Speakers

Here are some of the speakers who will present at the summit. Other presenters will be added soon.

Jackie Alexander serves as the assistant director for Tiger Media at Clemson University and is co-organizer of the College Media Summit on Diversity & Inclusion.. In her four years working with seven student organizations, Alexander found a passion for exploring the intersection of identity and journalism. Alexander chairs College Media Association’s Diversity and Inclusion special interest group and chases a dinosaur princess in her limited spare time.

Whitney Archer serves as an associate director of diversity & cultural engagement and director of the Women’s Center at Oregon State University (OSU).  In these roles, Whitney is responsible for the administration, management, and operation of the Women’s Center as well as providing guidance and support for all seven Cultural Resource Centers (CRCs). The CRCs at OSU serve as hubs for academic support, social justice awareness, identity development, transformative learning and leadership. Whitney is engaged in gender equity work across the university including her involvement on the President’s Commission on the Status of Women, and annually teaches in courses in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Candace Baltz is the director of Orange Media Network at Oregon State University and co-organizer of the College Media Summit on Diversity & Inclusion. She is a former TV reporter, radio news anchor/reporter and newspaper reporter, with a decade of experience advising and directing national award winning college media programs. Candace believes addressing the lack of diversity in professional media begins with identifying and removing barriers to inclusion in college media. She is the 2016 College Media Association Multimedia Adviser of Distinction.

Tyrone Beason has been a staff writer for The Seattle Times Sunday magazine, Pacific NW Magazine, since 2007. He produces cover stories that reflect on the cultural, social and economic climate in the Seattle area, featuring people, places and ideas that make the region distinct. Since starting as a summer intern at the paper 22 years ago, he’s been a daily features, business, suburban bureau, education, city hall, neighborhoods and general news reporter. Tyrone is especially interested in developing stories about characters in the community and aspects of life that often go unnoticed or under-reported. He’s currently working with colleagues in the Times newsroom to encourage deeper coverage of race, class, gender, political movements and other areas that can benefit from a diversity of voices, perspectives and reporting approaches.

Audrey Carlsen is a visual journalist on The Seattle Times interactives team. She uses code to produce interactive, data-driven stories, multimedia projects and digital reporting tools for the newsroom. She built the interactive website for Under Our Skin and also conducted many of the interviews for the project. She is an advocate for media diversity, both in newsrooms and in media coverage, and is focusing on promoting productive conversations about race and diversity in her own workplace. Before starting at The Seattle Times in 2014, she contributed stories for NPR’s Science Desk and Alaska Public Media, and is currently on the board of Seattle’s chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association.

Corinne Chin is a video editor at The Seattle Times. She filmed and edited the 31 videos in the Under Our Skin project with video editor Lauren Frohne. Before coming to The Seattle Times in 2014, Corinne was a freelance video journalist reporting in Washington, DC; Nairobi, Kenya; São Paulo, Brazil; Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and more. A Chicago native, Corinne also taught photography and video to underprivileged teens living in Latinx and black communities on the city’s West and South Sides. Corinne earned a bachelor’s degree in magazine writing and a master’s in video journalism from Northwestern University, winning a Midwest Emmy for her master’s capstone, a documentary on an ex-gang member fighting gun violence in Chicago’s black communities. She is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association.

Allison Davis-White Eyes, Ph.D., is the assistant vice provost for student affairs and director of diversity & cultural engagement at Oregon State University (OSU). Allison co-chairs Oregon State University’s Leadership Council for Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice and serves on the Community Diversity Committee, as well as the University of Oregon’s President’s Diversity Advisory Community Council. She has been crucial in the development of bias response protocol and OSU and serves on the Bias Response Team.  Allison serves as the vice provost’s strategic partner in envisioning and shaping diversity education, inclusion, and full participation of all students across the Division of Student Affairs. Her work seeks to foster alignment and collaboration around diversity efforts within the Division of Student Affairs and with campus partners to work toward goals of equalizing success for all students and providing compelling diversity learning for all students.

Jason J. Dorsette currently serves as the associate director & chief of staff for the unit of Diversity & Cultural Engagement at Oregon State University (OSU) and is in his first year of his PhD in Educational Policy, Equity, and Leadership program at OSU. As chief of staff, Jason provides specialized services and support to the assistant vice provost of student affairs and other senior level administrations, the seven Cultural Resource Centers, Men’s Development & Engagement, and a host of other social change initiatives and programs within the unit of Diversity & Cultural Engagement and throughout the OSU campus community. In addition, Jason teaches  graduate-level courses in the College Student Services Administration program, and undergraduate courses in the College of Kinesiology Adventure Leadership Institute. Jason is involved both regionally and nationally in a number of professional associations, including but not limited to the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the American College Personnel Association.

Haniya Ferrell is originally from the Bay Area but came to Oregon State University in 2013 to study business. She is constantly advocating for the needs of students of color on the OSU campus and is currently working as the coordinator of multicultural affairs for ASOSU. This past November, she, along with two other students, put together a campus-wide Speak Out that consisted of students of color voicing their experiences on campus to administrators, staff and faculty on campus.

Hevani Fifita is a sophomore at Oregon State University and currently studying Philosophy with a minor in Political Science.  She is a leadership liaison for the Diversity and  Cultural Engagement Central Office.  In her free time she loves to do anything crafty while listening to her favorite songs of the moment.

