2018 Conference Keynote and Featured Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Tim Wise

Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. He has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the country. He is also the host of the new podcast, Speak Out with Tim Wise.

He has also lectured internationally, in Canada and Bermuda, and has trained corporate, government, entertainment, media, law enforcement, military, and medical industry professionals on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions. Wise has provided anti-racism training to educators and administrators nationwide.

Wise is the author of seven books, including his latest, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America (City Lights Books). Other books include Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority (City Lights Books); his highly acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son (recently updated and re-released by Soft Skull Press); Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White; Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-Racist Reflections From an Angry White Male; Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama; and Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity.

Named one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World,” by Utne Reader, Wise has contributed chapters or essays to over 25 additional books and his writings are taught in colleges and universities across the nation. His essays have appeared on Alternet, Salon, Huffington Post, Counterpunch, The Root, Black Commentator, BK Nation and Z Magazine among other popular, professional and scholarly journals.

From 1999-2003, Wise was an advisor to the Fisk University Race Relations Institute, in Nashville, and in the early ’90s he was Youth Coordinator and Associate Director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism: the largest of the many groups organized for the purpose of defeating neo-Nazi political candidate, David Duke.

Wise has been featured in several documentaries, including the 2013 Media Education Foundation release, “White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America.” The film, which he co-wrote and co-produced, has been called “A phenomenal educational tool in the struggle against racism,” and “One of the best films made on the unfinished quest for racial justice,” by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva of Duke University, and Robert Jensen of the University of Texas, respectively. He also appeared alongside legendary scholar and activist, Angela Davis, in the 2011 documentary, “Vocabulary of Change.” In this public dialogue between the two activists, Davis and Wise discussed the connections between issues of race, class, gender, sexuality and militarism, as well as inter-generational movement building and the prospects for social change.

Wise appears regularly on CNN and MSNBC to discuss race issues and was featured in a 2007 segment on 20/20. He graduated from Tulane University in 1990 and received antiracism training from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, in New Orleans.

Featured Speaker:

Dr. John Wesley Lowery
Legislative Update

Dr. John Wesley Lowery is department chair, graduate coordinator, and professor in the Student Affairs in Higher Education Department at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has also served as an affiliated consultant with the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management (NCHERM) since 2009. John previously served on the faculty at Oklahoma State University and the University of South Carolina. He earned his doctorate at Bowling Green State University in Higher Education Administration. He previously held administrative positions at Adrian College and Washington University in St. Louis. John holds a Masters degree in student personnel services from the University of South Carolina and an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in Religious Studies. 

He is a frequent speaker and author on topics related to student affairs and higher education, particularly legislative issues (including Clery, FERPA, & Title IX) and student conduct on which he is widely regarding as a leading expert. Over his career, John has been honored by several professional organizations. In 2014, John was recognized as an ACPA Diamond Honoree for outstanding and sustained contributions to higher education and to student affairs. He has twice received the Tracy R. Teele Memorial Award from ACPA's Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues for “outstanding contributions to the area of judicial affairs and legal issues" in 2014 and 2005. At the 2007 Association for Student Judicial Affairs Conference, he received the D. Parker Young Award for “outstanding ongoing scholarly research contributions to the fields of higher education and student judicial affairs."

Featured Speaker: 

Bill Fischer, J.D.
Case Law Update

Bill Fischer currently serves as Vice President for Student Development at the University of Dayton, where he provides leadership and oversight for student development programs and services including housing and residence life, multicultural affairs, community standards, the counseling center, health center, recreation center, Greek life programs, student activities, the student union, and assessment initiatives. He joined the University of Dayton in November 2008 as Associate Vice President for Student Development. Bill has approximately 15 years of experience in higher education with specialty focus on student conduct and conflict resolution systems, crisis and risk management, and law/policy issues in student affairs. He has previously held adjunct faculty appointments at Northeastern and Suffolk University teaching on the topic of law and higher education. Bill also has extensive background and experience as an educator, trainer and coach in conflict resolution. He received his formal training in mediation at Seton Hall University School of Law. He currently serves as a mediator in Dayton, OH for a community based mediation program.

