March 18–20, 2018 | Houston, TX


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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

Name Title Institution
***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.

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.

2017—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)

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