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Grateful

I have been a professional guest speaker practically my entire adult life and I am truly grateful for all of the invitations and opportunities I have been given to talk about subjects I feel passionate about - love, courage, empowerment, leadership, race relations, gender equity, inclusion, diversity, belonging but not being afraid to stand out, journalism and media storytelling. I am also grateful for the many opportunities over the last 20 years to speak, teach and share about a beautiful and effective way to be Fully-Inclusive, Respect Diversity, and Create Feelings & Actions of Belonging in Equitable ways through Active Centralized Empowerment (A.C.E.). A.C.E. is an organizational design and critical pedagogy that I created and nurtured for close to 20 years. I believe that not only will it change your classrooms, boardrooms, companies, organizations and individuals in amazing ways when it comes to DEBI-P, it will also change the world for the Better. I believe in A.C.E. because I believe in people's capacity to do great things in Transformational ways. I am Passionate about it because I am Passionate about my Belief in People. Thank you to everyone from my past and present for the Opportunity to Share with You and I thank You, the reader, for the Opportunities in the Future. As there are just too many to list, here are just a few links to some of my recent media appearances as an invited guest. 

Selected Media Samples
 

Progressive Women’s Leadership Certification

​*Power Presentation Skills of Top Women Professionals

*Negotiating Skills: How to Ask for –and Get-What You Want

*Effective Communication skills for Professional Growth

*Techniques for Developing Your Leadership Style

*WLC 404 Elective-How to Increase Your Influence and Visibility

Human Rights Consultant Certification-US Institute of Diplomacy and Human Rights

BlackBoard Certification for Digital Teaching

Certifications
 

•    Invited Keynote Speaker, 37th Annual International Dinner & Performance Night, University Y, UIUC, Champaign, Illinois, March 2020
•    Invited Presenter, Beauty and the Beast Mode Leadership Symposium: Empowering Emerging Leaders to Level Up, presented on scholarly discoveries of Active Centralized Empowerment directed by Olympian Aja Evans, Chicago, sponsored by Under Armour, ION, February 2020
•    Invited Presenter, Queens in Training: Self-Love, Self-Respect and walking in Royalty, part of the Student Enrichment Forum for Black Excellence Celebration 2020! Presented on the authentic self and self-value based on scholarly discoveries of Active Centralized Empowerment. Urbana Middle School, January 2020
•    Invited Facilitator for UNLEASH2019 Innovation Lab (Storytelling track), Shenzhen, China. UNLEASH2019 is a global innovation lab that brings together over 1,000 professional journalists, documentarians and nonprofit organizations from all over the world to contribute insights and develop solutions to help solve the world’s most pressing challenges as part of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). I was also, asked to teach an additional “Masters” class to all participants on covering sensitive issues and inclusion with power using Active Centralized Empowerment, November 2019.
•    Invited Workshop Presenter, Data Visualization, Branding, and Storytelling for Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, UIUC, invited by Thomas Foulkes, Graduate students, October 2019.
•    Organizing Committee Member and Workshop Presenter, "Recognizing and Navigating power Dynamics in Research," for Inclusive Lab Leaders for "Inclusive Lab Leaders Program of the 21st Century Scientists Initiative, Beckman Institute, UIUC, Urbana, Illinois. The Inclusive Lab Leaders-Grads (ILL-GRAD) workshops are a new program by the 21st Century Scientists Initiative at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology. The goal of this program is to help faculty, PIs, graduate students and postdocs develop the skills and perspective needed to succeed in their research groups and develop materials to help them eventually lead their own laboratories. This workshop series centers the needs of students and faculty, which are to produce excellent science and work within the expectations of their department and lab group, in order to create an atmosphere of collaboration, inclusion, openness, and listening. (“Inclusive Lab Leaders | 21st Century Scientists”) I presented as an expert on Active Centralized Empowerment and Inclusion, April, May, October of 2019.
