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Dr. Kelly Maxwell
University of Michigan

Dr. Maxwell previously served as co-chair of the University of Michigan's Understanding Race Project and chair of the university's Diversity Council. She teaches courses on intergroup issues including social identity, privilege, oppression and power. Additionally, she trains students to facilitate intergroup dialogues. Her recent co-edited book,Facilitating Intergroup Dialogues: Bridging Differences, Catalyzing Change (2011, Stylus) highlights her interest in dialogic pedagogy and practice. More recently, she has been working with faculty on developing inclusive and dialogic classrooms. Her research includes dialogue and intergroup relations issues in education, particularly related to the critical examination of white privilege and its role in maintaining systems of inequity in education. Dr. Maxwell received her PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Arizona State University.

Dr. Kathleen Wong (Lau)
San Jose State University

Dr. Kathleen Wong (Lau) is San Jose State's chief diversity officer. Wong (Lau) leads the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, providing vision and direction for university-wide efforts to ensure a welcoming, safe climate for every member of their community and serving as a liaison to community partners and constituents on a wide array of diversity initiatives. Wong (Lau) joins San Jose State from the University of Oklahoma where she served since 2014 as director of the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies and the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE). Her noteworthy accomplishments at Oklahoma included launching faculty training institutes on inclusive teaching, and administrator training on management and leadership for diversity and innovation. In addition, she designed and led an inaugural, mandatory, five-hour Freshmen Diversity Experience training for more than 5,000 students. She also consulted with other academic institutions, with an emphasis on helping faculty and staff support underrepresented and first generation students. Wong (Lau) received a bachelor's degree in speech communication from CSU Hayward (now CSU East Bay) before completing a dual master's/doctorate program in communication with an intercultural concentration at Arizona State University. She was named in 2015 by Diverse Issues in Higher Education as one of Women's History Month's "Top 25 Women in Higher Education," contributing to transformation and change in the United States.

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Dr. Vivian Tseng is the Senior Vice President for Programs at the William T. Grant Foundation, where she leads the Foundation's grantmaking programs and initiatives to connect research, policy, and practice to improve child and youth outcomes. Dr. Tseng has longstanding interests in strengthening the career pipeline for scholars of color. Under her leadership, the Foundation has deepened its support for scholars of color, including increased grantmaking and capacity support to underrepresented researchers and a grants program to promote stronger mentoring for students of color. Her research interests include racial, cultural, and immigration influences on child development, improving social settings and promoting social change.
Dr. Robert Sellers is a Professor of Psychology and Education, as well as Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion, and Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Michigan. In this role, he works with university administration on matters related to diversity regarding academic, student, and faculty affairs. Dr. Sellers' research interests include racial and ethnic identity, personality and health, and athletic participation. His research examines the ways in which the interaction between personal characteristics (e.g., identity and attributional styles) and characteristics of the social environment influence subsequent behavior and adaptational outcomes. He is one of the founders of the Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context, which conducts research on the healthy development of African American youth and provides an important training ground for future researchers.

DISI Grad Conference- Day 1: Tseng from Arizona State University on Vimeo.

DISI Grad Conference - Day 2: Sellers from Arizona State University on Vimeo.