Blue is Unity 2018 - Featuring Lori Patton Davis, PhD.

The First Annual Inclusive Excellence Development Conference, February 8, 2019, in Bayh College of Education

Portrait of Lori Patton Davis, is unity graphic
Provost Licari and Academic Affairs are proud to welcome all faculty and staff to participate in Indiana State University’s First Annual Inclusive Excellence Development Conference: Blue is Unity.

This year’s keynote speaker is Lori Patton Davis, Ph.D., a higher education scholar whose research agenda focuses on African Americans in postsecondary contexts, Critical Race Theory applied to higher education, college student development theory and the influence of campus environments on student experiences.

Be prepared to learn about inclusive classroom practices, teaching strategies for international students, best practices in searching and hiring, and if that isn’t enough: win prizes and network with colleagues!

This year’s conference will be held in the Bayh College of Education.


Seating is limited in the keynote address and the breakout sessions. Please register here, and don’t forget to select which breakout sessions you will be attending. To assist with food orders, please register by February 4. Encourage others to join in this engaging and valuable opportunity!

Conference Schedule:

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Registration/Continental Breakfast

Location: Bayh College of Education, University Hall Auditorium entrance area

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome, Dr. Mike Licari
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Conference Overview, Mr. Brice Yates
Interim AVP for Inclusive Excellence

Location: Bayh College of Education, University Hall Auditorium

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Keynote Address, Dr. Lori Patton Davis
Professor of Urban Education at Indiana University
University of Purdue Indianapolis

Location: Bayh College of Education, University Hall Auditorium

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.


10:15 – 11:05 a.m.     

Concurrent Session 1

Inclusive Excellence via the Student Organization: Colleagues Helping Implement Lifelong Learning (C.H.I.L.L.)
C.H.I.L.L Student group
Location: University Hall, Room 207

The Lost Voices: International Student Education
Ms. Polina Kaniuka, Ph.D. student in Higher Education Leadership
Location: University Hall, Room 212A

11:15 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Concurrent Session 2

Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum
Ms. Bonnie Huckaby, Hall Coordinator and Mr. Aaron White, Instructional Designer
Location: University Hall, Room 207

Creating an Inclusive Classroom Environment
Dr. Debra Israel, Associate Professor of Economics and Faculty Fellow for Teaching Innovation in the FCTE and Dr. Molly Hare, Director of the Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence
Location: University Hall, Room 212A

12:05 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch and Wrap-up with Dr. Patton Davis
Location, Bayh College of Education Atrium