Richard E. Hilbert, Ph.D.
Executive Committee Member, Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies
Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
Co-Founder of the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) in U.S. Higher Education
Phillip Bowman, Ph.D.
Faculty Associate, Research Center for Group Dynamics
Director, National Center for Institutional Diversity
Professor, Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education
Professor Bowman's scholarship focuses on diversity issues in research methodology, higher education and public policy; social psychological issues in racial/ethnic disparities, and African American Studies. He is an active national and international lecturer and consultant on diversity issues in research methodology, higher education and public policy.
Deborah Wilds, Ph.D.
President and COO of the College Success Foundation
Before coming to the Foundation, Dr. Wilds was a senior program officer for education at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where her responsibilities include serving as the Foundation's liaison to the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, the Gates Cambridge Scholars, and the Washington State Achievers Program and developing other college access related programs for low-income and students of color. She is responsible for the early college initiative to create 250 new early college high schools across the country.
Leticia Nieto, PsyD
Associate Professor, Saint Martin's University
Dr. Nieto has 20 years of experience in teaching, psychotherapy, performance, training, and consultation. She specializes in expressive arts therapy (with a focus on therapeutic enactment), motivation/creativity, diversity issues, and anti-oppression. She has taught in the Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology program at Saint Martin's University for 10 years. Dr. Nieto has been an active poet, visual artist, dramatist and performer since 1978. Dr. Nieto actualizes her vision of empowerment through theatre as director and founder of True Story Theatre/Teatro de la Vida Real, a Latina improvisational company which works bilingually and biculturally using improvisational portrayals of audience members' personal stories. She has most recently founded the Coalition in Conflict Theatre Collective. This group's diverse membership uses creative methods and performative structures to teach anti-oppression and conflict resolution options, to engender coalition, and to build allyship skills.
Dr. Mia Tuan
Founder and Director, CODAC Center on Diversity and Community, University of Oregon
Associate Professor, College of Education
Dr. Mia Tuan received her BA (Sociology) from UC Berkeley and her MA, PhD (Sociology) from UCLA. Her research interests include racial and ethnic identity development (particularly amongst Asian Americans), Asian transracial adoption, and multicultural organizational development. She is the author of Forever Foreigners or Honorary Whites? The Asian Ethnic Experience Today (Rutgers, 1999) as well as Prejudice in Politics: Group Position, Public Opinion and the Wisconsin Treaty Rights Dispute (Harvard, 2006) with Larry Bobo. In addition to being a faculty member in the College of Education at the University of Oregon, she is also the Director of CoDaC, the Center on Diversity and Community at the University of Oregon, a learning organization committed to promoting research and best practices on issues of cultural diversity, equity, and access.