Prior to his tenure in higher education, Bill was engaged in the full time practice of law for approximately ten years. He was a principal in the law firm of Matthews, White & Fischer in New Jersey. Bill is an active member of the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA), having served on its Board of Directors in various capacities for approximately seven years. He is a Past President of the Association. Bill earned his B.A. degree from Villanova University and his J.D. degree from Seton Hall University School of Law. 

Featured Speaker: 

Saundra "Saunie" Schuster, Esq.
Case Law Update

Saunie Schuster is a Partner with The NCHERM Group, LLC (National Center for Higher Education Risk Management), a national risk management legal consulting firm. Ms Schuster is a recognized expert in preventive and civil rights law for education, notably in the fields of Sexual Misconduct and Harassment; First Amendment and Campus Access, ADA and Disability Issues; Risk Management and Liability Issues; Behavior Intervention and Threat Assessment; Student Discipline and Campus Conduct; Intellectual Property and Employment Issues.

Ms. Schuster's higher education legal experience includes serving as the General Counsel for Sinclair Community College; as Senior Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio, representing public colleges and universities; and as the Associate General Counsel for the University of Toledo. In addition to her legal work in higher education, Ms. Schuster has over twenty-five years experience in college administration and teaching. Prior to practicing law, she was the Associate Dean of Students at The Ohio State University and served as a faculty member at The Ohio State University, Miami University and Columbus State Community College. She provided rape crisis counseling and served on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of Butler County. 

Ms. Schuster presents extensively on legal issues in higher education, and provides individual institutional consultation to colleges and universities. She provides student and employment policy review and development for discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct policies for institutions across the country, including conducting and delivering state-wide sexual misconduct policy development and training consultations. 

Ms. Schuster is co-author of "The First Amendment: A Guide for College Administrators" (2006), and contributing author to "The Book on BIT: Forming and Operating Effective Behavioral Intervention Teams on College Campuses" (2012), "Student Conduct Practice: The Complete Guide for Student Affairs Professionals" (2008); "The State of Student Conduct: Current Forces and Future Challenges" (2013). Ms. Schuster is a former President of the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA, formerly ASJA), and held many board positions in that organization. She is the immediate Past- President of NABITA (the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association), an association for higher education, dedicated to the support and professional development of behavioral intervention teams. She is a long time member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and served on the conference planning committee. Ms. Schuster is on the Board of Advisors for the Report on Campus Safety and Student Development, published by the Civic Research Institute. She also serves on several Boards of Directors in her community. 

Ms. Schuster holds masters degrees in counseling and higher education administration from Miami University, and completed her coursework for her Ph.D. in Organizational Development at Ohio State University. She was awarded her juris doctorate degree from the Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University. Ms. Schuster is admitted to practice law in the State of Ohio, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.




Featured Speaker: 

W. Scott Lewis, J.D.
Case Law Update

W. Scott Lewis, J.D. is a partner with The NCHERM Group. He serves as the 2015-2016 president of SACCA (the Student Affairs Community College Association – www.sacca.org) and is also co-founder and advisory board member of ATIXA (the Association for Title IX Administrators – www.atixa.org), NaBITA (the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association – www.nabita.org) and SCOPE (School and College Organization for Prevention Education – www.wearescope.org). Previously, he served as Special Advisor to Saint Mary's College in South Bend, IN, as Associate Vice Provost at the University of South Carolina, and worked in Student Conduct and Residence Life at Texas A&M University. He also serves as faculty, teaching courses in Education, Law, Political Science, and Business. He has worked with the Department of Justice's Office of Violence Against Women as a trainer and consultant, and was a consultant to the Office of the Vice President and the White House Task Force on issues of sexual misconduct and Title IX. Additionally, he works with athletes, coaches and administrators in athletics, working with Divisions I, II, III, NAIA and NJCAA athletics departments and athletes, as well as with the USOC and NCAA in the areas of sexual misconduct and gender equity in sport. Scott brings over twenty years of experience as a student affairs administrator, faculty member, and consultant in higher education.

He has been interviewed and/or featured by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Student Affairs Today, Inside Higher Education, ESPN, ESPN The Magazine, Time, Newsweek, NPR, NBC, USA Today, Today's Campus, as well as other publications and sources. 

He completed his undergraduate work in Psychology and his graduate work in Higher Education Administration at Texas A&M University and received his law degree and mediation training from the University of Houston. He lives in Denver, Colorado.