•    Invited Guest Speaker/Panelist, The 2nd Annual Chaz and Robert Ebert Symposium: Creating an Inclusive Cinema and Media Ecosystem, a Collaboration of the College of Media and Chaz Ebert, as part of the voices of experts, I discussed and presented solutions towards creating a more robust, innovative and productive media industry including my praxis, Active Centralized Empowerment, Champaign, Illinois, September 27, 2019. 
•    Invited Guest Speaker on Inclusion and Marginalization, Professor Brian Johnson, UIUC, spoke on originating my critical pedagogy and praxis, Active Centralized Empowerment, September 2019. 
•    Invited Paper Presenter and Workshop Facilitator, "Active Centralized Empowerment, Teaching without Borders" for "Contributing to Higher Education’s Vision of Equity and Inclusion: Integrating Diversity and Social Justice Issues with the Teaching of Skills and Across Campus," Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communications, Toronto, Canada. August 2019
•    Invited Instructional Specialist, “Chicago Untold Stories,” helping to lead and guide students through a summer project of uniting the art of storytelling and technology where inner-city youth utilize Apple technology to accurately tell compelling stories of their time through documentary style film. Chicago Untold Stories is a collaborative project with CPS, Apple and One Summer Chicago tasked assisting the youth in amplifying their voice, Summer 2019
•    Organizing Committee Member and Workshop Presenter, "Recognizing and navigating power dynamics in research," for Inclusive Lab Leaders for "Inclusive Lab Leaders Program of the 21st Century Scientists Initiative, Beckman Institute, UIUC, Urbana, Illinois. The Inclusive Lab Leaders-Grads (ILL-GRAD) workshops are a new program by the 21st Century Scientists Initiative at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology. The goal of this program is to help faculty, PIs, graduate students and postdocs develop the skills and perspective needed to succeed in their research groups and develop materials to help them eventually lead their own laboratories. This workshop series centers the needs of students and faculty, which are to produce excellent science and work within the expectations of their department and lab group, in order to create an atmosphere of collaboration, inclusion, openness, and listening. (“Inclusive Lab Leaders | 21st Century Scientists”) April & May 2019, Fall semester of 2019, Spring of 2020
•    Invited Workshop Presenter, "Teaching without Borders with Active Centralized Empowerment" for "Inclusive Practices for Teaching and Mentoring in Media Production Programs," Sponsored by EDIT Media (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Teaching Media) and Gender and Sexuality Division, Broadcast Educators Association (BEA) National Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada. April 2019
•    Invited Speaker, "Gullah Geechee and Storytelling, "Carrie Busey International Day, Carrie Busey Elementary School, Savoy, Illinois, March 2019
•    Invited Keynote Speaker, "Greatness and Active Centralized Empowerment," First Annual Black Excellence Celebration, Urbana Middle School, Urbana, Illinois, February 2019
•    Invited Guest Speaker, Book Reading and Discussion of published book, “250 Years and Still a Slave: Active Centralized Empowerment, A new way of thinking and performing,” Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, February 2019
•    Invited Speaker, "How to create your own professional brand online," Graduate School of Engineering Workshop, UIUC, January 2019
•    Invited International Presenter, Communication Technology and Branding, ACES Workshop, NJALA University, Sierra Leone, West Africa, January 2019
•    Invited International Presenter, Multimedia Workshop Social Activism and Convergence, YMCA, Freetown, Sierra Leone, West Africa, January 2019 
