Wayne County Community College District’s Institute for Social Progress Presents


A National Conference on Integration, Civic Engagement, and Educational Equity in the Future of American Democracy


Date & Location

Friday, June 29, 2018 | 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

MGM Grand Detroit 1777 3rd Ave. Detroit, MI 48226

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summit III

This is the third in a series of national summits presented by Wayne County Community College District Chancellor Dr. Curtis L. Ivery, and WCCCD’s Institute for Social Progress focusing on enduring issues that disproportionately affect urban America, and related U.S. politics and policy around education.

Following these past efforts that addressed areas of economic inequality, mass incarceration, illiteracy, and significant related issues, this summit extends the scope of that work to consider critical areas of integration, civic engagement, and educational equity in advancing the project of American Democracy.



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featured Speakers


john a. powell

Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and Professor of Law and Professor of African American Studies and Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley.

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Maria Krysan

Professor and Head in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois – Chicago, and professor in the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at UIC.


Dr. Walter G. Bumphus

President and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges, is also a former college Chancellor and university professor of educational administration, and a nationally known education leadership educator.

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Leonard Pitts, Jr.

A nationally renowned, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, educator, radio producer, and lecturer.


Wil Del Pilar

Vice President of Higher Education Policy and Practice, The Education Trust, representing John King, 10th U.S. Secretary of Education, President and CEO, The Education Trust


Christine McPhail

Managing Principal for the McPhail Group LLC and Emerita Professor and Founder of the Community College Leadership Doctoral Program at Morgan State University.

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Registration will open at 7:30 a.m. with continental breakfast and networking to follow. Panel discussions and speaker sessions will begin at 9 a.m. Lunch will be included.