Speakers - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference 2021

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F. Erik Brooks, Ph.D.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Central State University


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Michael Carter

Senior Advisor to the President/Chief Diversity Officer

Sinclair Community College

Michael Carter was appointed by President Johnson in 2015 as Senior Advisor to the President and Chief Diversity Officer, having previously served as Sinclair’s first Superintendent of the Division of School and Community Partnerships where he was the driver for the dramatic increase of college credit options for high school students. The number enrolled increased from 500 students to almost 3,000 students in five years.

Over his 20-year career at Sinclair, Michael served as Senior Vice President, Senior Director of High School Linkages, and Director of the Fast Forward Center (a nationally recognized model in dropout recovery).

In 2021 The Dayton Business Journal awarded Michael “The Diversity in Business” Award. The National Conference for Community & Justice (NCCJ) awarded Michael the 2018 Humanitarian Mentorship Award for his commitment to mentoring/empowering emerging leaders, as well as, using his voice and efforts to bring about social and economic change in the community. Michael has been recognized with many other awards for his community work and advocacy. A former public school teacher, administrator and coach, Michael has over 40 years of experience working with youth.  Michael holds a BA from Wittenberg University and an MA in educational leadership from Wright State.


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Moira Casey, Ph.D.

Regional Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Miami University Regionals


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Brandi N.H. Elliott, Ed.D.

Executive Director, Student Affairs Identity and Inclusion

University of Cincinnati


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Alice “Betsy” Grimes, Ph.D.

Director of Faculty Development

Air Force Institute of Technology

Dr. Alice Grimes is the Director of Faculty Development and Equity Advisor for the Graduate School of Engineering and Management at the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Grimes has many years of experience as a professor and college dean and is a Professor Emeritus of Urbana University. She also worked in human services administration prior to entering academia. Dr. Grimes holds a Ph.D. and an MSW, both from the Ohio State University. She also earned an MBA from Urbana University and an MA from Central Michigan

University.  Dr. Grimes is a Licensed Social Worker in Ohio and a Certified Family Life Educator through the National Council on Family Relations.


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Tiffany Hunter, Ph.D.

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Clark State College

Dr. Tiffany Hunter currently serves as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Clark State College. She served as Dean of Education and Human Services at Florida State College at Jacksonville for 7 years prior to joining Clark State in January 2019. She has worked in higher education for 21 years and in administrative roles, in both 2 and 4 year institutions for over 10-years. In her new role as Vice President of Academic Affairs, she has oversight of all of the academic programs, credit and non-credit, curriculum oversight, leadership of faculty, and ensuring that the institution is meeting all accreditation requirements at Clark State.

She received a B.A. in Political Science from UNC-Greensboro, an M.A. in Birth-Kindergarten Education from Lenior-Rhyne University, an M.S. in Education and a Ph.D. in Leadership for Higher Education both from Capella University.

Tiffany currently serves as a Commissioner for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs, on the board of United Way of Clark, Champaign & Madison Counties, Jack and Jill of America, Inc., the National Council of Workforce Education (NCWE), the Council on Accreditation for Two-Year Colleges (CATYC) as well as other local committees.

Tiffany currently resides in Beavercreek, OH with her husband, Dr. Calvin Hunter who works at Wittenberg University as an Assistant Professor of Sport Management, and their two sons, Logan (22), a senior at Wittenberg University and Landon (12), an 8th grader at Ridgewood School.


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Tonya Mathis

Diversity Program Manager, Boonshoft School of Medicine

Wright State University

Tonya Mathis is the Director for the Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, West Virgina Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) and is employed as the Diversity Program Manager at Wright State University, where she assists and advises the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Boonshoft School of Medicine in various aspects of diversity initiatives for the Medical School faculty and staff. Tonya worked for Wright State University 18 years in various roles until she left in 2012 to become the Assistant Dean of Instruction for an Early College High School program in Indiana. She returned to work at Wright State in 2018, in her current role. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Services and her Master of Education in Student Affairs and Higher Education, from Wright State University.


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Charles “Chip” Murdock

Director, Diversity and Inclusion & Service and Civic Engagement

Wilmington College

Chip Murdock serves as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Wilmington College. Diversity was in his DNA from a young age. Being the son of an anthropologist, Chip learned to appreciate the various aspects of human differences and has been able to apply those principles throughout his life. At Wilmington, Chip facilitates a wide array of diverse programming that benefits the entire campus. The focus of many of his programs are promoting dialogue and understanding, which are the pillars of inclusion excellence. Chip has extensive community and professional organizational involvement and a passion for personal empowerment and development, corporate responsibility.


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Brandy E. Phipps, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural & Life Sciences

Central State University

Dr. Brandy Phipps received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  She is an Assistant Professor with a research focus on holistic interactions of biomolecules in plant extracts and foods; mechanisms of biomolecules in the prevention/alleviation of disease; and evaluation of nutrition and wellness needs and development of strategies to mitigate chronic health conditions in underserved and historically disadvantaged populations.  Dr. Phipps has 20+ years of higher education teaching experience in the Biological and Life Sciences, and currently teaches Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition, and Undergraduate Research classes. She is particularly passionate about providing educational equity, advanced experiential STEM learning opportunities, and personalized mentoring to PEER students and those who have been socially and economically disadvantaged.


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Zoë Plakias, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural, Environmental & Development Economics

The Ohio State University

Dr. Zoë Plakias is an Assistant Professor in Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at The Ohio State University. She is an agricultural and food systems economist and engages in research, teaching, and outreach to inform development of a food system of the future that’s better for people and the planet. Dr. Plakias is committed to addressing institutional racism and other forms of inequality within and outside the academy. Serving on the Executive Leadership Board of the Ohio State STEAM Factory, Dr. Plakias also serves as co-lead of the STEAM Factory’s Racial Justice Pathways pilot program that seeks to provide faculty and staff at Ohio State with the support to actively address institutional racism at Ohio State and beyond.


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Julio Quintero, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Inclusive Excellence Education and Initiatives

University of Dayton

Julio Quintero serves as Associate Director for Inclusive Excellence Education and Initiatives in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Dayton. Prior to his current role, Quintero served as an assistant professor for six years and as an associate professor for five years in two liberal arts institutions, teaching Spanish language and Latin American cultures. He received a Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the University of Cincinnati.


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Maurice Stevens, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Comparative Studies

The Ohio State University


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Aliecia Stathopoulos

Employee Engagement & HR Specialist

Franklin University

Aliecia Stathopoulos currently serves as the Employee Engagement and HR Specialist at Franklin University located in Columbus, Ohio. Aliecia also serves as the chair for the University’s Diversity Dimensions and Equity & Inclusion Development Committee where she works to create opportunities for faculty and staff to celebrate and understand how diverse backgrounds, identities, and experiences influence the work we do to support students, faculty, staff, and the community in which they serve.

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