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Keynote Speaker

Monica M. Smith
Administrator, Educator, Practitioner

Where Do We Go From Here?

Monica SmithJust ten days after what would have been the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 90th birthday, Dr. Smith will revisit this pivotal question that Dr. King posed to an audience in Atlanta, GA in 1967. King challenged the audience to grapple with identifying salient next steps in the conflict for civil rights – steps that would continue to empower the marginalized and keep the country moving toward the liberties and justice beholden by the Constitution.

Dr. Monica M. Smith, is the inaugural Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at Augustana College (IL). Dr. Smith has served in administrative roles in higher education since 2004 providing strategic, academic, and operational leadership for diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. At Augustana, she is responsible for providing institutional leadership to create and sustain a culture that embraces diversity and promotes equity and inclusion. Prior to becoming a full-time administrator, Smith was a faculty member primarily teaching social work and social justice courses at Eastern University and University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice.

Smith has more than 20 years of direct social work practice and supervisory experience in child welfare, family services and mental health agencies. She has been a consultant to school districts, non-profit, government, and professional organizations needing to improve practices specific to diverse populations.

Dr. Smith earned a Bachelor of Social Work at Eastern University, a Master of Social Work and Doctorate in Clinical Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice.

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