Ceballo Rosario (Rosie) Ceballo
Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan
PhD, Psychology, U-M (1996)

Rosario (Rosie) Ceballo, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) where she also serves as Chair of the Women’s Studies Department. Dr. Ceballo is a clinical and developmental psychologist whose research investigates how contextual aspects of living in poverty, such as exposure to community violence, influence children’s academic and psychological functioning. In particular, she relies on a resilience framework to examine how after-school activities, family processes, and cultural values may buffer adolescents from the negative effects of community violence with a focus on Latino youth. In another line of research, Dr. Ceballo studies the effects of infertility and racial stereotypes about women’s reproductive abilities on racial/ethnic minority women. Utilizing quantitative as well as qualitative methods, she has published across clinical, developmental, and feminist psychology journals. Dr. Ceballo has received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for her research and serves on the editorial board for American Psychologist.

Elizabeth Cole Elizabeth R. Cole (moderator)
Associate Dean for Social Sciences and Professor of Women’s Studies, Psychology, and Afroamerican & African Studies, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, University of Michigan
PhD, Psychology, U-M (1993)

Elizabeth Cole is Professor of Women’s Studies, Psychology and AfroAmerican & African Studies and Associate Dean for Social Sciences in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. She earned her doctorate at the University of Michigan in Personality Psychology and taught at Northeastern University before joining UM in 2000. Her scholarship has appeared in journals in psychology and women’s studies, including American Psychologist, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, and Psychology of Women Quarterly. She is coauthor (with Andrea Press) of Speaking of Abortion: Television and Authority in the Lives of Women (U of Chicago Press). She served as chair of the Women’s Studies Department between 2010 and 2014. She is president-elect and a fellow of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and a consulting editor for Psych of Women Quarterly. Her scholarship aims to bring feminist theory on intersectionality to social science research on race and gender identities. Her current research investigates young Black women’s experiences of gender, sexuality and the body.

Amiee Cox Aimee Meredith Cox
Associate Professor of Anthropology & African American Studies, Yale University
PhD, Anthropology, U-M (2006)

Aimee Meredith Cox is jointly appointed as an Associate Professor in the departments of African American Studies and Anthropology at Yale University. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and B.A. with honors in Anthropology from Vassar College. Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of Anthropology, Black Studies, and Performance Studies. Cox’s first monograph, Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship (Duke 2015), won a book award from the Society for the Anthropology of North America, a 2016 Victor Turner Book Prize in Ethnographic Writing and Honorable Mention from the 2016 Gloria E. Anzaldúa Book Prize, given by the National Women’s Studies Association. She is the editor of the forthcoming volume, Gender: Space (MacMillan). Cox is also a former professional dancer. She danced on scholarship with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and toured extensively with Ailey II. Her next ethnographic project, Living Past Slow Death, explores the creative strategies individuals and communities enact to reclaim Black life in the urban United States. Cox is the recipient of the 2017-18 Virginia C. Gildersleeve Professorship awarded by Barnard College.

Lorraine Gutierrez Lorraine Gutierrez
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, School of Social Work and Department of Psychology, University of Michigan
PhD, Social Work and Psychology, U-M (1989)

Professor Lorraine Gutiérrez has a joint appointment with the School of Social Work (SSW) and Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan and is a faculty associate in American Culture. She also is a member of the SSW Community Organization Learning Community. Her teaching and scholarship focuses on multicultural praxis in communities, organizations and higher education. She brings to her work community-based practice and research in multiethnic communities in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit and Seattle. Current projects include identifying strategies for multicultural community-based research and practice, multicultural education for social work practice, and identifying effective methods for learning about social justice. Her contributions to undergraduate education have been recognized by the Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship. She is currently an editor or the Journal of Community Practice.

