Speaker Biographies

Welcome and Keynote

Dr. Teresa Maria Linda Scholz

Teresa Maria Linda Scholz

Teresa Maria Linda Scholz (Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder) is the new the Vice President of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Dr. Scholz was previously Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer at UC Santa Cruz. Prior to her roles as an administrator, Dr. Scholz was an Associate Professor (with tenure) at Eastern Illinois University in Communication Studies, and affiliated Women’s Studies and Latin American Studies faculty. Dr. Scholz identifies as US and Guatemalan-American, is a first-generation college student, raised in Guatemala and the United States.

She positions herself as a Critical Latina/Latin American Transnational Feminist Scholar in Communication Studies, who is interested in understanding culturally situated theories of counterhegemonic enactments of rhetorical agency. Courses she has taught include Rhetoric of Race, Rhetoric of Class, Critical Intercultural Communication, and Latina/Latin American Women’s Human Rights Discourses. Dr. Scholz has also completed a certificate in Mindful Facilitation techniques. As a scholar-practitioner she is committed to identifying discursive and material counterhegemonic practices in social justice education.

As VP for EID, she is interested in leading a campus through the process of exploring and understanding power differentials, the connection between voice, victimhood, and agency, and the role that we all play in challenging, preventing, and resisting different forms of oppression. Her keynote address, titled “Addressing Our Biases in Higher Education: Best Practices on Working Toward Antiracist Campus Cultures” will address how institutions of higher education can work toward strategic and intentional antiracist and equitable practices.


10:00-10:50 sessions

TRACK 1: INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICES & PROGRAMMING

Promoting Belonging and Equity Through Course Content

Primrose Igonor, MA

MA, Psychology faculty and Belonging & Equity Coordinator at Marion Technical College


TRACK 2: HIGHER EDUCATION

Latina Lift Off: How Inclusive Innovation Helps Latina Undergraduate Students Rise

Kate Jackson

Interim Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Lake Forest College


TRACK 3: SELF-AWARENESS & PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Believe It Or Not I Care: Compassionate Community Outreach for High School Student Empowerment and Excellence

Heidi Larson, PhD

Professor, Counseling and Higher Education, Eastern Illinois University, SelectedWorks

Hailey Pick is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Science. She is currently in her final year in the school counseling graduate program at Eastern Illinois University.

Jen Carleton is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Studies. She is currently in her final year in the school counseling graduate program at Eastern Illinois University.

Joshua Kim m is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science degree in Actuarial Science. He is currently in his final year in the school counseling graduate program at Eastern Illinois University.

Karis Lee is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She is currently in her final year in the school counseling graduate program at Eastern Illinois University.

Michael Roggenkamp is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice. He is currently in his final year in the school counseling graduate program at Eastern Illinois University.


TRACK 4: MENTAL HEALTH

Coping During the COVID-19 Pandemic: How to Navigate Cultural, Mental and Emotional Challenges

Dr. aretha faye marbley, PhD

Professor, Director of Clinical Mental Health Counseling in Counselor Education, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Scholar in Residence, AACTE Holmes Program Coordinator in the College of Education

R. Patrice Dunn, LPC-S in Texas

Owner of Real Life Counseling and Consultation Services PLLC, Doctoral Candidate in Counselor Education program at Texas Tech University

Keegan Trussell, MS, LPC, CCTP-II

Doctoral student, Texas Tech University

Brian Hicks, Ms

Doctoral candidate