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Keynote Speakers

Mirta M. Martin, Ph.D.

Mirta MartinThe Kansas Board of Regents appointed Dr. Mirta M. Martin the ninth president of Fort Hays State University on May 2, 2014, effective July 1. Dr. Martin holds a Baccalaureate Degree in Psychology and Political Science from Duke University; a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Richmond; and a Doctorate with an emphasis in Strategic Management and Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is fluent in three foreign languages.

Dr. Martin's career involves work in both the public and private sectors, including special expertise in organizational behavior, management, institutional advancement and workforce development. As a senior banking executive, Dr. Martin was recognized as a highly effective and innovative practitioner, positioning companies for growth and profitability via leadership in strategic planning, investment management, operations, business development and legislative advocacy.

Dr. Martin's higher education experience is equally diverse and successful. She has served as Tenured Professor and Interim Dean at Averett University, Danville, Va.; Associate Dean and Executive Director at the University of Richmond's Robins School of Business; Executive Vice President and Executive Director of the John Tyler Community College Foundation; and Special Assistant to the chancellor of the Virginia Community College System. Most recently, she served as Dean and Professor of Management at the Reginald F. Lewis College of Business at Virginia State University.

Brenda J. Allen, Ph.D.

Brenda J. Allen is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion and a Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver, where she also serves as Master Mentor of the Tenure Track Faculty Mentoring Program.

Professor Allen’s scholarship focuses on organizational communication, social identity (e.g., gender, race, sexuality, class, age, ability, and social class), and diversity in higher education. Among her numerous publications is a groundbreaking book entitled Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity, (2nd Ed., 2011, Waveland Press). Professor Allen presents speeches, conducts workshops, and provides consultation services on numerous topics related to diversity and inclusion in higher education, including: fostering an inclusive campus climate; recruiting and retaining diverse faculty; transforming curricula; unconscious bias; inclusive pedagogy; mentoring; empowered leadership; and, creating respectful workplaces. Professor Allen has received numerous awards and accolades, including: the Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished Lectureship (National Communication Association); Master Teacher (Western States Communication Association); Annual Ally of the Year Award (Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Alliance -- CU Boulder); Annual Award for Outstanding Achievement for Commitment to Diversity (CU Denver); and, the inaugural Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring (CU Denver).

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Dr. Myra Gordon (12pm Session)

Dance Club Performance (1)

Dance Club Performance (2)

African Student Association Performance