Social Justice and Student Success Partnership Forum


Explore opportunities to sustain student success and drive positive change at the Social Justice and Student Success Partnership Forum. Attend the forum to be part of a local conversation on solutions to leverage partnerships among higher education, K-12 schools, community organizations and families to address educational inequalities and social injustice and attend a free screening of the film “America Divided: The Class Divide“.

The forum is hosted by Georgia State University’s College of Education and Human Development and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, in partnership with the Southern Education Foundation, and supported with an Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities award. Participate in the discussion and find ways to expand this effort.

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Social Justice and Student Success Partnership Forum

Forum Agenda 

8:30 a.m. – Registration and Continental Breakfast
Located in the Centennial Hall Atrium

9:00 a.m. – Conference Welcome and Opening Plenary:  Student Success Innovation and the African American Legacy of Excellence

Welcome by Dr. Joyce King, Benjamin Mays Endowed Chair

renickDr. Timothy Renick
Vice Provost & Vice President, Enrollment Management & Student Success
Georgia State University

kimbroDr. Dennis Kimbro
Professor, School of Business Administration
Clark Atlanta University

10:30 a.m. – Remarks 

  • Shannon Looney, Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities, Project Manager, Collaborating for Change
  • Dr. Caitlin Dooley, Georgia Department of Education
  • John H. Eaves, Chairperson, Fulton County Commission
  • Tiffany Green-Abdullah, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
11:00 a.m. – Best Practices Workshops
Best Practice Workshops will present social justice and student success initiatives at Georgia State University and in other educational and community settings. Discussion will focus on opportunities for university-community partnering to sustain student success and drive positive change. Workshops will take place in Centennial Hall, the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, the Apex Museum and the Southern Education Foundation

The GSU Honors College Alonzo F. Herndon Human Rights Initiative

Sarah Cook, Associate Dean, Honors College

Moderator: Nasir Muhammad, Historian, Black Mecca of the South Tours

Location: Auburn Avenue Research Library Classroom

The Fierce Urgency Now of Remembering When: The S.I.S Oral History Project at Spelman 

Gloria Wade Gayles, Eminent Scholar’s Chair, Spelman College

Moderator: Dr. Aisha Kareem, Community-Wide Shuraa Conference (CWSC)

Location: Centennial Hall, Honors College Seminar Room 223

Education/ Teacher Education Best Practices 

A Model Teacher Residency Program at GSU
Kaynun Campbell, Principal Camp Creek Middle School, Fulton County Schools
Dr. Ann Ferrell, District Coordinator for the GSU Net-Q and Crest-Ed Grants

Innovation in Urban Teaching Preparation
Dr. Trevor Turner, Dean of the School of Education Emeritus at Clark Atlanta University

Moderator: Dr. Shonda Lemons-Smith, GSU 

Location: The Apex Museum

Interactive Demo of Mi Rialiti Smartphone Application 

M. Von Nkosi, Architect, Urban Planner, App Developer

Moderator: Renee Jordan, GSU 

Location: Auburn Avenue Research Library Theater

Social Justice and Academic Activism

Research for Social Justice: Studying Up and Out
Dr. Jonathan Gayles, African American Studies, Georgia State University 

Faculty Diversity at GSU: Becoming a National Leader in "Inclusion"
Dr. Tim Ainsworth, Sociology Department, Georgia State University 

Moderator: Dr. Kathryn McClymond, Associate Dean for Faculty Development, College of Arts & Sciences

Location: Auburn Avenue Research Library, Readers & Writer Lounge

Innovative Learning Communities for Student Success

Tiffany Green Abdullah, Manager, Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning
Dr. Chike Akua, CEO, Teacher Transformation Institute

Moderator: Dr. Ashley Joyce Holmes, English Department, GSU

Location: Centennial Hall, Auditorium

Research to Practice: Advancing Education & Equity through Community Engagement

Dr. Amanda Assalone, SEF, Postdoctoral Research & Policy Analyst, Southern Education Foundation
Dr. LaToya Simone Owens, Senior Manager of Assessment, UNCF Institute for Capacity Building, former SEF Higher Education Fellow, GSU Alumna

Moderator: Dr. DeShawn Preston, Southern Education Foundation

Location: Southern Education Foundation, Conference Room

Incarcerated Youth: Impacts on Families, Communities & Society

Rhonda C. Anderson, CEO A Scholar’s Touch, LLC
Deidre Cox, Community Sustainability Enterprises

Moderator: Aljoise Knight Harding, National Council of Elders

Location: The Apex Museum, Hall of Achievement

Social Justice & Student Success: An Innovative Interdisciplinary Participatory Course at GSU

Dr. Joyce King, Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair for Urban Teaching, Learning & Leadership, Department of Educational Policy Studies
Dr. Valora Richardson, Manager Faculty Development & Support, Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning

Moderator: Vincent Hall, Living History Initiative, Community Learning Partner

Location: Centennial Hall, Room 120

12:00 p.m. – Lunch Break
Find options along Auburn Avenue

1:00 p.m. Film Screening: “America Divided: The Class Divide” featuring Jesse Williams
Centennial Hall Auditorium
ad-invite-blank“America Divided” explores inequality in education, housing, healthcare, labor, criminal justice and the political system. Executive produced by Norman Lear, Shonda Rhimes, Common and Solly Granatstein, the series features actors Rosario Dawson, America Ferrara, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler and others. Five episodes present “human stories about the conflicts that separate us, the values that unite us and our triumphs over adversity, no matter our race or class.” We will view and discuss “The Class Divide” episode on education hosted by the actor Jesse Williams.

2:10 p.m. – Roundtable Discussions & Concurrent Large Group Discussion
General Audience Moderator: Dr. Chike Akua
Round Table Discussions following the film screening will focus on solutions that could leverage partnerships among higher education, K-12 schools, community organizations and families.

3:20 p.m. – Distinguished Panel

jkingModerator: Dr. Joyce E. King
Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair for Urban Teaching, Learning & Leadership in the College of Education and Human Development
jonesDr. Tiffany Jones
Director of Higher Education Policy, The Education Trust
lkingMr. Lonnie C. King, Jr.
Veteran Civil and Human Rights Leader
tilmanMs. Marlyn Tillman
Co-Founder, Gwinnett Parent Coalition to Dismantle the School to Prison Pipeline

4:00 p.m. – Round Table Reports
Dr. Valora Richards, Moderator

Dr. Valora Richardson, Manager of Faculty Development and Support in the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, will share the community-university partnering solutions discussed by the Round Table participants with the entire audience using the innovative Mi Rialiti TM [“my reality”] social equity, justice and empowerment networking tool ( 

4:20 p.m. – Closing Remarks & Networking Interlude 

5:00 p.m. – VIP Reception

At a VIP Reception we will recognize the lifetime commitments of educators and community leaders to social justice and student success, which are at the heart of this initiative.