May 24, 2018 - Old Dominion University

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2018 Virginia Network Annual State

Dr. Belinda C. Anderson, Norfolk State University - Panel Moderator 


Dr. Pareena Lawrence - President, Hollins College 
Dr. Phyllis Worthy Dawkins - President, Bennett College
Dr. Zulma Toro - President, Central Connecticut State University
Dr. Deitra Trent - Virginia Secretary of Education under Governor Terry McAuliffe
Dr. Pamela Senegal, President, Piedmont Community College

Presidents' Panel

Luncheon Speaker

My Leadership Journey and Challenges: “When we do not actively include, we actively exclude.” – L. Talusan​

Participants will be challenged and inspired to sharpen their awareness skills.  You will leave this event energized and eager to share innovative diversity and inclusion strategies that will help you plan, embrace change, and create an alignment with your authentic self and where you want to go as a leader.


Dr. Terricita Sass - Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT

Mrs. Daniela Cigularova - Director for Transfer Initiatives, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

Closing Session

  • Creative collaborations for inclusive institutions
  • Empowerment through mentorship
  • Linked voices: community and college partnerships
  • Workforce recruitment and hiring/diversity advocates
  • Breaking the concrete ceiling in academia
  • Advocating for LGBTQ inclusion
  • Emotional labor in diversity and inclusion advocacy
  • Embracing authentic selves among tenure-track black faculty
  • Emotionally intelligent leadership and personal identities
  • Passing the mantle to the next generation
  • Disparity of women of color in higher education
  • Exploring the realities of being a black woman in higher education
  • Navigating LaLa Land-managing expectations of your identity
  • Shifting our diversity framework

This year's luncheon speaker is Dr. Stephanie G. Adams, Dean of the College of Engineering & Technology at Old Dominion University.

2018 Virginia Network Annual State Conference Breakout Sessions

Concurrent sessions will focus on the following themes:

The Power of Women: Advocating for Diversity and Inclusion

6th Women of Color Conference