•    International Multimedia Specialist, ACES program Winter Course, Various locations in West Africa, December to January 2019 
•    Invited International Presenter, Journalism for Social Impact and Active Centralized Empowerment, Multimedia Workshop, Abuja, Nigeria, December 2019 
•    University-Wide Presentation and Lecture, Research and Creative Endeavor “De-Marginalization, Journalism and Storytelling,” as the Inaugural Distinguished Visiting Enhancing Excellence Scholar, Sponsored by the William White School of Journalism and Office of the Provost, Kansas University, April 2, 2018
•    Conference Paper Presentation, “A Taste of Gullah and Documentary Storytelling,” in the session, “It’s a Film Crew, Not a Class: Maturing Filmmakers Through International Documentary Projects,” Broadcast Educators Association (BEA) National Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada. April 2018
•    Invited Paper Panelist, “Sports, Jobs, and Women,” Broadcast Educators Association (BEA) National Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada. April 2018
•    Invited Presenter, Red Hot Research presents “People, Land, and Power,” Kansas University, sponsored by The Commons. March 2, 2018
•    Invited Keynote Speaker, “Branding, Lynching of the Bra and Active Centralized Empowerment,” Sponsored by Emerging Women Leaders of the Provost Office, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL., December 2017 
•    Invited Workshop Organizer and Presenter, “Creating Your Professional Brand: Engaging Talk on Using Multimedia,” sponsors: Illinois College of Media, NSF, POETS, IEEE PES, PELS, IAS, Graduate Students of Engineering, November 2017 
•    Invited Special Guest, International television broadcast and podcast, I24 International “Clear Cut” News Program segment on G-7 and Extremists. https://www.i24news.tv/en/tv/replay/clearcut/x65hl2x October 2017
•    Invited Special Guest, International radio broadcast and podcast, SiGnOtHeTimes on Blogtalkradio.com to discuss my published book, October 2017 http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nupowerradionetwork/2017/09/27/signothetimes-live-author-dr-janice-collins-250-years-and-still-a-slave 
•    Invited Mistress of Ceremony and Panel Moderator, “Women Making Waves Brunch and Panel Discussion,” Hawthorne Suites, Champaign, IL. An inspiring and energizing leadership event centered around the need for more women in politics, October 2017
•    Nominated and Selected as a Presenter for “Dear World” Global Presentation of Inclusion and De-Marginalization sponsored by Inclusion and Intercultural Organization representing UIUC during IUnite Week, September-December 2017. Dear World has photographed over 50,000 thousand people all around the world.
•    Invited Paper Presenter, IJEA 2017 Conference, “Broadcasting and the magic of multimedia, UIUC. September 2017
•    Invited Workshop Organizer and Presenter, "Being Empowered from Marginalized Spaces: Get Engaged!" framed by A.C.E. sponsored by the Department of Chemistry, Women in Chemistry, August 26, 2017  
•    Research Paper Presenter, “Advertising and the F-Word: What’s race, sexuality, gender identity, and ethnicity got to do with it?” AEJMC National Conference 2017, August 2017
•    Research Paper Presenter/Moderator, “Are we part of the problem or the solution? Teaching for Change: Addressing Marginalization in College Classrooms and newsrooms through Leadership Development and A.CE. ,” AEJMC National Conference 2017, August 2017
•    Invited Panelist, “Modern America Media: Entertaining a Divided Nation,” Active Centralized Empowerment, Global Institute for Secondary Educators, June 29, 2017 UIUC
•    Invited Workshop Organizer and Facilitator, “Activating your Voice of Inclusion in the Media with Active Centralized Empowerment,” Illini 2017 4-H Illini Summer Academies, June 26-29.
