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Featured Speakers

Rishi Sriram

Rishi Sriram currently serves as associate professor of Higher Education & Student Affairs, graduate program director for the Department of Educational Administration, and faculty master of Brooks Residential College-a living-learning community of approximately 400 students, at Baylor University.
He spent eight years as a higher education and student affairs administrator before beginning his current role as a faculty member. His administrative work won him a NASPA Excellence Award (Gold Honoree) and a Promising Practices Award from the NASPA Student Affairs Partnering with Academic Affairs Knowledge Community. His research interests include student affairs practice, collaboration between academic and student affairs, and college student retention, engagement, achievement, and learning.

Sriram’s work has been published in respected journals such as the Journal of College Student Development, the Review of Higher Education, the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, and the Journal of College Student Retention.

Christine Harrington

Christine Harrington is Executive Director of the New Jersey Center for Student Success. In this role, she works collaboratively with the 19 NJ community colleges on programs, initiatives, and professional development in an effort to improve successful experiences and outcomes for students. Prior to taking on this position, she worked at Middlesex County College as the director for the Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching (CELT) and a psychology professor at Middlesex County College. Harrington also served as the coordinator for the student success course. She holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Lehigh University and M.A. in Counseling and Personnel Services and B. A. in Psychology from The College of New Jersey. Harrington is the recipient of the 2016 Excellence in Teaching First-Year Seminar Award, sponsored by McGraw Hill Education and the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, and the 2016 MCC Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. She is the author of a research-based first-year seminar textbook, Student Success in College: Doing What Works! 2nd edition, and a contributing author of Foundations for Critical Thinking. Harrington frequently presents at national and local conferences and colleges or universities.

Bethany Johnson-Javois

As CEO of the St. Louis Integrated Health Network (IHN), Ms. Johnson-Javois leads a non-profit that serves the St. Louis region’s safety net health care providers and the local community to promote the mission of providing quality, affordable, accessible care to all with an emphasis on serving the underserved. She possesses over 15 years of broad-based experience working and volunteering in the non-profit sector for organizations that positively impact the quality of life for disadvantaged populations.  She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Deaconess Foundation and is a member of the Executive Advisory Council for Missouri State University College of Business.  In January 2015, Johnson-Javois was named the managing director and Commissioner Ex-Officio for the Ferguson Commission. The Ferguson Commission, an independent, volunteer group appointed by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, was charged with addressing the underlying root causes that led to the unrest in the wake of Michael Brown’s death. After a comprehensive study that included extensive community engagement, the Commission published an unflinching report of its findings generating 189 calls to action that chart a new path toward healing and positive change for the residents of the St. Louis region. As a licensed Evangelist Missionary in the Church of God in Christ, she is a noted motivational speaker, trainer, and facilitator around spiritual development, leadership, and youth capacity building.