How Prepared are Students for the World after High School

Topic: Diversity Issues in Education

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021

Location: Virtual

Time: Virtual sign in begins at 9:15 AM/ Program begins at 9:25/ Wrap up  by 11:15AM

Hosted by Slippery Rock University College of Education


ACT 48 Credit (PA)

NBCC Continuing Education Credits for Counselors

This event is supported by Pittsburgh Technical College and Slippery Rock University

This event is designed to meet the needs of Counselors, Administrators, Teachers,  College Professors and everyone who is interested in students being successful.


Meet the Presenter:

Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith, President of Pittsburgh Technical College

Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith has dedicated more than 25 years to higher education in a variety of leadership and administrative roles. Committed to leadership excellence, institutional performance and student success, she is a scholar-practitioner, whose experience in higher education is both diverse and expansive. Appointed the 4th President/CEO of Pittsburgh Technical College (PTC), a private, non-profit, regionally accredited college on a beautiful 180-acre campus in Oakdale, Pennsylvania, in April 2019, Dr. Harvey-Smith, the first African-American to hold this post, is proud of the College’s history of student success spanning nearly seventy-five years and its consistency in maintaining one of the nation’s highest in-field placement rates of over 95%. Opening in 1946 as a single-discipline career training institution, Pittsburgh Technical College has grown to ten academic schools with more than thirty degree and certificate programs, including bachelor degrees. Early in her tenure at PTC, Dr. Harvey-Smith established three key priorities and six strategic directions as a guide for strategic planning and decision making. Her focus is on positioning PTC as a college of first choice for technical and trades education and jobs of the future, becoming a pipeline to middle skills careers, and fueling economic development. She is developing a re-imagined Strategic Enrollment Management Model that includes diversifying alternative revenue generation for improved institutional sustainability and growth. Dr. Harvey-Smith has staked a claim on the future with excellence, innovation, and transformational partnerships with business and industry and a myriad of organizations and institutions.

She is also an experienced researcher and author. Cited in Redesigning America’s Community Colleges, her publications include: Partnering for Success: How to Build Strong Internal Collaborations in Higher Education; The Seventh Learning College Principle: A Framework for Transformational Change; and Eclectic Insights: A Composition of Poetry and Essays on Varying Thoughts and Differing Opinions (Volume 1). Her latest manuscript, CARE – Compassion, Appreciation, Respect and Empowerment: Essential Leadership Standards is scheduled for release in 2020.

 Presentation: The Value of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Learning Environments

Participants will

  • Learn the definitions of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Understand the value of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Learn strategies for Enhancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in learning environments



Dr. Nikole Y. Hollins-Sims, Educational Consultant for Pennsylvania Department of Education/ Serves as the co-statewide lead for Behavior Initiative/ Special Advisor for Equity (PDE)/ Certified School Psychologists with interest in social justice

Mr. Stacy Robinson, 25 years as District Sales Manager for USA TODAY/24 years as Head Football Coach/Athletic Director/Board Member of Lawrence County Human Services Center/President, Big 7 Football Conference

Mr. Michael W. Russell, Lead Faculty and Faculty Advisor Pittsburgh Technical College/Served on city of Pittsburgh Gang Task force/Worked with men transitioning back into the community post incarceration

Dr. Joe Merhaut,  Former special education teacher, principal and assistant principal/Served as Hearing Officer for the Office for Dispute Resolution for Commonwealth of Pennsylvania/Prior Pine Richland school board member and President of the Board/Consults in the areas of inclusion, special education law, differentiated teaching practices/Professor at Slippery Rock University

Moderators: Dr. Keith Dils, Dean College of Education SRU/Dr. Herbert Hunt

Sample questions:

  • Why is diversity so important in schools?
  • How do you teach diversity to students?
  • What are some diversity issues in schools?

How willing are schools to have a courageous conversation about diversity?

Participants are encouraged to submit questions in advance. Questions must be submitted no later than January 20. Email them to  By submitting questions you will help design the agenda. We want to meet your needs.

If you have difficulty registering on line simply answer the questions and email them to or call Herb Hunt at 724.494.0968 Register early the number of participants may be limited.

You will be notified that your registration has been received.

This is a timely topic and is designed to be participant friendly. One of the goals of all events is to “Build Partnerships for Student Success”.


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