The first A Dream Deferred™ conference was held in June of 2005 in Los Angeles, Calif. The meeting was organized amid highly evocative conversations surrounding the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision. Since its inception, A Dream Deferred has gathered professionals from throughout the nation who provide insights and ideas to guide us as we continue to advocate for African American students.
The conference is focused on the state of college readiness for African American students and provides a forum for sharing best practices, key data, and research to drive measurable actions to ensure access to opportunity.
2018 A Dream Deferred Committee
|***Terrance Dixon||Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management||Morehouse College|
|Michael Gantt||Senior Assistant Director||University of Georgia|
|Ramon Goings||Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership||Loyola University Maryland|
|Reggie Gustave||Founder/CEO||Guiding STARS|
|Edrika Hall||Instructional Specialist||Prince George's County Public Schools|
|Onaje Harper||Clinical Faculty, Secondary Mathematics||Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Urban Teachers|
|Adrian Haugabrook||Senior Vice President and University Chief of Staff||Southern New Hampshire University|
|*Camille Jacobs||Assistant Principal||Queens Collegiate|
|Quinton Lampkin||CEO||Scholar Navigator|
|*Adrian Mims||Executive Director||The Calculus Project|
|**Michael Sorrell||President||Paul Quinn College|
|Crystal Ward||National Math and Science Initiative||High Tech High Media Arts|
|Kelly Williams||Director of College and Career Access||Newark Public Schools|
|Tenesha Villanueva||Director of College Advising||High Tech High Media Arts|
* 2018 Co-Chairs
** Trustee Liaison
***HBCU Conference Liaison
The Asa G. Hilliard Model of Excellence Award
The Dr. Asa G. Hilliard Model of Excellence Award will be presented at the A Dream Deferred conference. The award acknowledges individuals or organizations that have encouraged African American students to strive for academic success. These individuals and organizations will have developed successful methodologies that have positively impacted countless African American students. Each should represent a model that can be replicated by others trying to make a difference in the lives of our youth.
About Asa G. Hilliard
In 2007, the theme of our conference was “accepting the challenge to educate all students.” The College Board and the Dream Deferred planning committee were thrilled to welcome Dr. Asa G. Hilliard III to speak on this powerful national objective. Dr. Hilliard devoted his professional life to re-envisioning schooling and methods of instruction, especially for African American students. He challenged widely held ideologies that underestimated the ability of African Americans and other students of color to achieve academic excellence. Hilliard was a preeminent scholar, educational psychologist, historian, and a leading proponent of acquiring greater balance in history curriculums from elementary school through college.
Dr. Hilliard was in Cairo, Egypt, to deliver a keynote lecture at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations (ASCAC) when he succumbed to complications from malaria on Aug. 13, 2007. In honor of Dr. Hilliard and his rich legacy, our committee renamed the Model of Excellence Award for the educator whose life’s work exemplifies the spirit of this accolade.
The College Board has recognized these individuals and organizations for their commitment to African American students and families, and honors each as a Dr. Asa G. Hilliard Model of Excellence Award winner.
2018— Donna Y. Ford, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
Donna Y. Ford, Ph.D., is professor and the Cornelius Vanderbilt Endowed Chair of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University. She teaches in the Department of Special Education and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Teaching and Learning.
Professor Ford conducts research primarily in gifted education and multicultural/urban education. Her work focuses on: (1) recruiting and retaining culturally different students in gifted education, (2) multicultural and urban education, (3) achievement gaps, (4) minority student achievement and underachievement, and (5) family involvement. She consults with school districts, educational, and legal organizations in the areas of gifted education, Advanced Placement, and multicultural/urban education.
2017—Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, National Museum of African Art Smithsonian Institution
2016—Dr. Michael L. Lomax, United Negro College Fund
2015—Dr. Calvin Mackie, STEM NOLA
2014—Mary Brown, Life Pieces to Masterpieces, and Dr. Joseph Johnson, Jr., National Center for Urban School Transformation and San Diego State University
2013—Dr. Adrian Mims, Brookline High School and The IMANI (Improving Montclair Achievement Network Initiative)