Keynote Speakers.


Dr. Ivory Toldson

Dr. Ivory A. Toldson is the Deputy Director, for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Prior to this role Dr. Toldson served as an associate professor at Howard University, senior research analyst for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and editor-in-chief of “The Journal of Negro Education.” He was also contributing education editor for The Root, where he debunked some of the most pervasive myths about African-Americans in his Show Me the Numbers column. Dr. Ivory Toldson is Lead Author on “The Quest For Excellence: Supporting the Academic Success of Minority Males in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics(STEM) Disciplines.”


Dr. Bernard Harris

Dr. Harris worked at NASA for ten years, where he conducted research in musculoskeletal physiology and disuse osteoporosis. Later, as Head of the Exercise Countermeasure Project, he conducted clinical investigations of space adaptation and developed in-flight medical devices to extend Astronaut stays in space. Dr. Harris is currently Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Vesalius Ventures, Inc., a venture capital firm, that invests in early to mid stage Healthcare technologies and companies. He is also the Founder of the Harris Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports math/science education and crime prevention programs for America’s youth.


Ms. Gigi R. Crowder, L. E.

is the Ethnic Services Manager for Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services and has worked in the behavioral health care field for more than 25 years. Gigi is committed to promoting the use of community defined strategies for unserved, underserved and inappropriately served ethnic and cultural communities. Her current focus is addressing the needs of “at promise” African-American males by utilizing upstream approaches such as the resources offered in faith/spirituality communities.


Mr. David J. Johns

As Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, Mr. David Johns works to identify evidence-based best practices to improve African American student achievement—from cradle to career. The initiative works across federal agencies and with partners and communities nationwide to produce a more effective continuum of education programs for African American students. Prior to joining the Department, Johns was a senior education policy advisor to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) under the leadership of Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.

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