Register Today for the 2018 Women of Color in the Academy Conference!

8:30am-6:30pm on April 27th, 2018

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2017 Women of Color in the Academy Conference

The Women of Color in the Academy Conference: Strategies for Career Advancement – The Time is Now Conference offers faculty women of color at all ranks in the academy and their allies the opportunity to learn and share specific strategies for career advancement. The overall conference’s goal is to support the timely career progression of faculty, post-doctoral scholars and graduate students. Attendees will have the opportunity to develop individualized action-plans and actively engage with a visible and viable professional network of women of color in the academy throughout the Greater Boston region.

This event is convened by: Dr. Barbara Guthrie, Professor, School of Nursing & Dr. Nicole N. Aljoe, Associate Professor, English & African American Studies. For any questions, email

This event is dedicated to life, work and legacy of Professor Hope Lewis.

Featuring Keynote Addresses by:

Dr. Evelynn Hammonds

Professor Hammonds has held numerous faculty and leadership positions throughout her tenure, most recently as the Director of the Program in Race and Gender in Science & Medicine at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, and the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and Professor of African and African American Studies. Her work focuses on the intersection of scientific, medical, and socio-political concepts of race in the United States.  Dr. Hammonds earned a Ph.D. in the Department of History of Science from Harvard University, an S.M. in Physics from MIT, a B.E.E. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Physics from Spelman College.

Dr. Zulma Toro

Dr. Zulma R. Toro is the incoming President of Central Connecticut State University, the oldest publicly supported institution of higher education in Connecticut. She is the first female and first Hispanic president in CCSU’s history.

Dr. Toro has long been an avid scholar and a champion of making higher education more diverse and more inclusive. Her publications have testified eloquently about the national imperative of preparing women for careers in engineering and STEM, and she has spoken passionately about the challenges and opportunities for women of color in realizing their full potential and breaking all manner of “glass ceilings.”

Dr. Toro earned a PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master’s degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan, and an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from the University of Puerto Rico. She has served as, most recently, the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. Prior to that, she was the Dean of the College of Engineering at Wichita State University, Kansas; the Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of New Haven, Connecticut; and the Chancellor of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez.

Dr. Lisa Lowe

Lisa Lowe is Distinguished Professor of English and Humanities, a faculty member of the Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism and Diaspora, and Director of the Center for the Humanities at Tufts University. Before joining Tufts, she taught for several decades at the University of California, San Diego.  She began as a scholar of comparative literature, and she is the author of books on the cultures of colonialism, migration, and globalization, including Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics (Duke UP, 1996).  Her most recent book, The Intimacies of Four Continents (Duke UP, 2015), is a study of settler colonialism, transatlantic slavery, and the East Indies and China trades as the conditions for modern European liberalism and empire.

Northeastern University Conference Planning Committee:


Barbara Guthrie, Professor, School of Nursing & Director of PhD Program & Nicole N. Aljoe, Associate Professor, Department of English & African American Studies



Sheila Winborne, Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Philosophy & Religion

Ellen Cushman, Dean’s Professor of Civic Sustainability; Associate Dean, Academic Affairs/Diversity & Inclusion

Marisa Luse, Campus Engagement Coordinator, Northeastern Crossing

Hermine Poghosyan, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Valeria Ramdin, Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Nursing

Kathrin Zippel, Associate Professor of Sociology

Melissa Pearson, Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of English

Vanessa Johnson, Associate Professor & Director of College Student Development and Counseling, Department of Applied Psychology

Siobon T. Barrett, PhD Student, School of Nursing

Jan Rinehart, Executive Director, ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development

Robin Chandler, Associate Professor, Department of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies

Kathleen Kenney, Assistant Director, ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development

Dana Renee Horton, PhD Candidate, Department of English

Jamie Bergeron, Manager, Institutional Diversity & Inclusion

John Armendariz, Vice Provost, Institutional Diversity & Inclusion

Carmen Sceppa, Professor & Chair, Department of Health Sciences


This event was supported by the the following Northeastern University sponsors:

ADVANCE Office of Faculty Development

Bouve College of Health Sciences

College of Arts, Media and Design

College of Computer and Information Sciences

College of Engineering

College of Science

College of Professional Studies

College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice

Northeastern University School of Law

Northeastern Crossing

School of Nursing

Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


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