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Keynote Speaker

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Daryl G Smith, 2017 Summit Keynote Speaker

Dr. Alma R. Clayton-Pedersen is CEO of Emeritus Consulting Group, and an Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) senior scholar consulting on programs that prepare faculty, administrators and institutions for the future of higher education. While vice president for education and institutional renewal at AAC&U she led the establishment of Inclusive Excellence as a national imperative. She joined AAC&U after more than 15 years at Vanderbilt University in varied roles. She has co-authored many publications including the seminal work, Enacting Diverse Learning Environments: Improving the Climate for Racial/Ethnic Diversity in Higher Education. She was co-PI and director of AAC&U’s Preparing Critical Faculty for the Future (PCFF) program (2010-2015) and lead author of Preparing Critical Faculty for the Future: Enlisting the Voices of STEM Women Faculty of Color (2016), Making a Real Difference with Diversity: A Guide to Institutional Change (2009), and Making Excellence Inclusive in Education and Beyond(2008). She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and both a M.Ed. and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.

In anticipation to Dr. Clayton-Pederson's talk at the 2018 Summit, watch her speak in Albany on September 24, 2013 on "Our Call for Inclusive Excellence":