•    Organizer and Facilitator, Panel Moderator, Chancellor and Provost sponsored Symposium, “Campus Forum on Climate, Race and Ethnicity” by the Committee on Race and Ethnicity (CORE) and Panel, “Issues, Challenges, and Solutions: Hear My Voice on De-Marginalizing the Marginalized,” with Active Centralized Empowerment, April 2017 
•    Invited Speaker, Illini Film Festival, “Art and Activism: What Responsibility Do Artists Have in Activism and Social Justice?” April 2017 
•    Invited Speaker, “Certain Uncertainty: Higher Education in the Trump Era,” Black Graduate Student Association, April 2017
•    Invited Speaker, “Hear My Voice,” partnership and collaboration, website publication of Inclusion and Gullah presentation, Carrie Busey Elementary School, Champaign, Illinois, February 2017
•    Research Paper Presenter, “Active Centralized Empowerment: A Practice of De-Marginalization in the Classroom and Community,” Cultural Impact National Conference 2017: Resiliency and healing in the Aftermath of Violence in Marginalized Communities, Chicago, March 2017 
•    Invited Speaker and Panelist, “Women’s March, Intersectionality, and Pursuit of Gender Equality,” and Active Centralized Empowerment, Black Law Students Association, UIUC, February 2017
•    Invited Keynote Speaker, “A Taste of Gullah for Families,” showing of my documentary, “A Taste of Gullah,” Urbana Public Library, sponsored by Krannert Center for Performing Arts, The Rotary Club of Urbana, The YMCA of the University of Illinois, February 2017 
•    Invited Keynote Speaker, Proud Culture, African Roots, showing of my documentary, “A Taste of Gullah,” Urbana Public Library, sponsored by Krannert Center for Performing Arts, The Rotary Club of Urbana, The YMCA of the University of Illinois, February 2017 
•    Invited Speaker, “Hear My Voice,” partnership and collaboration, website publication of Inclusion, Edison Middle School, Champaign, Illinois, February 2017
•    Invited Workshop Director, “I’m in Charge! Dealing with Conflict from Marginalized Spaces!” with Active Centralized Empowerment, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Teacher’s Assistant Graduate Academy, sponsored by Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, January 2017
•    “Hear My Voice for Healing” Event Coordinator/Moderator, In response to recent reports of threatening acts towards students on campus and in the community, and the continued mission for the U of I campus to be a Learning Space of Inclusion and Respect of Diverse Voices, The Registered Organization “Hear My Voice” held an open forum for discussion, healing, and support. Community and Campus Participant.  “Let Us Hear Your Voice: Coming together in Peace and Positive Proaction.” Hear My Voice is a cross-disciplines, collaborative group of students, faculty and staff. Lincoln Hall, Bi-monthly beginning November 2016 
•    Invited Panelist, “Surviving through Solidarity: A Discussion of Black, Brown & Indigenous Experience,” sponsored by Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, November 2016 
•    Special Invitation to Present “Hear My Voice” website and organization collaboration, 2016 Business Leadership Conference: Leading in a Diverse Workplace, hosted by the University of Illinois MBA Women in Business Club, UIUC, November 2016 
•    Invited Paper Panelist, “Addressing Difference in Positive and Empowering Ways,” A.C.E. framed, FAA Diversity and Inclusion Workshop, UIUC, October 2016 
•    Invited Keynote Speaker, “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Race Relations and Reflection,” for the NEH traveling exhibit, “For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights,” Eastern Illinois University, September 2016
•    Invited Speaker, 9th Annual Just for Youth Conference, 2 Presentations, sponsored by The Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Presents, “Youth in Crisis-Actively Centralize Yourself and Be Empowered,” & “I AM,” Lakeshore Hotel, Chicago, September 2016 
•    Invited Workshop Director, Teachers’ Assistant Academy, Invited by Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, “I’m in Charge: De-Marginalization with Active Centralized Empowerment,” Teacher’s Assistant Graduate Academy, August 2016
•    Invited Panelist, “Diversity in the Classroom,” A.C.E. framed, Link Gallery, UIUC, August 2016
•    Invited Speaker, “250 Years and Still a Slave: Active Centralized Empowerment, A new way of thinking and performing ,” focused on book publication, Inn of Chicago, July 2016
•    Invited Panelist, “Modern American Media - Entertaining a Divided Nation,” with Active Centralized Empowerment, sponsored by the Global Institute for Secondary Educators/U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. July 2016 
•    Facilitator, Press Pass Summer Camp, “Developing Leadership and Inclusivity within a Collective with Active Centralized Empowerment,” June 24-July 1, 2016
•    Invited Presenter/Accepted Peer-Reviewed Paper, “Teaching Without Borders: Active Centralized Empowerment,” Twelfth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, UIUC, May 2016 
•    Invited Speaker after winning, “Best Documentary,” in the Garifuna Indigenous International Film Festival in Venice, California, April 2016. This was a peer-reviewed competition. The title of my winning documentary is “A Taste of Gullah.” 
