2022 Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success: Plenary Sessions

Conference Welcome and Keynote Address

Thursday, March 17, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm CT

Dr. J. Luke Wood

J. Luke Wood, Ph.D. is Vice President of Student Affairs & Campus Diversity and Chief Diversity Officer at San Diego State University. Dr. Wood is also the Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Education in SDSU's College of Education. Wood’s research focuses on factors affecting the success of Black and African American boys and men of color education, with a specific focus on early childhood education and community colleges. Dr. Wood has delivered over 1,000 scholarly professional and conference presentations and has authored over 160 publications, including more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and 16 books.

Closing Plenary

Saturday, March 19, from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm CT

Dr. Suzanne Johnson

Dr. Suzanne Johnson is President at Green River College. She began her career in higher education as a full-time psychology faculty member at Dowling College, New York. In 2012, after many years as a faculty member, Dr. Johnson moved into administrative roles and became Dean of the College at Dowling College. She intentionally made the move to community colleges in 2014 when she had the opportunity to serve as interim campus president at Sylvania Campus of Portland Community College in Oregon. Her move to community colleges was driven by her commitment to the community college mission and the essential role community colleges play in providing educational pathways to opportunity. Prior to becoming president at Green River College, Dr. Johnson served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Suffolk County Community College in New York. She has been serving as president of Green River College since July 2017. Her time at Green River College, thus far, has focused on facilitating and supporting the collaborative efforts of the college’s outstanding faculty and staff as they work to ensure equitable student outcomes and deepen a culture of caring and belonging for all students. Of equal importance is her work to position the college as an invaluable partner with businesses and industries to contribute to the economic growth, vitality, and stability of the cities it serves. Dr. Johnson holds a B.A. in Psychology from Ithaca College, New York; and a master’s degree in psychology and Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Stony Brook University, New York.