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Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum
President Emerita, Spelman College

Monday, November 6, 2017: 9:30-10:30am (Featured Speaker)
Monday, November 6, 2017: 10:45-11:45am (Breakout session - Limited Space - First Come First Serve basis)

A 2013 recipient of the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award, Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum served as president of Spelman College from 2002-2015. Her tenure as president was marked by a period of great innovation and growth. Overall, scholarship support for Spelman students tripled during her tenure, and opportunities for faculty research and development expanded significantly. In 2008, the Gordon-Zeto Fund for International Initiatives was established with a gift of $17,000,000, creating more opportunities for faculty and student travel and increased funding for international students. Alumnae support of the annual fund also tripled, reaching a record high of 41%. Campus improvements included the award-winning renovation of four historic buildings and the 2008 completion of a new “green” residence hall, increasing on-campus housing capacity by more than 25% and establishing the campus commitment to environmental sustainability for the 21st century. These improvements served as the foundation for Strengthening the Core: The Strategic Plan for 2015, which focused on global engagement, expanded opportunities for undergraduate research and internships, alumnae-student connections, leadership development and service learning linked to an increasingly interdisciplinary curriculum.

Dr. Tatum is widely recognized as a race relations expert and leader in higher education. Her areas of research include racial identity development, and the role of race in the classroom. She is the author of "Can We Talk About Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation" (2007) and “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and Other Conversations about Race" (1997) as well as Assimilation Blues: Black Families in a White Community (1987). In 2005 Dr. Tatum was awarded the prestigious Brock International Prize in Education for her innovative leadership in the field. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, she was the 2014 recipient of the APA Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology. She is also a member of the American Philosophical Society.

Actively involved in the Atlanta community, Dr. Tatum serves on the governing boards of the Westside Future Fund, Achieve Atlanta, and the Woodruff Arts Center. She is also on the boards of Teach for America, Smith College, the Educational Testing Service, TIAA Charitable, and the Georgia Power corporate board of directors.

She holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Wesleyan University, and M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from University of Michigan as well as an M.A. in Religious Studies from Hartford Seminary. Over the course of her career, she has served as a faculty member at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Westfield State University, and Mount Holyoke College. Prior to her appointment at Spelman, she served as dean and acting president at Mount Holyoke College. President Tatum is married to Dr. Travis Tatum, professor emeritus of education; they are the parents of two adult sons.

Creating the Future We Want: A Conversation with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum
The demographic changes across the higher education landscape present both challenges and opportunities for educators committed to student success. Join us for a conversation with author and educator Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum about the key elements of inclusive campus communities that will affirm identity, build community and cultivate the leadership we need for the future.


  Dr. Keith Edwards

Tuesday, November 7, 2017:
8:50-9:50am & 10:00-11:50am - Extended Session Presentation

Over the past 15 years Keith has spoken and consulted at more than 150 colleges and universities, presented more than 150 programs at national conferences, and written more than 15 articles or book chapters on men’s identity, social justice education, and leadership. His research, writing, and speaking has received national awards and recognition including ACPA Dissertation of the Year and ACPA Diamond Honoree. His TEDx Talk on Ending Rape has been viewed around the world.

Keith is a certified executive and leadership coach for individuals who are looking to unleash their fullest potential. Keith’s coaching approach is grounded in positive psychology research on what works, Zen practices and approaches to help you get out of your own way, and a social justice lens. He is a trained co-active coach from CTI, the world’s largest coaching school and certification program.

Keith was the Director of Campus Life at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN from 2007 – 2015 where he provided leadership for the areas of residential life, student activities, conduct, and orientation. He was an affiliate faculty member in the Leadership in Student Affairs program at the University of St. Thomas, where he taught graduate courses on diversity and social justice in higher education for 8 years.


Toward Thriving: The Science of What Works

This session will share concepts and principles from the latest science of what works from positive psychology and neuroscience. Participants will apply these concepts through a series of interactive activities to gain clarity, set goals, determine priorities, identify actions steps, and make commitments toward thriving in their current professional and personal lives.


Dr. Paul Gordon Brown 
Sunday, November 5, 2017: Opening Banquet
Sunday, November 5, 2017: 4-hour Pre-Conference Session

Dr. Paul Gordon Brown's doctoral research at Boston College focused on college student social media use and its impact on college student development, identity, and self concept. Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the State University of New York College at Geneseo, and a Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University. Paul has also studied at Miami University in Oxford, OH and at New College, Oxford University, in the United Kingdom. Paul currently works as the Director of Curriculum, Training, and Research at the higher education technology software company, Roompact, focusing on advancing and enhancing residential student learning.

