AOCC 2019 KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
DR. NANCY B. Gutiérrez
Dr. Nancy B. Gutiérrez was named the President & CEO of the NYC Leadership Academy in October 2018. Prior to becoming CEO, Nancy served as the organization’s Chief Strategy Officer, helping to oversee the non-profit organization’s shift from focusing on growing principals in New York City to its current mission of developing equity-minded school, district, and state education leaders across the nation.
Nancy is a graduate of the inaugural cohort of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed. L.D.) program. During her tenure there, she served as a Teaching Fellow for Harvard’s School Leadership Program, a mentor for Harvard’s Latino Leadership Initiative, and the 2011 tri-chair for Harvard’s Alumni of Color Conference. In the third year of her doctoral studies, she launched a program for executive leadership advancement in the New York City Department of Education as a pathway to superintendent certification.
Nancy served on the national board of the Coalition of Essential Schools for more than a decade and is a frequent speaker and instructor for the Harvard Principals’ Center institutes for School Turnaround Leaders, Urban School Leaders, and Race, Equity, Access, and Leadership. Nancy is on the Latinos for Education (L4E) teaching team and serves as adjunct faculty for NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Nancy is a graduate of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) Aspiring Superintendents Academy and a member of Education Leaders of Color (EdLoC). Having been mentored by some of the leading women of color in education, Nancy is committed to giving back, and has mentored women, particularly women of color, across the country.
Mr. Brandon P. Fleming
An award-winning educator and social entrepreneur, Brandon P. Fleming is Assistant Debate Coach at Harvard University and Founder of the Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project – an Atlanta-based pipeline program that recruits, trains, and feeds Atlanta minority youth into a prestigious summer residential program at Harvard College. Fleming leads an executive board that has raised over $100,000 to enroll 25 students of color into Harvard’s summer program on full scholarship. The organization made history in its inaugural year after Fleming' s students dominated hundreds of young scholars from around the world at the Harvard Debate Council' s summer residency and competition. News of the unprecedented achievement instantly went viral and broke national headlines, being featured on CNN' s Headline News, Huffington Post, Ebony Magazine, The Root, Blavity, Black Enterprise, and many more.
Brandon has received numerous awards for his work in education and social entrepreneurship. The Georgia Center for Nonprofits selected Brandon as a 2016 recipient of the Georgia '30 Under 30' award for emerging nonprofit leaders. In 2017, Brandon was inducted into Outstanding Atlanta – an annual award for 10 of Atlanta’s most accomplished leaders. In 2018, Brandon was inducted into LEAD Atlanta -Atlanta's premier network of emerging leaders. In 2018, he was also honored by Power 30 Under 30 and selected by the Atlanta Regional Commission as one of 50 community leaders to join the Regional Leadership Institute. Also in 2018, Brandon was among the 50 world leaders selected by the Schusterman Foundation to converge in Israel for a global leadership program. To learn more about Mr. Fleming, visit his website at https://www.bpfleming.com.
MR. Ali Nomani
Originally from Lahore, Pakistan, Ali Nomani immigrated to Houston, TX with his father and brothers shortly after 9/11. While he bounced around between community colleges, his younger brother struggled at one of Texas’ most notorious high schools. Unable to fully navigate this very different and challenging life without any guidance or mentors, he and his brother both dropped out of school. It would be ten more years before he could muster the resolve to complete his undergrad degree.
Since then, and in the hopes of interrupting the experience so many children of color have with the US education system, Ali has worked at eight schools, both in the U.S. and overseas. These include independent, international, district, and charter schools, four of which were substantially separate, catering to students with specific learning and behavior disabilities.
After completing his Master’s in School Leadership from Harvard, Ali joined the Community Charter School of Cambridge as the High School Principal. Here, he works alongside one of the most competent and accomplished faculties and leadership in the country, 50% and 57% of who respectively, are educators of color. Together, they have the privilege of serving a predominantly immigrant student body whose families hail from over twenty countries, and 100% of these mostly first-generation students are annually admitted to four-year colleges. In his fourth and final year in the role, Ali is also part of Boston College’s Lynch Leadership Academy which prepares the best teacher leaders in the greater Boston Area to become the future leaders fighting for equity in education.
