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Welcome to Detroit Urban Summit III, presented by Wayne County Community College District and WCCCD’s Institute for Social Progress. This conference, the third in a series of national summits presented by WCCCD and ISP focuses on key issues that affect urban America, U.S. politics and policy, and education; as well as real-world programs that can positively affect student outcomes.

We are proud to welcome nationally recognized policymakers, scholars, authors, and leaders from around the country to the stage across a variety of disciplines including education, law, sociology, politics, and related fields.

We hope you enjoy the program!


Dr. Curtis L. Ivery
WCCCD Chancellor


7:30 -8:30 a.m.

Registration and Networking

A continental breakfast will be served.

The program will begin at 8:30 a.m.

9:00 – 10:40 a.m.

Multiracial Democracy and New Geographies of American Identity

Guest Moderator: Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony, Senior Pastor, Fellowship Chapel; President, Detroit Branch, NAACP

Josh Bassett, Senior Fellow, WCCCD Institute for Social Progress

Tanya House, Fmr. Deputy Asst. Sec. of Ed. for P-12 Education, Pres. Obama

R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy, Associate Professor of Sociology and Black Studies at the City College of New York

Rubén Martinez, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Julian Samora Research Institute, Michigan State University

Bankole Thompson, Columnist, The Detroit News

10:50 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Re-Imagining Integration in Education, Policy, and Language

Guest Moderator: Irving Pressley McPhail, Founder and Principal, The McPhail Group, LLC.

Elizabeth Anderson, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies, University of Michigan

Erica Frankenberg, Associate professor of education and demography in the                                                           College of Education, Pennsylvania State University

Andrew Grant Thomas, Co-Founder, Embrace Race

Michael Hilton, Policy Analyst, Poverty and Race Research Action Council

Natalie Moore, Reporter, WBEZ Chicago, Author

Lee Teitel, Lecturer on Education, Faculty Director, Reimagining Integration: The Diverse and Equitable Schools Project, Harvard University, Graduate School of Education.


12:50 – 1:50 p.m.

Keynotes Panel

Guest Moderator: Dr. Curtis L. Ivery, Chancellor, WCCCD

Wil Del Pilar, Vice President of Higher Education Policy and Practice, The Education Trust.

Leonard Pitts, nationally syndicated, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, educator, radio producer, and lecturer

john powell, Director, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California, Berkeley

Maya Wiley, Senior Vice President for Social Justice; Henry Cohen Professor of Urban Policy and Management, New School’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management & Urban Policy

Randall Robinson, Founder of TransAfrica, Author

2:00 - 3:40p.m.

Towards New Frameworks of Housing, Civic Engagement, and Social Equity

Ilya Benjamin Washington, Creative Director and Operations Manager, #WeAreWelcomeHere

Rob Breymaier, Executive Director, Oak Park Regional Housing Center

Godfrey Dillard, Renowned Civil Rights Attorney and Author

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.

Thomas Pedroni, Associate Professor, Curriculum Studies and Policy Sociology - Wayne State University

Verdis Robinson, National Director, The Democracy Commitment

3:50 – 5:20 p.m.

Re-Theorizing Institutional Collaborations: An Educational and Policy Outline

Guest Moderator: Christine McPhail, Managing Principal, McPhail Group, LLC.

Nabih H. Ayad, Civil Rights Att., Ayad Law, P.L.L.C.

Kimberly Beatty, Chancellor, Metropolitan Community College

Michael Hansen, President, Michigan Community College Association (MCCA)

Gunder Myran, Community College Education Leader and Author

Frederiek Toney, President, Global Ford Customer Service Division; VP, Ford Motor Co.

Nikolai Vitti, Superintendent, Detroit Public Schools Community District




5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Post-Conference Reception and Book Signing