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Equity Sessions Leader: Dr. Ryan Ross, Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Equity, and Inclusion at the Colorado Community College System

An educator, speaker, and actualization coach, Dr. Ross is committed to access, equity, and the development of leaders. After fourteen years of educational work, Ross transitioned from executive leadership at the Community College of Denver to become Regional Manager for Mobilization for the American Petroleum Institute. There, he is focused on STEM awareness in students and building workforce opportunities in the energy industry for women, minorities, and veterans.

Panel Leader: Dr. Ryan Ross, Assoc. Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, Equity, & Inclusion, Colorado Community College System. Panelists: Dr. Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO, American Indian College Fund; Jameson D. Lopez, Asst. Professor, Educational Policy Studies and Practice, University of Arizona; Jasmine Neosh, Undergraduate Researcher, College of the Menominee Nation, Sustainable Development Institute

Panel Leader: Dr. Ryan Ross, Assoc. Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, Equity, & Inclusion, Colorado Community College System. Panelists: Omar Montgomery, Director of Equity, Culture, and Community Engagement, Cherry Creek School District; Regan Byrd, Founder and Principal Consultant, Regan Byrd Consulting LLC; Dr. Dedrick Sims, CEO, Sims-Fayola Foundation

Panel Leader: Dr. Ryan Ross, Assoc. Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, Equity, & Inclusion, Colorado Community College System. Panelists: Lesley Owens Pelton, MSEd, CAS, JD, Director of the Office of Disability Services at Susquehanna University;  Catherine Carlson, Director of the Office of Accessibility Services, Adjunct Instructor and EIT Accessibility Officer at Columbia-Greene Community College; Emily Perry, Access, Access and Equity Services Professional, Colorado Community College System

Panel Leader: Dr. Ryan Ross, Assoc. Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, Equity, & Inclusion, Colorado Community College System. Panelists: Christina Cecil, Chief Human Resources Officer, Colorado Community College System; Cheng Yu Hou, Chief Human Resources Officer, San Mateo County Community College District; Bill Dial, Chief Human Resources Officer, College of Southern Nevada; Kyra Welch, First Gen Student, Bethune-Cookman University

Panel Leader: Dr. Ryan Ross, Assoc. Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, Equity, & Inclusion, Colorado Community College System. Panelists: Kimberly Grayson, Principal, Denver Public Schools; Dr. Cynthia K. Gooch-Grayson, Assoc. VP for Equity and Diversity, Metropolitan Community College; Troy Abfalter, Director of TRIO McNair Scholars, The College of St. Scholastica; Dr. Lisa Matye-Edwards, VP of Student Affairs, Arapahoe Community College

Panel Leader: Dr. Ryan Ross, Assoc. Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, Equity, & Inclusion, Colorado Community College System. Panelists: Dr. Irma Becerra, President, Marymount University; Dr. Mirta M. Martin, President, Fairmont State University; Dr. Betsy Oudenhoven, President, Community College of Aurora; Dr. Shirley M. Collado, President, Ithaca College

Panel Leader: Dr. Ryan Ross, Assoc. Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, Equity, & Inclusion, Colorado Community College System. Panelists: Jenelle Nangah, Dahni Austin, Alana Mitchell, Kaliah Yizar (student activists from Martin Luther Junior Early College in Denver)

Panel Leader: Dr. Ryan Ross, Assoc. Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, Equity, & Inclusion, Colorado Community College System. Panelists: Dr. Eric Lee, Manager of Business Operations, TEKsystems; Dr. Jamillah Moore, President, Cañada College, Mia Keeys, Director, Health Equity, American Medical Association; Jeffrey Kass; Equity Trainer, Author and Lawyer, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP

Panel Leader: Dr. Ryan Ross, Assoc. Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, Equity, & Inclusion, Colorado Community College System. Panelists: Dr. Clinton Purtell, Professor, Department of Management, University of North Texas at Frisco; Dr. Michael Clement, Department Chair, Accounting University of Texas, Austin; Dr. Aaron Cortes, Minor Director of STEM Initiatives, Northeastern Illinois University; Leanne D. Wheeler, Principal, Wheeler Advisory Group; Dr. Joseph Gladstone, Business Management Professor, University of New Haven

Panel Leader: Dr. Ryan Ross, Assoc. Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, Equity, & Inclusion Colorado Community College System. Panelists: Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston, President, Norfolk State University; Dr. E. LaBrent Chrite, President, Bethune-Cookman University; Dr. Annette Parker, President, South Central College, Minnesota State; Dr. Miles Davis, President, Linfield University; Dr. Michael Torrence, President, Motlow State College

Panel Leader: Dr. Ryan Ross, Assoc. Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, Equity, & Inclusion Colorado Community College System. Panelists: Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston, President, Norfolk State University; Dr. E. LaBrent Chrite, President, Bethune-Cookman University; Dr. Annette Parker, President, South Central College, Minnesota State; Dr. Miles Davis, President, Linfield University; Dr. Michael Torrence, President, Motlow State College

Panel Leader: Dr. Ryan Ross, Assoc. Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, Equity, & Inclusion Colorado Community College System. Panelists: Clifton Taulbert, President & CEO, Freemount Corporation and Roots Java Coffee; Javon Brame, Dean of Students, Arapahoe Community College; Chelsea Williams, Founder & CEO, College Code LLC; Representative Leslie Herod, Legislator, Colorado General Assembly