MARCH 6 - 7, 2020




James Earl Davis is the Bernard C. Watson Endowed Chair in Urban Education at Temple University where he is Professor of Higher Education and Education Leadership. He also holds affiliate faculty appointments in the Department of African American Studies and the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program. His research has provided new insights into how social contexts of education inform racial and gender experiences and expressions, especially for Black boys and emerging adult men. More specifically, his work has investigated the construction of gender identity and its ties to engagement and performance at diverse education levels, from early learning to higher education. Davis’s current research focuses on gender-based education policy and reform; social stratification and urban neighborhood-university relations; and the intersection of schooling options and housing inequality. His work has been funded by varies agencies including the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, Spencer Foundation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the William Penn Foundation. With research publications in numerous academic journals, edited volumes and books, Professor Davis has sought to generate, leverage and trouble the field’s understanding about pathways to higher education and how broader contexts inform postsecondary possibilities. Professor Davis has held faculty appointments at the University of Delaware and Cornell University and was a visiting scholar in the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan and in the Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A former National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow and a Fulbright-Hays Fellow, Davis’ scholarly work and contributions were honored with the American Education Research Association’s Distinguished Contributions to Gender Equity in Education Research Award, the Association for the Study of Higher Education Distinguished Mentoring Award, and an AERA Fellow. As a Dean, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Department Chair in the College of Education, his leadership has been recognized for its inclusive and distributive practice. Throughout his career, he has been instrumental in advancing collaborative university relationships with schools, districts and community-based organizations, increasing external grant-funded for research and service initiatives; mentoring and supporting early career faculty and graduate students, and developing university place-based strategies and partnerships. Professor Davis holds a BA in Sociology from Morehouse College, a Ph.D. from Cornell University, and completed post-doctoral study in the Division of Education Policy at the Educational Testing Service. 



Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. He has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the country. He is also the host of the new podcast, Speak Out with Tim Wise.

He has also lectured internationally, in Canada and Bermuda, and has trained corporate, government, entertainment, media, law enforcement, military, and medical industry professionals on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions. Wise has provided anti-racism training to educators and administrators nationwide.


Wise is the author of seven books, including his latest, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America  (City Lights Books). Other books include Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority (City Lights Books); his highly acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, (recently updated and re-released by Soft Skull Press); Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White; Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-Racist Reflections From an Angry White Male; Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama; and Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity.

Wise has been featured in several documentaries, including the 2013 Media Education Foundation release, “White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America.” The film, which he co-wrote and co-produced, has been called “A phenomenal educational tool in the struggle against racism,” and “One of the best films made on the unfinished quest for racial justice,” by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva of Duke University, and Robert Jensen of the University of Texas, respectively. He also appeared alongside legendary scholar and activist, Angela Davis, in the 2011 documentary, “Vocabulary of Change.” In this public dialogue between the two activists, Davis and Wise discussed the connections between issues of race, class, gender, sexuality and militarism, as well as inter-generational movement building and the prospects for social change.

Wise appears regularly on CNN and MSNBC to discuss race issues and was featured in a 2007 segment on 20/20. He graduated from Tulane University in 1990 and received antiracism training from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, in New Orleans.



Dr. Donna-Marie Cole-Malott currently serves as Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Higher Education (Noe Ortega) in the Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education at The Pennsylvania Department of Education. In her role, she leads initiatives to foster diversity and equity in higher education throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Dr. Cole-Malott works on a variety of initiatives all geared toward the retention, recruitment, and the overall growth of the teaching force in the state. She works to build and nurture partnerships between the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Local Educational Agencies, Institutions of Higher Education and other educational stakeholders who are also invested in diversity, inclusion, equity and the development of highly effective and culturally responsive educators throughout the state.

Dr. Cole-Malott earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Language, Culture, and Society from the Pennsylvania State University. Her dissertation work centered on the role of literacies in the shaping of academic and social identity construction amongst Black girls from across the diaspora. She examined the intersections of race, gender, ethnicity, and culture of these girls while considering Place as an integral factor in the shaping of those identities. Dr. Cole-Malott’s work has appeared in Monthly Review Press and is co-editor of a forthcoming book with Information Age Publishing, Gender Justice in Education.

Throughout her career Dr. Cole-Malott has worked to ensure equitable practices and policies for students of color. In addition to her work with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Dr. Cole-Malott continues to engage in research that focuses on the need to create a diverse teaching force for all students. She focuses on the need for culturally responsive education for all educators who engage with students in the prek-16 space. Her work and research consider the broader implication for equity in all aspects of teacher education. 

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