Virginia Sapiro

Virginia Sapiro
Professor of Political Science and Dean of Arts & Sciences Emerita, Boston University
PhD, Political Science, U-M (1976)

Virginia Sapiro is Professor of Political Science and Dean of Arts & Sciences Emerita at Boston University. After receiving her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 1976 she served on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a joint appointment in Political Science and Women’s Studies for 31 years, earning the title of the Sophonisba P. Breckinridge Professor. During her final years at Wisconsin she served as Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and Interim Provost. She moved to Boston in 2007 to become Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and stepped back from that position in 2007.

Sapiro is especially known for her expertise in political psychology, gender politics, and feminist theory, and served as PI of the American National Election Studies in the late 1990s. Her current research is a history of higher education in the United States, framed as a project on American political and social development. Among her numerous awards and honors are the International Society for Political Psychology Harold Lasswell Award for distinguished contributions to the field of political psychology 2015) and the American Political Science Association Frank J. Goodnow Award for distinguished service (2015). She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2002). She spends as much time as possible in her NH garden. More information is available at

3:00 – 3:30 Break
3:30 – 3:35
Michael Barr
Remarks by Michael Barr
Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of Public Policy and Roy F. and Jean Humphrey Proffitt Professor of Law
3:35 – 5:30 Session 3: Many Paths to Having an Impact

Maxine Berman Maxine Berman
Retired, State Representative, Michigan House of Representatives
BA, English and Teacher Certificate, U-M (1968)

During her fourteen years in the MIchigan House of Representatives, Maxine Berman was a strong advocate for women’s rights, especially women’s health rights. She sponsored a bill requiring informed consent for women diagnosed with breast cancer and mandating they be offered health insurance. In addition to making Michigan the first state in the country to require the accreditation of mammography facilities, Berman also successfully lobbied the federal government to create legislation for national standards. Berman was known for her work in many other areas of the legislature. She was a member of the House Bipartisan Team which created a new system to fund Michigan’s public schools. As Chair of the House Elections Committee, Berman created an expedited system for voter registration. Berman also served six years on the powerful House Appropriations Committee. Outside of the legislature, Berman served as Chair of the Michigan Women’s Campaign Fund, a bipartisan organization which raised money to help women run for office. In 1994, Berman published a book on her experiences in the legislature:  The Only Boobs in the House are Men. In 1997, Crain’s Detroit Business named Maxine Berman one of Detroit’s One Hundred Most Influential Women. Returning to government in 2003, Berman served as Director of Special Projects for Governor Jennifer M. Granholm. In 2009, Maxine Berman was named the Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government at Central Michigan University, the first woman selected to this position. In 2015, Maxine Berman was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.

Zoe Clark Zoe Clark (moderator)
Program Director and Host of It’s Just Politics, Michigan Radio (NPR)
BA, Communications and Political Science, U-M (2007)

Zoe Clark is Michigan Radio’s Program Director. In that role, Clark oversees all news and programming on the state’s largest public radio station, including the station’s award-winning newsroom, commentary by voices like Jack Lessenberry and John U. Bacon, and daily news-magazine Stateside with Cynthia Canty and Lester Graham. Clark also co-hosts, with Michigan Public Radio Network’s Lansing Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, It’s Just Politics, a weekly look at Michigan politics airing Monday mornings on Morning Edition. Clark holds degrees in Communication Studies and Political Science from the University of Michigan. She lives in Ann Arbor, where she was born and raised.

