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National Society for Minorities in Honors (NSFMIH)

Supporting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Honors Education

March 9-11, 2016 | Oakland University | Rochester, Michigan


The focus of this important inaugural national conference will be on topics concerned with the support of inclusion and diversity  in college  honors programs and  honors colleges. 

Proposals for all presentation topics pertaining to the theme are welcome.  Closing Date for Proposals is February 28, 2016.  Proposals: 150 word abstract.  Presentation: 20 minutes in length (each 60 minute session will allow for 2 presentations and 20 min discussion).
Current presentations includes ideas on creating mentoring partnerships, retaining minority students, sustaining a high school honors environment, inclusion and global citizenship, and addressing economic disadvantage.

There will be  key presentations by Dr. Bob Maxfield  and Dr. V. Thandi Sulé. Dr. Maxfield’s presentation will focus on “Inclusive Education” and Dr. Sulé will speak about “The Benefits of Diversity in College.”  Networking opportunities will be provided throughout the conference.

Inquiries: Graeme Harper, Dean,  Honors  College, Oakland University:  gharper@oakland.edu.

Attendees already include  Honors  College/program faculty, high school teachers, graduate students, Academic Affairs staff, academic advisers, admission officers.
Further topics might include those related to:
- Exploring the High School to College pipeline
- Enriching honors through  diversity
- Race and/or ethnicity
- Gender and Gender Identity
- Sexual Orientation
- Student Success and Civility
- Economic diversity in honors
- The transfer student and honors equity
These are just a few examples! 

Noon        Welcome

1 p.m.      Keynote

  • Inclusive Education: Dr. Bob Maxfield, Robert Martin.

2 p.m.      Coffee

2:30 p.m. Conference Session One

  • Donald Shaffer | Mississippi State University Diversity and Excellence: Stereotype Threat and Negative Perceptions Among African American Students in Honors Programs
  • Debbie Brawn | University of Cincinnati Increasing Diversity of the University of Cincinnati’s University Honors Program (UHP)
  • Robin Moten | Seaholm High School Seeing Beyond Grades: Creating and sustaining a high school honors environment in which minority students experience thriving not just surviving
4 p.m.       Conference Session Two
  • Caryn Reed-Hendon | Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine | Stereotype Threat and Student Engagement: Mitigating the Effects for an Inclusive Environment
  • David Coleman | Eastern Kentucky University | Honors and Diversity on the Edge of Appalachia: Demographic Change and Diversity Initiatives in the EKU Honors Program

5 p.m.       Coffee / Travel / Hotel time

5:30 p.m.  Informal Buffet Dinner

  • Available from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Honors College. No set arrival time for dinner, available throughout.

7 p.m.       Dinner/Day Concludes



8:30 a.m.  Coffee

9 a.m.       Conference Session Three

  • Amanda McMenamin | Wilson College The Wilson Scholars Program First-Year Seminar: An Exploration of Global Social Justice that Grounds Diversity at the Core of the Honors Experience
  • Michael Daher | Henry Ford College | Tapestry of Diversity - Honors Education at Henry Ford College
  • Marty Dupuis | University of Central Florida Increasing Diversity in Honors through a Mentoring Partnership with local Title I High Schools

10:30 a.m. Coffee

11 a.m.      Keynote

  • Honors and Asperger’s: Chaturi Edrisinha and Janaan (Decker) Anderson

Noon          Lunch

1 p.m.        Keynote

  • A Student Panel: Honors, Diversity and Inclusion

2 p.m.        Conference Session Four

  • Peter Bradley | Ferris State University The Admissions Gap: A Case Study at Ferris State University  
  • Farha Hanif | Oakland University Perceptions and Interactions with Authority According to Religiosity

3 p.m.        Conference Session Five

  • Blake Williams | Oakland University Importance of the Academic Advisor
  • Chaunda Scott | Oakland University Highlighting the Reasons why African American Undergraduate Students have Low Interest and Participation in Honors College Programs
  • Mary Raber | Michigan Technological University | Pavlis Honors College Program

4:30 p.m.   Coffee / Travel / Hotel time

5:30 p.m.   Conference Dinner starts promptly at 5:30 p.m./Music Evening with Steel Band

7:30 p.m.   Dinner/Day concludes



8:30 a.m.   Coffee

9 a.m.        Conference Session Six

  • Tim Larrabee | Oakland University Creating Space for Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (SOGI) Diversity
  • Dwaine Jengelly and Jason Ware | Purdue University | Supporting Diversity and Inclusion in Purdue University’s Honors College
  • Robin Michel | Oakland University Creating a Culture of Equity and Inclusion in Honor Colleges and Programs

10:30 a.m.  Coffee

11 a.m.       Keynote

  • The Positive Impact of Diversity: Dr. V. Thandi Sulé

11:30 a.m.  Closing remarks / Discussion

  • Talking about the next steps for the National Society for Minorities in Honors (NSFMIH)

Noon           Coffee available / Conference concludes



Dr. V. Thandi Sulé |"Benefits of Diversity in College"
V. Thandi Sulé received her PhD in Higher and Postsecondary Education from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on how underrepresented groups access and persist in higher education. This work includes interrogating diversity discourse associated with educational policy. Dr. Sule was named a research fellow by the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Institution on Equity and Critical Policy Analysis, and her work has appeared in several peer-reviewed publications. In all, her scholarship and service is designed to expand critical analysis of educational equity in order to promote practices that facilitate success in higher education.

Patrick Fitzgibbon and the steel band 
Oakland University's "Pan-Jumbies" Steelband is a performing ensemble specializing in the music of Trinidad, the birthplace of the steel drum, or "Pan" as its called on the island.  Created in 2000 by OU's director of world music program, Mark Stone, the group has collaborated with some of the most innovative artists in this tradition.  In exploring the versatility of these instruments, the "Pan-Jumbies" also perform other Caribbean, Latin and Jazz styles. The ensemble is offered as an OU course and is open to all students as well as community members.  The ensemble is under the direction of pan player, composer and arranger Patrick Fitzgibbon.

Janaan Anderson, M.Ed.
Janaan Anderson is the Student Services Coordinator of the Frederik Meijer Honors College at Grand Valley State University. Affectionately known as the “honors mom” by over 1,600 students, Janaan organizes students’ schedules across various disciplines and advises them on a daily basis in all matters related to student success. With the Meijer Honors College being a living-learning community, Janaan works closely with the living center director and resident assistant’s to ensure freshmen students’ transition into college life is as smooth as possible.

Chaturi Edrisinha, Ph.D., BCBA-Doctoral
Dr. Edrisinha is an Associate Professor in the department of Human Development and Child Studies at Oakland University. She is a board certified behavior analyst. She received her Ph.D. in autism and developmental disabilities and her M.Ed. in early childhood special education from The University of Texas at Austin. An overarching agenda in Dr. Edrisinha’s research is to increase the quality of life, develop instructional and support strategies that foster independence and inclusion, for persons with autism. She has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, conference papers, and book chapters in many prestigious journals including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Research in Developmental Disabilities, and the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities and presented at numerous national and international conferences. 


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