•    Invited Keynote Speaker, Unite Our Campus: Stand up for Accurate Media Representation, a large-scale rally towards fair media representation, UIUC, April 16 2016
•    Invited Panelist & Paper Presenter, BEA National Conference, “Don't Bury the Lede(rship): Preparing Today's Students to Become Tomorrows Producers, Directors and Editors,” May 2016, Las Vegas, NV.
•    Discussion Facilitator, “Race Taboo,” ARC, UIUC, Champaign, Illinois, 2016
•    Invited Presenter, “Music and Politics: Making the World Go ‘Round,” MediaPalooza Conference Presentation, UIUC, March 2016
•    Invited Panelist, “Dancing with Race and Social Justice,” with Active Centralized Empowerment, Dance Department Faculty Retreat, UIUC, March 2016
•    Invited Keynote Speaker, “Active Centralized Empowerment in Today’s Society and Cultural Politics,” African American Heritage Month, Eastern Illinois University, February 8, 2016
•    Invited Paper Presenter, Faculty Development Workshop, “Teaching without Borders using Active Centralized Empowerment,” Eastern Illinois, University, February 8, 2016
•    Invited Panelist, “When Black Girls Speak,” Urbana Public Library, February 2016
•    Invited Panelist, “Bound: African vs. African American,” UIUC, Documentary, February 2016
•    Invited Panelist, “Saving Our Lives, Hear Our Truth (SOLHOT), The Creative Potential of Black Girlhood, Urbana Public Library, sponsored by Education at Illinois, February 2016
•    Invited Presenter, “I’m in Charge! Teaching, Learning and De-Marginalization,” with Active Centralized Empowerment, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, Teachers Assistants Academy Training, January 14, 2016, UIUC
•    Invited Presenter, “Journey to My Mother’s Land,” Connecting Communities, Urbana Rotary Club, Champaign, 2016
•    Invited Langston Hughes Visiting Professorship, The University of Kansas, 2016
•    Invited Workshop Presenter, “I’m in Charge! Dealing with Conflict from Marginalized Spaces! Active Centralized Empowerment,” Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Teacher’s Assistant Graduate Academy, sponsored by CITL, January 2016
•    Invited Presenter, “De-Marginalization and Empowerment in the Classroom and Life with Active Centralized Empowerment,” ESPY, 2015
•    Invited Presenter, “Self-Identification and Location and the issue of Power,” African Studies Brown Bag, showing excerpts of documentary series, UIUC, 2015 
•    Invited Panelist, “Hear Our Truth,” Book Critical Discussion and Review, UIUC, 2015.
•    Invited Paper Presenter, “Ace’ing It,” EPSY 200, Career Theory and Practice, December 8, 2015
•    Invited Presenter: Chicago, “Diverse Voices through Active Centralized Empowerment,” http://socialmediaweek.org/chicago/events/diverse-voices-active-centralized-empowerment/, November 19, 2015. 
•    Invited Presenter and Panelist Moderator, Social Media Week: Chicago,  “Diverse voices, Active Centralized Empowerment and Independent Media” and “Independent Media in the Digital Age,” http://socialmediaweek.org/chicago/events/independent-media-digital-age/, November 19, 2015. 
•    Invited Research Cultural Panelist, Victory Gardens Theatre, “Breaking Through the Line,” Oct. 13, 2015.
