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Inaugural Faculty Retreat
Hosted Virtually This Fall
August 17, 2021 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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Opening Remarks​

9:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks, President Blanchard
9:15 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks, Interim Provost Uzman
9:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m. Introduction of New Faculty – Interim Provost Uzman
9:45 a.m.-9:50 a.m. Overview of Fall Retreat – Dr. Jerry Johnson
9:50 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Break

Speakers Panel

10:00 a.m.-10:05 a.m. Introduce Topic and Keynote Panelists, Dr. Nina Barberi
10:05 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Guided Panel Discussion with Dr. Erika Henderson, Dr. James Minor and Deborah Santiago moderator, Dr. Vida Robertson
11:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Break

Keynote Speakers

Breakout Sessions

11:05 a.m.-12:05 p.m.
Discussion with Dr. James Minor
Discussion with Deborah Santiago
Discussion with Dr. Erika Henderson

Lunch & Student Panel

12:05 p.m. – 12:20 p.m. Lunch Break

Student Panel

12:20 p.m-12:25 p.m. Introduction of Topic and Student Panelists, Dr. Adriana Visbal
12:25 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Guided Panel Discussion with University of Houston-Downtown Students, Moderator, Dr. Adriana Visbal
1:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Break

Student Speakers

University Reports

1:30 p.m.-1:50 p.m. Budget Report, Office of Administration & Finance, Mr. Martin Baylor, Interim Chief Financial Officer
1:50 p.m.-2:10 p.m. Student Enrollment Report, Office of Enrollment Management, Dr. Daniel Villanueva, Vice President for Enrollment Management
2:10 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Faculty Development Report, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, Dr. Greg Dement, Director, Teaching and Learning Excellence and Mr. John Lane, Director, Technology Learning Services
2:30 p.m.-2:50 p.m. Strategic Planning Report, Office of the Provost, Strategic Planning, Dr. Sheila Lloyd, Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs, Institutional Effectiveness
2:50 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Closing Remarks, Interim Provost Uzman

Guest & Keynote Speakers

Dr. Erika Henderson

Erika HendersonDr. Erika Henderson is the Associate Provost for Faculty Recruitment, Retention, Equity, and Diversity University of Houston.

Dr. Henderson brings nearly 30 years of experience leading organizational efforts to recruit, develop, and retain the best and brightest talent in the higher education and federal government sectors. She serves as Associate Provost for Faculty Recruitment, Retention, Equity and Diversity for the University of Houston.

Dr. Henderson previously served as Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Assistant Secretary for the Employment and Training Administration. Prior to joining the Department of Labor, Dr. Henderson was the Deputy Director for the nonpartisan White House Fellows program, the nation’s premier fellowship for public service and leadership.

Dr. Henderson also has held other leadership positions in higher education. She possesses extensive experience in program administration, leadership development, strategic planning, and the delivery of effective organizational recruitment campaigns.

She holds a Doctoral degree in Higher Education from George Washington University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Master of Arts in Counseling, bo​th from Hampton University. Dr. Henderson serves on the editorial board for INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, which is the oldest and largest diversity magazine and website in higher education today.

Dr. James T. Minor

James T. MinorDr. James T. Minor, serves as Assistant Vice Chancellor and Senior Strategist in the Office of the Chancellor at the California State University (CSU). CSU is the largest and most diverse four-year system in the nation enrolling more than 485,000 students across 23 campuses. Dr. Minor was appointed to provide leadership to advance the university’s Graduation Initiative 2025, an ambitious institutional commitment to dramatically improve degree completion rates, facilitate faculty innovation, implement major systemwide policy reform and to improve legislative provisions for student success.

Dr. Minor more recently served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Postsecondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education. He was appointed by the White House to provide overall leadership and administration for federal programs designed to expand access to higher education, strengthen institutional capacity and to promote postsecondary innovation. He was responsible for administering programs available for postsecondary institutions such as the State College Access Challenge Grants, GEAR-UP, Title III and Title V programs, The Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), TRIO and others totaling nearly $3 billion dollars annually. Under his leadership, the Higher Education Program office was responsible for more than $7.5 billion in active programming across the nation and U.S. territories.

Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Education, Dr. Minor served as the Director of Higher Education Programs at the Southern Education Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia while holding a faculty appointment at the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia. He served previously as an associate professor of higher education policy at Michigan State University and a Research Associate in the Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California.

A native of Detroit, Dr. Minor earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Jackson State University, a master’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Educational Policy Analysis and Leadership. In 2010 he received the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Education. His scholarly work has focused on academic governance, higher education policy and improving institutional performance. He is also a recognized thought-leader on higher education policy development as well as issues related to improving degree completion nationally. He has published numerous articles in journals such as the Review of Higher Education, Educational Researcher, Thought & Action, Academe, New Directions for Higher Education, and the American Educational Research Journal.

Dr. Minor continues to take an active role in educational reform. He has worked with and spoken to many school, community, and civic organizations to inspire social and educational advancement.

Ms. Deborah Santiago

Deborah SantiagoDeborah Santiago is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Excelencia in Education, America's premier authority on efforts accelerating Latino student success in higher education. As an innovator, thought leader, and educational visionary, she has led research and advanced evidence-based practices and strategies for more than 20 years at national levels to improve educational opportunities and success to better serve Latino, and all, students.

She co-founded Excelencia in Education in 2004 to inform policy, compel action, and collaborate with those ready to accelerate student success with an unapologetic Latino lens. Among her many contributions, Santiago has addressed federal legislative issues in higher education at the Congressional Research Service and informed program and budget implementation and review in the Office of Postsecondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education. She also improved awareness and education opportunities for Latinos in coordination with federal agencies and communities across the nation as the Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. Among Santiago’s community efforts, she has provided program design and implementation for dropout prevention and parental engagement for the ASPIRA Association and translated data for community engagement as the Vice President for Research and Data at the Los Angeles Alliance for Student Achievement.

Santiago has been referred to by media as a national expert on Latinos in higher education and her respected work has been cited in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, The Economist, Forbes, NBC News, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, The Hechinger Report, and Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

She serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of Mary Washington, her Alma Mater, as well as the Advisory Board of TheDream.US.

Student Panelists

Maria Sanchez

Maria is a senior Psychology major and minoring in Criminal Justice. She is a single parent of two and works full-time. According to Maria, she chose UHD because "it was so close to home and work and because it offered an online degree plan, which was great for someone in my position." She is hoping to become a Forensic Psychologist and plans on starting my Masters in the fall. She will graduate from UHD this summer.

Drejoin Ellington

Drejoin is a graduate student in UHD's Criminal Justice Program and previously earned his bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from UHD. He works as a legal assistant at a civil litigation law firm and has been involved in the Gator Leadership Academy, the National Society of Leadership and Success, and the Criminal Justice Honor Society. After completing his master's degree. Drejoin plans to attend law school to become an attorney.

Shamika Jefferson

Shamika is a second-year MBA student focusing on Accounting and Project Management. She is presently the President of the Student Government Association and National Association of Black Accountants.

Bryce Calabaza

Bryce is an English major and part of UHD's Honors Program. He aspires to be a journalist after graduating.


2021-2022 Faculty Retreat Planning Committee

Dr. Kristin Anderson, Professor, Social Sciences
Dr. Nina Barbieri, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
Ms. Lucy Bowen, Executive Director, Academic, and Student Affairs
Dr. Ed Cueva, Faculty Senate President
Dr. Greg Dement, Director, Teaching & Learning Excellence
Mr. Mike Emery, Director, Communications, Advancement & University Relations
Dr. Jerry Johnson, Associate Vice President for Faculty, Research & Sponsored Programs
Dr. Scott Marzilli, Dean of University College
Dr. Vida Robertson, Associate Professor, History, Humanities & Languages
Dr. Sheila Lloyd, Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs, Institutional Effectiveness
Dr. Vassilios Tzouanas Chair of Computer Science and Engineering Technology
Dr. Ethan Waples, Chair, Mgmt & Insurance Risk Management




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