Practicing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Twenty-First-Century Honors Education Conference

Practicing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Twenty-First-Century Honors Education

October 25-27, 2017 at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio

Across the nation, Honors Programs and Colleges typically demonstrate a marked commitment to fostering and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion both in and beyond the classroom. Yet honors education consistently is critiqued for its lack of diversity. For instance, admission standards to Honors Programs and Colleges often significantly limit minoritized student involvement. Even when minoritized students are admitted to Honors Programs and Colleges, often such students do not complete an honors education due to lack of academic preparation, negative internal or/and external perceptions of “a typical honors student,” lack of support networks, or some other reason that speaks profoundly to the lack of diversity, equity, and inclusion in twenty-first-century honors education. Furthermore, an exclusive curriculum like the Great Books tradition might discourage minoritized student and faculty involvement, and often this lack of involvement is further exacerbated by inaccessible curriculum design or/and alienating pedagogical practices.

This two-day conference will focus on specific practices in honors education that are designed to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

Inquiries: Kacee Ferrell Snyder, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, Honors College, Bowling Green State University:


Early Bird Registration: $100
Early Bird Student (Graduate & Undergraduate): $25
Early Bird Registration Ends July 31, 2017

After July 31, 2017 Registration is $130
After July 31, 2017 Student Registration is $30
Registration is now closed.

Cost includes parking and a lunch on Thursday. Registration is now closed.


Practicing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Twenty-First Century Honors Education
October 25-27, 2017
Bowling Green State University


11:45 am               Check in

12:45 pm              Welcome
Dr. Simon Morgan-Russell, Ph.D., Dean of Bowling Green State University Honors College

1:00 pm                 Session 1
Affirmative Pedagogy: Affirmative Approaches as a Pedagogical Framework to Improve LGBTQ+ College Retention
, Michael Desposito, Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling of Ohio Lindsay Heckman, Bowling Green State University & Stephanie Durham, Bowling Green State University

2:15 pm                 Break

2.45 pm                 Session 2
Tackling Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Issues in an “Hybrid” Honors Program and its Individual Components,
Catherine Pratt, Owens Community College, Russell Bodi, Owens Community College, Cory Hoover, Owens Community College, Timothy Rice, Owens Community College, & Jennifer Hazel, Owens Community College

4:00 pm                 Session 3
Data, Diversity, and High-Achieving Students: Lessons Learned at the Department Level,
Raymond Irwin, The Ohio State University

The Latino/a Educational Pipeline, McKenna Freeman, Bowling Green State University

5:15 pm                 Travel / Hotel time

5.45 pm                 Dinner at various restaurants in Bowling Green or on your own


8:00 am                 Coffee and Welcome

8:30 am                 Session 4
Beyond the "Great Books" Canon: Global Issues and Great Ideas
, Ann Bomberger, Gannon University & Simon Morgan-Russell, Bowling Green State University

9:45 am                 Session 5
Invisible Scholars: Racialized Students from Immigrant Backgrounds in Honors Programs
, Keji Kujjo, Shelby County Schools

First Gens in Honors: What Works and What is Next?, Bess German, Michigan State University

11:00 am               Keynote: Dr. Stephen Quaye

12.15 am               Lunch on campus

1:45 pm                Session 6
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as a Learning Experience
, Shayla Jones, Gannon University

Fostering Diversity at a Public, Comprehensive University: The Role of Faculty in Honors at California State University, Fullerton, Sandra Perez, California State University, Fullerton

Challenging Prior Conceptions of Honors Education to Achieve an Inclusive Honors Environment, Lorelle Meadows, Michigan Technological University and Mary Raber, Michigan Technological University

3:00 pm                 Break

3:30 pm                 Session 7
Incorporating Inclusion in More than your Honors Mission Statement
, Janine Driver, Eastern Michigan University & Reem Aabed, Eastern Michigan University

Examining High-Achieving Black Undergraduate Students’ Low Participation in Honors Education at Bowling Green State University (A Pilot Study),
Leigh Dunewood, Bowling Green State University

4:45 pm                 Session 8
Peer Facilitators as a Model for Classroom Inclusion
, Heath Diehl, Bowling Green State University

6:00 pm
                Toledo School for the Arts Jazz Collective

7:15 pm
                Dinner on own / Day Concludes


8.30 am                 Coffee and Welcome

9:00 am                 Session 9

Assessing our Environments for Effective Change: A Model for Multicultural Organization Development
, Christina J. Lunceford, Bowling Green State University, Hannah White, Ohio Northern University, & SJ Wilhelm, Bowling Green State University

10:15 am
              Session 10
Equity and Honors Education
, Graeme Harper, Oakland University and NSFMIH

11:30am               Session 11
Equity-Minded Honors Admissions: Implementing Holistic Review in the University Honors Program at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire
, Jefford Vahlbusch, Appalachian State University, Heather Kretz, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, & David Jones, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

12:45 pm             

Closing remarks /Discussion
Dr. Graeme Harper, Dean of Oakland University Honors College and National Society for Minorities in Honors Education

1:00 pm                 Conference concludes

We are excited to announce that Dr. Stephen John Quaye will serve as our keynote speaker!

Stephen John Quaye is President of ACPA: College Student Educators International and an Associate Professor in the Student Affairs in Higher Education Program at Miami University. He is a 2009 ACPA Emerging Scholar and was awarded the 2009 Melvene D. Hardee Dissertation of the Year Award from NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Stephen’s research and teaching broadly focus on understanding how to enable undergraduate and graduate students to engage difficult issues (e.g., privilege, oppression, power) productively and honestly and the strategies educators use to facilitate these dialogues and what they learn about themselves in the process. Most recently, he is undertaking a study of student activists and what they need from educators to support their activism, as well as the strategies Black student affairs educators use to heal from racial battle fatigue. His work is published in different venues, including The Review of Higher Education, Teachers College Record, the Journal of College Student Development, and Equity & Excellence in Education. He is co-editor (with Shaun R. Harper) of the second edition of Student Engagement in Higher Education: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Approaches for Diverse Populations. He holds degrees from The Pennsylvania State University (Ph.D.), Miami University (M.S.), and James Madison University (B.S.).


There are two hotels with blocks of rooms available:

  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites - use Group Code BHC for a group rate of $99/night
  • Best Western Falcon Plaza - mention the National Society for Minorities in Honors Education (NSFMIH) Conference for a group rate of $80.95/night
    •    Reservations must be made by September 25, 2017

For additional hotel options, please go here.
For a list of local amenities, including excursions, restaurants, and entertainment please go here.


Bowling Green, Ohio, is located near Interstate 75 and U.S. Route 6, on State Route 25. The University is on East Wooster Street between State Route 25 and Interstate 75. It is easily accessible from the Ohio Turnpike via exit 64/4A. The closest airport serviced by major airlines is located in Toledo, Ohio.

For printable directions from your current location to BGSU, type in your address at the link here.

If you arrive by plane, we suggest that you rent a car for transportation or arrange for shuttle service. Contact the BG Airport Shuttle for service or search online for other options in the Bowling Green Area. Amtrak trains are available in Toledo, to the north, and in Fostoria, to the south.

From the north or south: Take 1-75 to Exit 181. Go west on Wooster Street.

From the east or west: on 1-80/90 (Ohio Turnpike): Take Exit 64 onto I-75 South. Continue to Exit 181. Go west on Wooster Street.

Once you are near campus, you will park in Lot 7. Be sure to print out your parking pass from your confirmation email after you register. For a map of campus, go to the link here. The conference will take place on the 3rd floor of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.