Education: A Catalyst for Systematic Equity
This Higher Edquity series webinar featured CPE President Aaron Thompson looking at the current state of affairs in Kentucky. Through an educational lens, Thompson provided historical context for the recent social injustices, discuss the effects of a quality education on the interconnectedness of the educational, criminal justice and healthcare systems, and offer an agenda with solutions for moving Kentucky forward.
Before taking the helm of CPE, Aaron Thompson served as interim president of HBCU Kentucky State University and as executive vice president, provost and faculty member at Eastern Kentucky University. He has extensive leadership experience within the private and non-profit sectors and is a highly sought-after national speaker. Dr. Thompson has authored or co-authored numerous books and peer-reviewed publications on diversity, cultural competence, first-year experience programs, retention and student success, among other topics.
Some of his titles include
- Thriving in the HBCU and Beyond.
- Thriving in High School and Beyond: Strategies for Academic Success and Personal Development.
- Infusing Ethics & Diversity into Teacher Education.
- Thriving in the Community College and Beyond: Strategies for Academic Success and Personal Development.
- Thriving in College: Research-Based Strategies for Academic Success and Personal Development Humanity, Diversity, & the Liberal Arts: Foundation of a College Education.
- Diversity & the College Experience.
- Changing Student Culture from the Ground Up.
In recognition of his lifetime efforts to improve diversity, equity and inclusion, he was inducted into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame in 2019.
Thompson received his doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Kentucky, with an emphasis on organizational leadership. He earned a master’s degree in industrial sociology from the University of Kentucky, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Eastern Kentucky University.