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2021 Keynote Speaker 

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Dr. Shea Kidd Houze

Shea Kidd Houze

Originally from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Shea Kidd Houze earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master of Education in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia, and a Ph.D. in Educational Research from the University of Memphis where her scholarship focused on racial identity development in African American college students.

For nearly fifteen years, Kidd Houze has enjoyed a career in college administration at a number of institutions of higher education in the southeastern region. She currently serves as associate vice chancellor for student life and dean of students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and provides oversight to eight departments within the Division of Student Life.

Kidd Houze serves as on the College Student Personnel faculty at UTK, is a life member of the Southern Miss Alumni Association, serves on the NODA Board of Directors, the Knoxville YMCA Board of Directors, and is a co-lead facilitator for The LeaderShape Institute.

In addition to her professional roles, she is a partner to Ryan and mom to Jack Wilson (who is known on campus as “the junior dean”).


JANUARY 28-29, 2021

Thursday, January 28th  Friday, January 29th 
Welcome, Overview, Announcements | 9:30AM Welcome, Overview, Announcements | 9:30AM
CC BLOCK 1 | 10:00-11:00 AM CC BLOCK 4 | 10:00-11:00 AM
Systems of Oppression: Religious, Secular, & Spiritual Marginalization in Higher Education Black and Latin* Leadership Education: Cultural Empowerment in the Classroom
Self-Care during Crisis: Setting Boundaries  in Higher Education Hearing Campus Jews: Addressing Antisemitism as part of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Work
CC BLOCK 2 | 11:15-12:15 PM   CC BLOCK 5 | 11:15-12:15 PM 
We're All Fighting: Experiences of Black Women HBCU Graduates Enrolled in HWI Doctoral Programs Lessons from the Laboratory: Higher Education and Student Affairs Graduate Program Faculty and the future of the field
UNPACKING Experiences of International Students!  Shifting the Mindset: Socially Just Leadership Education
Break for Lunch  Break for Lunch 
Afternoon Anouncements, 1:30PM Afternoon Announcements, Awards, 1:30PM
CC BLOCK 3 | 1:45-2:45 PM CC BLOCK 6 | 1:45-2:45 PM
Where are our Values? Where is Social Justice? In the Trenches: Black Men in the Academy Navigating Racialized Encounters (Dissertation of the Year)
 Finding a Rhythm between Thinking and Doing: Learning How to Reflect Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities in the Professional Associations
KEYNOTE ADDRESS | 3:00PM Closing Reflection Session | 3:00PM
Dr. Shea Kidd Houze Making Time for Making Meaning: Holding Space for Reflection
Grad Chat | 4:15 Closing Remarks & Announcements
Dr. Shea Kidd Houze, higher ed grads, faculty


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