2021 Summit Keynote Speakers

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“COVID-1619: What Does a Racial Reckoning Really Look Like for Higher Education?”  

Davarian L. Baldwin is a leading urbanist, historian, and cultural critic. He serves as the Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies and founding director of the Smart Cities Lab at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Baldwin is the author of In the Shadow of the Ivory Tower: How Universities are Plundering Our Cities (Bold Type Books, 2021); Chicago’s New Negroes: Modernity, the Great Migration, and Black Urban Life (UNC, 2007) and co-editor (with Minkah Makalani) of the essay collection, Escape From New York: The New Negro Renaissance beyond Harlem (Minnesota, 2013). He also is co-editor of the Urban Life, Landscape, and Policy book series for Temple University Press, works on the coordinating committee of Scholars for Social Justice, and is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. You can find him on Twitter @DavarianBaldwin.

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“A Time for Action, Not Platitudes”

L. Song Richardson is the Dean and Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. At the time of her appointment, she was the only woman of color to lead a top 30 law school; and on July 1, 2021, she will be the 14th President of Colorado College, becoming the first woman of color to serve in that role. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Association of Law School’s Derrick Bell Award, which recognizes a faculty member’s extraordinary contributions to legal education, and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer Award. She is a frequently-invited speaker and consultant to judges, lawyers, educators, and private industry on the topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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