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2020 Symposium - Community Engagement Conversations (Virtual)

PART 1: Community Engagement Conversations: Pursuing Racial Justice and Equity through Community Engagement

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Presenters Meralis Hood, Comm ’01, Market President, City Year; Antonina Olszewski, Director of Spiritual Care Services, Ascension Wisconsin; Dr. William Welburn, Vice President for Inclusive Excellence, Marquette University. Moderated by Sheena Carey, Jour ’81, Grad ’83, College of Communication, Marquette University

We are excited to announce a series of Community Engagement Conversations focusing on issues of racial equity, the social determinants of health, and COVID-19. These critical issues panels will include leaders from various sectors among our community and will take place in the fall and spring semesters. Join panelists as they consider the various settings within which they work and the approaches they have taken to advance racial justice and equity through their efforts in community engagement. Whether identifying and changing institutional, or industry policies and procedures, or leveraging more intentional and strategic initiatives to elevate opportunities through partnership, participants will discuss the critical role that racial justice and equity must play in current and future efforts in community engagement.

PART 2: Community Engagement Conversations Part 2: Pursuing Justice in Public Health and Equity through Community Engagement

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Presented by Agnes Berzsenyi, President and CEO, Women's Health & X-Ray, GE Healthcare; Daniel Guzman King, Council Member for the Oneida Nation; Mary Jessen, Director of Community Benefit, Ascension Wisconsin;
Moderated by Dr. Dora Clayton-Jones, Ph.D., R.N., C.P.N.P.-P.C., Grad ’99, Grad ’14, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Marquette University

Join us for the second of two Community Engagement Conversations hosted by the Office of Economic Engagement focusing on issues of racial equity, the social determinants of health, and COVID-19.

Prior to the panel discussion, the program will begin with opening remarks by Reggie Newson, Vice President and Chief Advocacy Officer, Ascension Wisconsin, and Peggy Troy, Nurs ’74, President and Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Wisconsin, member of the Marquette University Board of Trustees. Dr. Kimo Ah Yun, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs will present the Community Engaged Award winners and Rev. James Voiss, S.J., Vice President, Mission and Ministry will provide an Ignatian Examen.

Our panelists will consider the broad and significant impacts the pandemic has created and exposed across various sectors. Learn about the approaches their organizations are taking to respond to the public health crisis while advancing equity and justice through their community engagement efforts. Whether addressing public health policies and procedures or leveraging more intentional and strategic programs to elevate opportunities through partnership, panelists will discuss the critical role that community engagement must play in current and future efforts to advance justice in public health and equity.

2019 Symposium


Grady L. Crosby

Grady L. Crosby

Vice President Public Affairs, Chief Diversity Officer and President, Johnson Controls Foundation

Grady L. Crosby is a Corporate Officer of Johnson Controls and is responsible for leading Johnson Controls’ global diversity and inclusion strategy, sustainability thought leadership, LATAM government relations strategies, and its philanthropic endeavors, in order to enhance enterprise business objectives and maintain the company’s commitment to social responsibility, community involvement and the environment. In this role, Crosby continues to drive Johnson Controls’ commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce as well as partnering with a diverse vendor/supplier base aligned with company values. In addition, Crosby also leads the Johnson Controls enterprise sponsorship capability.

Crosby joined Johnson Controls in 2011 as vice president and global general counsel for the Power Solutions business. In that position he supervised all legal operations associated with that business, and served as a member of the company’s senior legal leadership team providing support to the Johnson Controls General Counsel.

Previously, Crosby held positions with Hanesbrands, Inc., National Textiles and Sara Lee Corporation.


Annie McGinnity Kubes

Executive Director, McGinnity Family Foundation

Annie McGinnity Kubes is a native of Milwaukee, graduate of UW-Milwaukee, and spent the first 15 years of her career in MPS where most recently she served as the Coordinator of City-Wide Programs for the Recreation Department. Prior to her work in Recreation, Annie was an MPS Teacher.

Annie was recently named the first executive director of the McGinnity Family Foundation which works to elevate the voice of young people by funding their game changing, socially innovative ideas for addressing community-based challenges. Her role with the Foundation combines her passion for youth leadership development with her interest in using philanthropy as a vehicle for creating sustainable positive change in communities.

Annie was given a voice as a young person while serving as a member of Youth Advisory Councils at both the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and the Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee. She credits these formative experiences with her first exposure to both the giving and receiving sides of philanthropy, building a solid foundation of leadership capabilities and fueling her passion for empowering young people to lift their voices. Annie lives in Milwaukee with her husband and two sons.


Naya Jones

Postdoctoral Fellow, Medical College of Wisconsin

Naya Jones, PhD is a geographer, holistic practitioner, and healing arts strategist. Her engaged research with community partners uses arts-based and body-centered methods for social change. Her current partnerships focus on food sovereignty, cultural healing ways, and wealth-building with communities of color. Naya is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Medical College of Wisconsin and a national Culture of Health Leader, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Learn more about her work and partners at www.nayajones.com.


Janan Najeeb

President, Milwaukee Muslim Women's Coalition

An educator, social justice advocate and community builder, Ms. Najeeb is able to mobilize diverse communities to counter hatred and bigotry and find common ground. A scientist by profession, Ms. Najeeb left her career to work tirelessly for a just and equitable society.