•    Invited Presenter, Counseling Psychology Brown Bag Symposium. “Empowering and De-Marginalizing Self with Active Centralized Empowerment,” Oct. 21, 2015 
•    Invited Workshop Presenter, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, Nov. 11, 2015, UIUC, “Teaching without Borders with Active Centralized Empowerment for Professors”
•    Invited Presenter, “Journey to My Mother’s Land: Relocating and De-Marginalizing Self,” Brown Bag Lecture Series sponsored by the Center for African Studies, Dec. 2, 2015
•    Invited Speaker, Presenter, National Illinois Journalism Education Association Conference (IJEA) 2015, Urbana, IL, “Stand by! Producing your own Newscast”
•    Invited Presenter, Graduate Academy for College Teaching 2015, sponsored by Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning, UIUC, “I’m in Charge! Dealing with Conflict from Marginalized Spaces!” with Active Centralized Empowerment
•    Invited Blog Contributor, “Come walk with me,” blog article focused on Trayvon Martin and Race Relations, http://uprootingcriminology.org/blogs/come-walk/.  “Uprootingcriminology.org,” a critical social justice collective at Eastern Kentucky University dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the dialectics of crime, justice and social harm, 2015
•    Invited Presenter, “Food for the Soul Series,” sponsored by the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR) Lunch on Us series. Presented Active Centralized Empowerment. 2015
•    Invited Book Reading and Signing, “250 Years and Still a Slave,” Peacewerks Center for Well-Being, July, 2015
•    Invited Book Reading and Signing, “250 Years and Still a Slave,” Opn-Door Communications, August, 2015
•    Invited Book Reading and Signing, “250 Years and Still a Slave,” New York Fashion Week, LGBT, EMI Music Publishing, Sept., 2015
•    Moderator, Graduate Students Track, “Preparing to Enter the Academy,” and Faculty Track, “Faculty Development Workshop” FWCA National Conference 2014
•    Invited Guest Commentator, News Gazette, Journalists must do their homework, http://www.news-gazette.com/opinion/guest-commentary/2014-11-30/journalists-must-do-their-homework.html  2014
•    Invited Conference Paper Presenter, National AEJMC Conference 2014, Canada, “J-School Gender Gap: Causes and Impacts”
•    Presenter, National Illinois Journalism Education Association (IJEA) Conference, 2014, Urbana, IL, “Stand by! Producing your own Newscast!”
•    Invited Presenter, Graduate Academy for College Teaching 2014, sponsored by Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning, UIUC, “Your first teaching gig? Nervous? Anxious? No Problem. Let’s get you Empowered!” with Active Centralized Empowerment
•    Conference Presenter, “Developing Leadership and Self-Empowerment within a Collective,” with Active Centralized Empowerment, Illinois Leadership Research Conference, 2014
•    Author, Conference Paper Presenter, “Black Images in the White Mind: Imitation of Real Life,” National Council on Black Studies Conference, 2014
•    Invited Article Contributor, “Journey to My Mother’s Land,” Illinois International Review, UIUC, http://international.illinois.edu/iir/Fall2014/journey.html. 2014
•    Invited Keynote Speaker/Presenter, “Are you ready to be Free?” African American Heritage Month, Eastern Illinois University, 2014
•    Op-ed Contributor, News-Gazette, “Media vs. Journalism: In the name of Justice and Integrity, do your homework!” in response to Bill Cosby’s rape allegations, 2014
•    Invited Panelist, “Do the Right Thing” and Race Relations, Art Theatre, Champaign, Il. Sponsored by The Art Theatre Co-op. 2014 
•    Presenter, Documentary-Series, “Journey to My Mother’s Land” as part of the Journalism Department’s Strategic Planning Process, 2014
•    Presenter, “Constructing Racism through Editing: Is it really possible?” National Illinois Journalism Education Association (IJEA) Conference 2013
