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Education: A Catalyst for Systematic Equity, Part 2

Join President Aaron Thompson and Travis Powell, CPE vice president and general counsel, for an hour-long interview to follow up on the successful Higher Edquity Series webinar, “Education: A Catalyst for Systematic Equity.” This webinar will continue the discussion about race relations and the importance of Kentucky's diversity, equity and inclusion efforts to help close achievement gaps.

Wednesday, July 1, 1 p.m.

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Aaron Thompson

About Aaron Thompson

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, and executive vice president at CPE. 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.

Last Updated 6/30/2020