Dr. Josephine Kim
Josephine Kim has a dual faculty appointment in Prevention Science and Practice/CAS in Counseling programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and in the Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She is also on faculty at the Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a National Certified Counselor whose clinical skills and experiences span many contexts including residential facilities, community agencies, and public and private schools. She has worked with multicultural populations through individual, group, and family counseling and has taught students of all ages in varied educational contexts, including private and public language schools and private and public colleges and universities.
Kim has provided professional consultation and expertise on multicultural, mental health, career development, and educational issues to various media sources in Asia and in the U.S. She is USA Today's collegiate case study expert on school violence and has been featured in EBS (Educational Broadcast System) and KBS (Korea Broadcast System) programs in Korea related to developmental and mental health issues of youths. Kim is the keynote speaker at 70-100 parent, teacher, counselor, and youth conferences yearly in Asia and in the U.S. She has been called upon during national crises, deployed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the federal government to work with Katrina victims during the summer of 2006 and Virginia Tech in the spring of 2007, directly following the campus violence. She is also the founding executive director of a nonprofit organization that aims to educate Asian Americans on issues of spirituality, cultural and racial identity, intergenerational conflicts, cross-cultural advocacy, mental health, and career development issues.
She is a former resident fellow in the Administrative Fellowship Program at the Office of the Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity and Equity at Harvard University and is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
dr. roberto velasquez
Roberto Velasquez, Ph.D. obtained his master's in the counseling and consulting psychology program in 1980 from HGSE. He then obtained his doctorate in counseling psychology at Arizona State University and is currently completing a master's degree in criminal justice at New Mexico State University. He retired from San Diego State University after teaching there for 21 years in counseling and psychology. He has published over 70 articles and book chapters focusing on many issues related to Chicanos/as, people of color, and immigrants and refugees.
His primary work has focused on the misapplication of psychological tests such as the MMPI/MMPI-2/MMPI-2RF with English- and Spanish-speaking Latinos/as, especially in psychiatric and employment settings. He is the editor of the "Handbook of Chicana and Chicano Psychology and Mental Health" (2004; Taylor & Francis) which is currently under revision. He has presented over 100 papers at professional conferences and has mentored many students of color into master's and doctoral programs in counseling and clinical psychology, public health, social work, rehabilitation counseling, education, and Chicano/a studies.
He is very proud of his two children who have also completed bachelor's degrees in psychology, and are now in graduate school. His current research and political interests focus on the mass incarceration of people of color, the traumatic impact of parental incarceration and deportation on children, loss of ethnic identity, self-hatred, and powerlessness due to internal colonization, and challenges and barriers in the re-entry of men and women released from incarceration.
Dr. Sharmila Sen
Dr. Sharmila Sen is the author of the award-winning Not Quite Not White (Penguin) and is Executive Editor-at-Large at Harvard University Press. Born in India, she was educated in Calcutta and in the public schools of Cambridge, MA. She received her B.A. from Harvard and her Ph.D. from Yale, and was a faculty member in the Harvard English department until 2006 before her appointment at the Press.
dr. Daren graves
Dr. Daren Graves is currently an Associate Professor of Education at Simmons University and Adjunct Lecturer of Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research lies at the intersection of critical race theory, racial identity development, and teacher education. As a teacher educator, he is committed to preparing educators to work with students by directly engaging issues of race and to bring the students’ racialized realities into their educational contexts. In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Graves serves as the liaison between Simmons University and the Boston Teachers Union (BTU) Pilot School where he coordinates professional development opportunities for the BTU School staff, serves on the Governing Board, coordinates the placement of Simmons interns and student volunteers, and works directly with Union School students and teachers inside and outside the classroom.