Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

2022 Higher EDquity Symposium

Recruitment, Retention Realization: Using Inclusion and Belonging as a Roadmap for Promoting Equity and Student Success


Nov. 14-15, 2022, hosted by Northern Kentucky University

Thanks to all who participated! This year’s symposium, held in partnership with NKU at their Student Center, focused on amplifying campus inclusion efforts to

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Featured Speakers


Bonita Brown

Brown currently serves as the Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for Northern Kentucky University where she leads the campus in implementing Success by Design, the university’s strategic plan solely focused on student success. She previously worked as the Vice President of Network Engagement at Achieving the Dream, a national non-profit leader that champions evidence-based institutional improvement in community colleges across the country. Brown was most recently chosen as one of eleven national Designers in Residence to reimagine the role of Higher Education in closing racial and economic opportunity gaps by the Education Design Lab.


Dr. Shakeer Abdullah

Abdullah is the founder, CEO, and principal consultant with Practical Diversity Associates. He has more than two decades of leadership experience in DEI and organizational leadership, including as the senior program manager of Amazon’s Career Choice Coaching Program, Vice President of Student Affairs at Clayton State University and as a higher education administrator for several campuses for the two decades. 


Dr. Terrell Lamont Strayhorn

Named one of the country's "Top Diversity Scholars" by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Strayhorn is professor of higher education and women’s, gender and sexuality studies at Illinois State University. He has served in a number of significant faculty and academic leadership positions, including Diversity Scholar-in-Residence at Harrisburg Area College, faculty affiliate at Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions, director of the Virginia Union University (VUU) for the Study of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Visiting Scholar in the VUU's School of Education.

Last Updated: 12/2/2022