Centenary to host panel discussion with education leaders

SHREVEPORT, LA – Centenary’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the College’s Diversity Committee are presenting “Navigating Academic Spaces: A BIPOC Leader Perspective,” a panel discussion and Q&A, on Wednesday, November 16 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event will be held in the Whited Room in Bynum Commons on the Centenary campus, and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the discussion and Q&A.

The panel discussion will also be accessible via Zoom at centenary.edu/BIPOCedu.

Panelists include Robert Blue, vice president for finance and administration and CFO for Centenary College; Dr. Kenna Morgan Franklin, assistant provost for diversity, inclusion, and community engagement at Louisiana State University-Shreveport; Patrick Jenkins, superintendent of the St. Landry Parish school board; Dr. Latoya Pierce, dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion and chief diversity officer at Centenary College; and Adarian Williams, deputy chief of staff in the office of the president at Grambling State University. More information on the panelists is available at centenary.edu/BIPOCedu.

The panelists will discuss the triumphs, challenges, nuances, and complexities of serving as BIPOC leaders in K-12 and higher education institutions, and will answer questions from the audience during a Q&A session following the panel discussion.

“I am thrilled that we are hosting this important event,” said Dr. Latoya Pierce. “The caliber of experience and expertise of the panelists will offer unique perspectives and a focused lens on BIPOC leadership in academia.  I think this discussion will be beneficial to the entire campus community.”


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