Symposium Proceedings 2020

Friday, October 2, 2020

1:00 pm- 4:30 pm


Opening Remarks

1:10 pm-2:00 pm

Keynote Presentation

Topic: Rights and Wrongs: Understanding American Racism and Black Resistance. 
Kellie Carter Jackson, Knafel Assistant Professor of Humanities; Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, Historian, Author, Educator,Speaker @ 

2:00 pm-2:15 pm


2:15 pm-3:15 pm

Strategic Communications, Spin Doctors, and Street Cred

Description: When disaster strikes or an organization faces a major crisis, most agree it's helpful to have consistent organizational messaging and some guidance on how to use it. But what about managing the day-to-day business? What's the line between a common set of facts and a propaganda playbook? Who's responsible for sharing information  in an organization and how should it be done? Join us for a discussion of best practices, stories from the school of hard knocks, and Q&A.

  • Megan Hayes, Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Communications Office, Appalachian State University
  • Janice Pope, Interim Dean, College of Fine and Applied Arts, Appalachian State University
  • Heather Norris, Interim Provost, Appalachian State University

3:15 pm-3:45 pm

Remarks from Dean Melba Spooner

3:45 pm-4:30 pm

Virtual Social Hour

Saturday Schedule

12:00 pm - 2:30 pm 

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Welcome Day Two

Equity and Gender Issues in Educational Leadership (Panel) 

The goal of this panel discussion is to provide participants with access to experts who have worked with equity and gender issues as they relate to educational leadership. Participants will learn how to address the imbalance in the numbers of women, people of color, and underrepresented groups in the highest positions of educational administration. Further, the panel will provide strategies for administrative policies and practices that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

1:00 pm - 1:15 pm


1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Institutional Approaches to Equity

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Closing Remarks