Carmen Harlan Carmen Harlan
Retired, Anchor, WDIV-TV Local 4
BA, Speech, U-M

Carmen Harlan is an Emmy award-winning journalist and one of the most respected and admired news anchors in Metropolitan Detroit. Currently, she is an ambassador to WDIV-TV Local where she worked for 38 years before retiring from the anchor desk in 2016. As the senior anchor of the evening newscasts, she holds the prestigious title of being the longest television news anchorwoman in Michigan history. During her esteemed tenure at WDIV-TV Local 4, she has worked on some of the stations most acclaimed projects. Harlan serves as co-host of Detroit’s most time-honored annual tradition, the spectacular Freedom Festival Fireworks; the exciting America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the renowned North American International Auto Show. Harlan was one of the first local anchors to arrive on the ground in Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010; she covered the historic Michigan visit by Pope John Paul ll in 1987; the legendary Detroit arrival of South African President Nelson Mandela in 1990 and the tragic 1987 crash of Flight 255 at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. She has also interviewed countless dignitaries, world, business, and religious leaders as well as entertainers. Her career in journalism began at WWWW FM Radio in 1975 before joining WDIV-TV Local 4 in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. Soon after she was promoted to news anchor with legendary newsman Mort Crim. After Crim’s retirement, Harlan was partnered with anchorman Devin Scillian in 1995; they held the number one position in the market and were recognized as Detroit’s premier anchor team. Harlan has devoted much of her time to various charitable organizations including: Operation Able; the Humane Society; the Children’s Center; Sparky Anderson’s CATCH; the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit and Karmanos Cancer Institute.

La June Montgomery Tabron La June Montgomery Tabron
President and CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
MBA (also BS, Business Admin) U-M

La June Montgomery Tabron is the president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) in Battle Creek, Michigan, one of the largest private foundations. As a champion for vulnerable children and for creating the conditions necessary for them to thrive, Tabron leads the Kellogg Foundation and its work to ensure the optimal development of young children from birth to age 8, heal the profound racial inequities in communities and cultivate community leaders and community-led solutions that support educated kids, healthy kids and economically secure families. Prior to becoming the first African American president and CEO to lead the foundation in its 87 year history, she served in a variety of positions during her 30 year career at the Kellogg Foundation. Currently, Tabron serves on the board of the Kellogg Company and chairs the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Trust. She also serves on the Detroit Workforce Development Board, various boards of Battle Creek Community Health Partners as well as the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan Board. Tabron holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor and a master’s degree in business administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. She also received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Marygrove College in Detroit and an honorary doctorate from Union Institute & University. She is a certified public accountant and certified management accountant licensed in Michigan.

Cecilia Muñoz Cecilia Muñoz
Vice President, Policy and Technology and Director, National Network,New America
BA and MA, Latin American Studies, U-M (1984)

Cecilia Muñoz is Vice President, Policy and Technology and Director of the National Network at New America. Prior to joining New America in 2017, she served on President Obama’s senior staff, first as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for three years, followed by five years as Director of the Domestic Policy Council. Prior to her work in government, she served for 20 years at the National Council of La Raza (now UNIDOS US), the nation’s largest Hispanic policy and advocacy organization, where she was Senior Vice President for the Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation. She received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2000 for her work on immigration and civil rights, and serves on the Boards of the Open Society and Kresge Foundations, as well as the nonprofit United to Protect Democracy. Muñoz, a Detroit native and the daughter of immigrants from Bolivia, is also a wife and mother of two grown daughters. She lives with her husband in Maryland.

Hardy Vieux Hardy Vieux
Legal Director, Human Rights First
JD, Law, and MPP, U-M (1997)

As legal director, Hardy leads and directs the organization’s legal initiatives—including its pro bono legal representation, legal outreach efforts, and litigation initiatives. Hardy manages Human Rights First’s refugee representation work, which pairs lawyers at the nation’s top law firms with indigent refugees in need of counsel. Since January 2017, Hardy has also served as a Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. In that role, Hardy teaches a seminar focusing on the role of nongovernmental organizations in policy formulation. Hardy started his legal career as a law clerk in federal district court in Denver, Colorado. From there, he served as a criminal appellate defense counsel in the United States Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Later, he was in private legal practice for over ten years. Hardy has written for The New York Times and HuffPost, and appeared in numerous media outlets including CNN, NPR, and BBC Radio. Hardy is a 1997 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School—serving as editor-in-chief of the Michigan Journal of Race & Law—and Ford School of Public Policy, where he earned his law and Master of Public Policy degrees. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University in 1993.

5:30 – 8:00 Strolling Reception — Invitation only