Lauren Frohne is a video journalist for The Seattle Times, where she collaborates with a small video team and staff photojournalists to produce engaging, character-driven stories that explore social issues, news, and the diversity of the Seattle community. Previously, she was the multimedia producer for the Open Society Foundations, a human rights and social justice organization working with some of the most marginalized populations in the world. Before that, she was a video journalist for The Boston Globe. In 2010, she earned a master’s degree in visual communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and since then, her work has taken her all over the world from Liberia to Slovakia, Haiti to the Galapagos Islands, and across the United States.

Anne Gillies has directed Oregon State University’s Search Advocate program (featured in this month’s Chronicle of Higher Education) since its inception in 2007.  With over 30 years of higher education experience, Anne has worked with equity, inclusion, and diversity in faculty recruitment and selection at Oregon State for the last 20 years.  Anne grew up in the Midwest and first migrated west with a relatively fresh BA in English Literature in the early 1980s.  Her interest in hiring and employment began when she arrived in Yosemite National Park to work as a hotel maid, and was promoted on the spot to phone reservation clerk because of her degree.  “They always told me that my liberal arts degree would prepare me to do anything, but until then I hadn’t realized exactly what that meant!” she says wryly.

Abdelrahman Hamouda is a grad student in the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department in the College of Engineering and serves as a student ambassador at the Diversity and Cultural Engagement Center at Oregon State University. He moved to Oregon two years ago as a Middle Eastern international student. He grew up as a Palestinian refugee in Qatar and got his bachelor degree’s in electrical engineering from Qatar University.

Rachele Kanigel is an associate professor of journalism at San Francisco State University and a co-organizer of the College Media Summit on Diversity & Inclusion. She was a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years and has freelanced for TIME, People, U.S. News and World Report, MediaShift, San Francisco Magazine and other publications.  She is the author of The Student Newspaper Survival Guide and the editor of The Diversity Style Guide, a resource to help journalists and other media writers cover a complex, multicultural world with accuracy, authority and sensitivity. She is immediate past president of College Media Association.

Cindy Konrad serves as assistant director of LGBT services and outreach at Oregon State University, overseeing leadership of the Pride Center and SOL: LGBTQ+ Multicultural Support Network. Before she began working in student affairs, Cindy taught Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, writing, and literature. She is a doctoral candidate in literature at Purdue University, and her research focuses on strategies of resistance and resilience employed by multiply-marginalized queer and trans people. When she is not engaged in social justice work, Cindy enjoys being outdoors, making wonky ceramics, and poking fun at bad horror films.

Anesat Leon-Guerrero is a 5th-year student at OSU studying Sociology & Ethnic Studies. He currently works at Associated Students of Oregon State University as the executive director of diversity programs.

Frank LoMonte is the executive director of the Student Press Law Center. He joined SPLC in January 2008 after practicing law with Atlanta-based Sutherland LLP and clerking for federal judges on the Northern District of Georgia and the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Before law school, LoMonte was an award-winning investigative journalist and political columnist for daily newspapers in Florida and Georgia.

Charlene Martinez serves as the associate director of integratedlearning for social change for diversity & cultural engagement and is affiliated with the School of Language, Culture, and Society at Oregon State University.  Her current work includes developing transformative learning programs which are interdisciplinary and center social justice education.  She received her MEd with an emphasis in multicultural counseling from the Community-Based Block Program at San Diego State University, and BA in global studies with an emphasis in culture and ideology from UC Santa Barbara.  Charlene’s professional experiences include work in cross/multi-cultural centers and student life programs at Sacramento State, Mills College, Contra Costa College, UC San Diego, and as well as a non-profit, the Rockwood Leadership Program.  Charlene is passionate about the power of courageous conversations, story-telling, and art as vehicles for critical dialogue and social change.

Erich N. Pitcher, Ph.D. is the associate director of research and communication for diversity & cultural engagement at Oregon State University. In this role, he studies transformative learning, develops stories and media for a variety of audiences, and supports the work of seven cultural centers and several programs. He earned his PhD at Michigan State University in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education and MS in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Erich’s dissertation focused on how organizations shape the experiences of 39 trans* academics. His research focuses broadly on social justice, diversity, and inclusion. Erich is passionate about social justice, food, data, and theory.

Shirley Qiu is the features producer at The Seattle Times, handling features stories (arts, entertainment, food, etc.) on The Seattle Times website and social media platforms. She joined the Under Our Skin project about halfway through, reading through interview transcripts, attending planning meetings and helping out at events. She is also the secretary of the Asian American Journalists Association’s Seattle chapter, a national organization that works to promote newsroom diversity and support Asian American journalists across the country.

Helga Salinas currently works at The Seattle Times as a social media producer. Most recently, she worked at the Los Angeles Times also doing social media. She also previously worked with Univision’s digital team La Huella Digital as a reporter/developer, as an intern on the NPR Visuals Team, and as an infographics and data visualization editor at GOOD Magazine. She enjoys teaching journalism with an emphasis on digital storytelling and social media. She graduated from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, but her passion for journalism stemmed from her experience as a part of La Gente, UCLA’s Latino student news magazine.

Photo: A student participates in a Speak Out about race relations at Oregon State University on Nov. 16, 2015. Photo by Aaron Newton/The Daily Barometer

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