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Featured Speakers

Beverly Daniel Tatum

Beverly Daniel Tatum is president emerita of Spelman College, having served as president from 2002-2015. Widely known for her expertise on race relations and as a thought leader in higher education, she is the author of several books including the best-selling "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" and Other Conversations About Race and Can We Talk About Race? and Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation. Her numerous honors include the Brock International Prize for Innovation in Education in 2005, the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award in 2013, and the 2014 American Psychological Association Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology. Dr. Tatum holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Wesleyan University, a M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from University of Michigan, and a M.A. in Religious Studies from Hartford Seminary.

Lori Blanc

Lori Blanc is an Assistant Professor of Practice within the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech. She serves as director of the Curie and Da Vinci Science Living Learning Community (LLC) and teaches the associated first-year experience (Successful Starts in Science) and second-year experience (Professional Leadership in Science) course series. Her innovative teaching practice is illustrated by the integration of six high impact educational practices into the LLC's programming and coursework. Blanc's teaching philosophy centers on two core principles: learn by doing and lead by example. She works with LLC students to co-create experiential learning opportunities in a peer-to-peer instructional model, and aims to give students individual and group flexibility in how they achieve course learning objectives. Blanc received her bachelor's and master's degrees from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, and her doctoral degree from Virginia Tech.

Steve Piscitelli

Steve Piscitelli draws on more than three decades of teaching and learning experiences to help audiences address the issues of personal and professional growth, resilience, and collaboration. His passion remains faculty and staff development. After all, can there be student engagement without faculty engagement? What do we (institutionally, administratively, and collegially) do to support faculty to foster their own growth and resilience? Steve understands teaching can become an insular calling. And when that happens, we lose the power of a united and collegial teaching community. His practical writings and interactive workshops raise intentional and meaningful questions about issues that matter. Before we can solve, we must first question.
Steve has written eleven books, recorded two CDs of original music, produces a podcast channel, writes a weekly blog, and has developed more than 500 original videos for his YouTube channel. He has delivered a TEDx talk and a college commencement address.