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Dr. Charles Robinson is Vice Provost for Diversity Affairs and Professor of History at the University of Arkansas.
Dr. Robinson has held university faculty rank for over 20 years, and while at the University of Arkansas he was awarded the Fulbright
College Master Teacher Award, the Arkansas Alumni Distinguished Teacher Award, and the Student Alumni Board Teacher of the Year
Dr. Robinson has been invited by numerous universities and professional organizations to speak on a variety of topics. Dr. Robinson has
published four books:
Dangerous Liaisons: Sex and Love in the Segregated South
Engaging Missouri: An Epic Drama of Love,
Honor and Redemption across the Color Line
Forsaking All Others: A True Story of Interracial Sex and Revenge in the 1880s South
(2010); and
Remembrances in
Black: Personal Perspectives of the African American Experience at the University of Arkansas
, 1940s-2000s (2010).
He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History at the University of Houston, graduating with honors; a Master’s Degree in History at Rice University; and a Ph.D. in
History at the University of Houston.
As a biracial, bicultural, and bilingual citizen of the world, Dr. Samuel Betances has worked in all fifty states, all six U.S. territories, and
various countries throughout the world, including Japan, Korea, Germany, and Mexico. He inspires willing learners to aim high, reject
rejection, and embrace themselves and each other as powerful team members working toward a more prosperous future.
Dr. Betances’ decades of university teaching, publishing articles, and consulting with private and public organizations allows him to bring
a breadth and depth of understanding on how to make sense of differences. His recently released
Ten Steps to the Head of the Class: A
Challenge to Students
has been well-received by audiences everywhere. Dr. Betances challenges and motivates audiences whether in
Fortune 500 companies, governmental agencies, community groups, community colleges, universities, lectures or commencement events.
Non-sexist and balanced systems, which will not benefit any one group at the expense of another, can emerge only when all groups work together. He brings audiences
to their feet in women’s issues forums, African-American historical month activities, Hispanic events, and celebrations on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to
name but a few. He challenges negative mindsets with his problem-solving methodology and extensive grasp of issues. Dr. Betances delivers his powerful message with
conviction: “It matters less where we are from; what really matters is where we are going. Accept our diversity. Embrace it. Make it work for you. Harness the rainbow.”
From a background of inner city poverty, with the stigmas of minority group status, violence, welfare, and illiteracy in two languages, Dr. Betances developed strong
spiritual convictions and a passion for reading. Dr. Betances has taken the hard lessons from the mean streets of life and reshaped them into his personal vision. He
embarked on a journey from dropping out of school to a doctorate from Harvard University. Today, Dr. Betances is an honored Professor Emeritus and a consultant to
many, and he is a role model for America’s youth – a man who cast away so very many challenges to success to achieve great success in his life, and in his work helping
others learn the importance of pulling cultures together as a way of bringing America back to the top in education, in business, and across the world society in general.
As he puts it, “Our mission is to make America stronger, healthier and freer than when we found her.”
Dr. Howard Rasheed is an Associate Professor of Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the University of North Carolina
Wilmington. He earned a Ph.D. from The Florida State University in Global Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Rasheed is
Founder of the Institute for Innovation, an organization that has developed Idea Accelerator, a patent-pending innovation and ideation
system and software for strategic transformation.
Dr. Rasheed has written over 25 academic publications and teaches in the areas of Innovation and Technology, Business Strategy, and
Entrepreneurship. His new book is entitled,
Innovation Solution: 7 Steps to Creative Leadership and a Sustainable Business Model.
Dr. Rasheed has owned a consulting firm for 30 years that provides consultative service to small and mid-size entrepreneurial firms. The firm has written and competitively
won over $16 million in public and private contracts and grants. Previous positions include Chief Financial Officer of an aerospace manufacturer and Account Executive
for AT&T/BellSouth.
Dr. Rasheed has been a public speaker since college and is a graduate of Dale Carnegie. He has been invited to speak and conduct workshops at many conferences on
strategic transformation and innovation including Latin America.
Dr. José Cruz is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California State University, Fullerton and the former Vice President
for Higher Education Policy and Practice at The Education Trust, Washington DC. While with The Education Trust, Dr. Cruz was involved
in efforts to regulate the for-profit college industry and to save the Federal Pell Grant Program.
Dr. Cruz’ credentials include serving as Vice President for Student Affairs of the University of Puerto Rico System (UPR) and as UPR’s
Executive Director for Strategic Planning; he also served on Puerto Rico’s K-16 Council.
As professor and chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Dean of Academic Affairs of the UPR Mayagüez
Campus, he led several research projects with significant K-12 STEM student outreach and teacher training components.
Dr. Cruz earned his doctorate in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Career Award.
a native of Chicago’s South Side, is a former associate professor of history at Indiana University, Bloomington. He spent two years as
an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Vera Institute of Justice, a nonprofit criminal justice reform agency in New York City,
before joining the faculty of Indiana University, Bloomington. In late 2010, Dr. Muhammad was selected to take over the helm of the
historic Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, of the New York Public Library, which is currently celebrating its 85th year.
An award-winning author, Dr. Muhammad’s book,
The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban
, published by Harvard University Press, won the 2011 John Hope Franklin Best Book award in American Studies.
As an academic, Dr. Muhammad is at the forefront of scholarship on the enduring link between race and crime that has shaped and limited opportunities for African
Americans. He is now working on his second book,
Disappearing Acts: The End of White Criminality in the Age of Jim Crow
, which traces the historical roots of the
changing demographics of crime and punishment so evident today. Dr. Muhammad’s scholarship has been featured in The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle,
and the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and on the History News Network, and the He is also aired on National Public Radio and Pacifica Radio.
Dr. Muhammad has been an Associate Editor of
The Journal of American History
and was recently appointed to the Editorial Board of
Transition Magazine
, published
by the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University.
Dr. Muhammad graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Economics in 1993. After working at Deloitte & Touche LLP, he received his Ph.D. in
American History from Rutgers University, specializing in 20th-century U.S. and African-American history. A great-grandson of Elijah Muhammad, he has deep roots in
Black history and in Harlem.
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