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Blackboard Jungle 11 is over. We look forward to another successful BBJ in 2019!

BBJ11 Schedule and Speakers

Blackboard Jungle 12 - March 21 and 22, 2019

Blackboard Jungle is for UVM faculty, staff, and all others seeking to develop skills, knowledge, and a deeper understanding of diversity that supports excellence in teaching, service, and research. Completing its 11th year, Blackboard Jungle is put on by the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs for the Blackboard Jungle Symposium at the University of Vermont. More information about Blackboard Jungle 12 will be available in early 2019. Check back for updates.

Highlights of Blackboard Jungle 11 included Keynote Speakers:

John Quiñones

John Quiñones is the Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of ABC newsmagazine Primetime and has been with the network nearly 30 years. He is the sole anchor of the Primetime series What Would You Do?, one of the highest rated newsmagazine franchises in recent years. During his tenure, he has reported extensively for ABC News, predominantly serving as a correspondent for Primetime and 20/20.

Having grown up in a poor family of migrant workers to eventually become ABC’s first Latino correspondent and a seven-time Emmy Award winner, Quiñones shares his powerful story with audiences around the country, encouraging them to pursue their dreams regardless of socioeconomic barriers. He particularly emphasizes the role education played in his success in his captivating and inspiring keynotes.

Quiñones received a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communications from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas. He received a Masters from the Columbia School of Journalism. He received the 2010 Outstanding Alumni Award from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and his coverage on the African Congo was named one of the 50 greatest stories by a graduate in the last 100 years.

Dr. OiYan Poon

Dr. OiYan Poon is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education Leadership in the School of Education at Colorado State University. Her research focuses on the racial politics and discourses related to higher education, college access, public policies like affirmative action, and Asian Americans. Her work has been recognized with awards from the Association for the Study of Higher Education and ACPA: College Student Educators International. She is co-editor of a forthcoming edited volume from Stylus Publishing entitled Difficult Subjects: Insights and Strategies for Teaching about Race, Sexuality, and Gender. She is also co-editor of a forthcoming special issue of AAPI Nexus Journal entitled Serving the Community: Reflections for Sustainable Partnerships and Organizational Transformation. Prior to completing her Ph.D. in Race & Ethnic Studies in Education with a certificate in Asian American Studies from UCLA, Dr. Poon worked in multicultural student affairs. She was the first Asian Pacific American Student Affairs director at George Mason University and the first Student Affairs Officer in Asian American Studies at UC Davis. As a student affairs professional, she played a key role in advocating for the establishment of the federal AANAPISI (Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution) Minority Serving Institution designation.

Dr. William Jelani Cobb

Dr. William Jelani Cobb is an Associate Professor of History. He is a recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright and Ford Foundations. Professor Cobb is the author of The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama & the Paradox of Progress (Bloomsbury 2010) and To The Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic (NYU Press 2007) which was a finalist for the National Award for Arts Writing. His collection, The Devil & Dave Chappelle and Other Essays (Thunder’s Mouth Press), was also published in 2007. He is editor of The Essential Harold Cruse: A Reader. Born and raised in Queens, NY, he was educated at Jamaica High School, Howard University in Washington, D.C. and Rutgers University where he received his doctorate in American History in May 2003.

Professor Cobb’s forthcoming book is titled Antidote to Revolution: African American Anticommunism and the Struggle for Civil Rights, 1931-1957. His articles and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Daily Beast, The Washington Post, Essence, Vibe, The Progressive, and TheRoot.com. He has contributed to a number of anthologies including In Defense of Mumia, Testimony, Mending the World and Beats, Rhymes and Life. He has also been a featured commentator on MSNBC, National Public Radio, CNN, Al- Jazeera, CBS News and a number of other national broadcast outlets.

Blackboard Jungle is for UVM faculty, staff, and all others seeking to develop skills, knowledge, and a deeper understanding of diversity that supports excellence in teaching, service, and research. Completing its 11th year, Blackboard Jungle is put on by the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs for the Blackboard Jungle Symposium at the University of Vermont.

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