Paul has over 15 years of professional experience in higher education and student affairs in a diverse array of functional areas including residential education, honors programs, academic advising, college athletics and student activities. He also served in a senior student affairs officer role as the Acting Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Formerly serving as an instructor in the Higher Education programs at Merrimack College and Boston College, Paul has extensive experience in the classroom and working in blended student and academic affairs environments. 

Paul was recognized by LinkedIn as “one to follow” and by EdTech Magazine as one of the top 50 Higher Ed bloggers. He collaborated with Erik Qualman as a contributing author to “What Happens On Campus Stays on YouTube” and is a contributing author to numerous books on technology and higher education. Paul was recognized as a Diamond Honoree by —College Student Educators International for his sustained contributions of higher education and student affairs. Paul currently serves on the Governing Board of the ACPA as the Director of Membership Development, having previously served two terms as the Coordinator for Coalitions. Paul also serves on the faculty of ACPA’s Residential Curriculum Institute. 

Educating Students for Digital Leadership and Citzenship
Sunday, November 5, 2017: 4-hour Pre-Conference Session
New and emerging social and mobile technologies are changing our society and our daily lives. This presentation explores how social media intersects with student development and explores the issues young and emerging adults face when developing their voice—both online and off.  Participants will also explore key concepts they can use as educational partners with students on this journey. 


Dr. Mamta Accapadi
Sunday, November 5, 2017: Opening Banquet

Mamta Accapadi is a mother first. She is grateful to be in a head and heart space where her daughter challenges and affirms her sense of purpose every day. In her professional role, Mamta Accapadi joined Rollins College as the Vice President for Student Affairs in August 2013. At Rollins, Accapadi serves as the chief student affairs officer and provides broad leadership for initiatives focused on student learning, thriving, and success. During her time at Rollins, Accapadi has focused on developing strategic alignments of core student affairs areas in student care, community, and career and life planning in order to develop stronger functional alignments in support Rollins students, the College’ retention efforts, and mission of educating students for global citizenship and responsible leadership.

Prior to Rollins, Dr. Accapadi served as the Dean of Student Life at Oregon State University, where she also coordinated the College Student Services Administration program. In addition, Accapadi served as the assistant director of the Multicultural Information Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and has held faculty appointments in Women’s Studies, Ethnic Studies, Education, and Educational Psychology. 

Accapadi received her Ph.D. in higher education administration with research interests in Asian American identity and social justice education. She also has served as a postdoctoral fellow in Women’s Studies at the University of Houston. In addition to a Ph.D., Accapadi also holds a M.Ed. in higher education administration and B.A. in microbiology, all from the University of Texas at Austin.

Our Moment is Now!
New student orientation changes lives… and ALL of our colleagues in higher education know it. It is the reason that when we think about introducing something to students, our institutions want to ‘put it into the orientation schedule.’ Orientation is the gateway to hope and success for our students. As our students continue diversify, how can we honor the hope they carry with them with our fullest selves? Reflecting on how my own moments in Orientation transformed my life, this talk is a reminder to all of us that our moment is NOW, and it is glorious.



Dr. Timothy J. Bono
Timothy J. Bono, PhD, is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis where his teaching and research focus on positive psychology and college student development. Over the last decade, thousands of students have enrolled in his courses on the Psychology of Young Adulthood and the Science of Happiness. His teaching has earned numerous awards, including the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences as well as the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences. In 2011, he received NODA’s Outstanding Research Award for his work identifying key variables that predict academic success and university satisfaction during the freshman transition. His research and ideas also have been featured in a number of media outlets including Fast Company, CNN, and the Associated Press. He is currently writing a book on happiness in young adulthood, coming out in Spring 2018 from Grand Central Publishing. 

Failing Your Way to Success

Sunday, November 5, 2017: Opening Banquet

Failure and Adversity are part of any successful person’s path. But how can we muster the strength to persevere when times are most trying? This presentation will discuss the approaches taken by some of NODA’s most successful leaders. We’ll hear their stories along with practical advice for how to use previous setbacks as fuel for future success.


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