Ms. Najeeb engages thousands of people every year. She runs the Islamic Resource Center, which hosts Wisconsin's first Islamic public lending library and cultural center. She is founder of the Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival and publisher of the Wisconsin Muslim Journal. She is the first Muslim to open the floor of the Wisconsin State Legislature with a prayer. Ms. Najeeb lives by the motto, if you are not actively part of the solution, then you are part of the problem!


Shauntay Nelson

Wisconsin State Director - All Voting is Local 
The Leadership Conference Education Fund

Shauntay Nelson brings a deep background in policy and government and years of effective networking skills, facilitation, public policy, organizing, and strategic planning. She is a registered lobbyist and her successes include lobbying for the expansion of early voting locations in the city of Milwaukee (leading up to the 2018 election), influencing legislation introduction around automatic voter registration, redistricting, and voting rights, and influencing the outcome of Executive Orders from the Governor’s office. Shauntay is one of the primary contacts for nonpartisan issue advocacy in the state of WI; working with the Evers Administration and the State Legislature to draft, submit, and introduce policy for the state.


Tracey Sparrow, Ed.D.

President, Next Door Foundation

Dr. Tracey Sparrow joined Next Door in 2015. She previously served as Vice President for Children’s Programs at the Milwaukee Center for Independence and as President of the Milwaukee Academy of Science. Next Door works in the Direct Service pathway: We are addressing the immediate needs of low income children and families in Milwaukee through early childhood education and family support services.


2018 Symposium

Dr. Howard Fuller, 2018 Symposium Keynote Speaker

Dr. Howard Fuller

Distinguished Professor of Education, Marquette University

Founder/Director, Institute for the Transformation of Learning

Howard Fuller’s career includes many years in both public service positions and the field of education. Dr. Fuller is a Distinguished Professor of Education, and Founder/Director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The mission of the Institute is to support exemplary education options that transform learning for children, while empowering families, particularly low-income families, to choose the best options for their children.

Immediately before his appointment at Marquette University, Dr. Fuller served as the Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools June 1991 - June 1995. Dr. Fuller became nationally known for his unending support for fundamental educational reform.

His prior positions included: Director of the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services 1988 -1991; Dean of General Education at the Milwaukee Area Technical College 1986 - 1988; Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Employment Relations 1983 - 1986; and Associate Director of the Educational Opportunity Program at Marquette University 1979 - 1983. He was also A Senior Fellow with the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University 1995 - 1997.

Dr. Fuller received his B.S. degree in Sociology from Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin, in 1962; M.S.A. degree in Social Administration from Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1964, and his Ph.D. in Sociological Foundations of Education from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1986.

He has received numerous awards and recognition over the years, including four Honorary Doctorate Degrees: Doctorate of Humane Letters from Carroll College in 1987; Doctorate of Laws from Marian College, Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin in 1992; Doctorate of Business and Economics from Milwaukee School of Engineering in 1995. Doctorate of Humane Letters from Edgewood College, Edgewood College, Madison WI. He is also a member of the Charter School Hall of Fame of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

He serves on the Board of Milwaukee Collegiate Academy, Milwaukee Region Board of Teach for America, FaithActs, Milwaukee Charter School Advocates, The Black Teacher Collaborative and Education Cities. He is an Advisory Board member of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

His memoir, No Struggle No Progress was published in 2014.

2017 Symposium


Dr. Timothy K. Eatman, 2017 Symposium Keynote Speaker

Dr. Timothy K. Eatman

Social Scientist, Educator – Publicly Engaged Scholar

Timothy K. Eatman, Ph.D. is the inaugural dean of the Honors Living Learning Community (HLLC) and professor of urban education at Rutgers University Newark. He also serves as Faculty Co-Director of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life (IA). A national consortium of over 100 higher education institutions and community based partners working at the nexus of the cultural disciplines (humanities, arts and design) and community engagement, IA founded and initially headquartered at the University of Michigan and now at Syracuse University has been Tim’s primary network of operation and leadership for over a decade.

An educational sociologist who earned the 2010 Early Career Research Award from the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) Tim was elected to its board of directors in 2016. He is a widely sought after speaker, workshop facilitator, and collaborator who has earned local, national and international recognition for his leadership in advancing our understanding of the multi-faceted impact of publicly engaged scholarship in the university of the 21st century.

Tim has published in such venues as the Journal of Educational Finance and Readings on Equal Education, Diversity and Democracy, The Huffington Post, and has written several other book chapters and reports including the widely cited Scholarship in Public: Knowledge Creation and Tenure Policy in the Engaged University, a seminal IA research report on faculty rewards and publicly engaged scholarship. This work extends to a study of the aspirations and decisions of graduate students and early career scholars. He is co-editor of The Cambridge Handbook of Service Learning and Community Engagement. The core of Dr. Tim’s research takes up questions of equity in higher education and the larger society. Most recently he has been appointed to the design team for Truth Racial Healing & Transformation, a W.K. Kellogg Foundation multiyear Initiative.

Navigating a range of conversations and collaborations critical to the amelioration of higher education, Tim strategically focuses his energy to participate in important efforts like The Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) Summer Institute on High Impact Practices which he has served as a faculty member for since its inception in 2011. He sits on the editorial board of University of Michigan Press - The New Public Scholarship book series, Urban Education, Diversity, and Democracy and reviews for several scholarly journals and publications. Tim is a member of the Advisory Panel for the Carnegie Engagement Classification for Community Engagement.

Tim received his Ph.D. in educational policy studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a master’s degree in college student development at Howard University, and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood development at Pace University. For more information about Dr. Eatman please see his webpages at http://timothykeatman.com.