•    Invited Paper Presenter, “Professional Divides II: Journalists and anthropologists in continuing conversation about language, news practice, and social impact,” American Anthropological Association Conference 2013
•    Keynote Co-Presenter, “Talking Trayvon: Race, Media, and the Politics of Spectacle,” UICCC Conference, sponsored by the Graduate Students Organization of the Institute of Communications Research, the Institute of Communications Research, and the College of Media, 2013
•    Invited Guest/Tom Joyner Morning Show with Jacque Reid, “Jacque Reid goes ‘Inside Her Story’ with Dr. Janice Collins, discussed Obama’s focus on gay rights and its comparison to the Civil Rights Movement of African-Americans, 2013. The Tom Joyner Morning Show is the #1 syndicated urban morning show reaching 8 million listeners. http://mymajicdc.hellobeautiful.com/3137165/jacque-reid-goes-inside-her-story-with-dr-janice-collins/
•    Invited Paper Presenter/Panelist, Eastern Illinois University Women’s History and Awareness Month, “Torqued by History: Appropriating a Woman’s Image: The Lynching of Anita Hill,” sponsored by WHAM committee and the English and History Departments, 2013
•    Invited Panelist, EIU READS, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, 2012
•    Invited Presenter and Facilitator, College of Arts and Humanities, Making Excellence Inclusive, 2012
•    Invited Panelist, Faculty Development, Integrative Learning Techniques, 2012
•    Presenter, “Black Men and Women: Recovering from Self-Hatred” sponsored by EIUnity Diversity Conference 2011
•    Presenter,  “Backpack Journalism Basics” sponsored by Illinois Community College Journalism Association 2011
•    Invited Speaker, ACTS Campus Ministry, 2011
•    Invited Guest Speaker, “Leadership and Self Esteem,” 2011 Taylor Hall
•    Invited Guest Speaker, “Self Esteem of Marginalized Groups,” Douglas Hall Executive Board 2011
•    Moderator, Debate “The Future of Africana Studies,” Sponsored by African American Heritage Month Committee 2011
•    Presenter, “Last Lecture,” sponsored by the College of Student Affairs 2011
•    Presenter, 2nd Annual Urban Prep Senior Class Retreat-“Teaching the College Experience” 2011 
•    Presenter, “Letter to My Little Sister,” HIV Awareness and Prevention, sponsored by Minority Student Health 2011
•    Moderator, “The Bullying Project: Bridging Voices in our Community,” Sponsored by Dr. Pearson and the School of Education 2011
•    Presenter, EIUnity Diversity Conference, “Black Men and Women: Recovering from Self-Hatred” 2011
•    Presenter, An Understanding of Self-Empowerment: The Power to Break You Free” sponsored by Thomas Hall 4 South Presents…2011
•    Invited Presenter, “Last Lecture” for University Board Leadership Legacy Lecture series 2011
•    Invited Guest Speaker, Graduate Internship Leadership class 2011, Last Lecture Revisited, invited by Dr. Eberly and Jacob Hanley, Buzzard Hall
•    Presenter, “Classroom Experience” for Genesis High School visitation as part of Media and Recruiting Day for EIU, Communications Studies and WEIU 2011 
•    Presenter, 2nd Annual Urban Prep Senior Class Retreat-“Teaching the College Experience” 2011
•    Presenter, Student Code of Conduct, Journalism Department Welcoming Ceremony, 2011
•    Invited Participant, “Conversations with the Provost” 2010
•    Author, Conference Presenter, Difficult Dialogues II, “Women of Color, Shifting the Frames,” National Women’s Studies Association, November 2010, Denver, Colorado 
•    Author, Conference Presenter, Accepted Paper, BEA National Convention, Less Equals More? The status of women in broadcasting, 2010
•    Invited Panelist, “EIU from Different Perspectives,” New Faculty Orientation Institute, 2010
•    Presenter/Guest Speaker, Women’s Studies Brown Bag Luncheon, Women and Leadership 2010
•    Presenter, Finding the Active Empowerment Within, EIUnity Diversity Conference 2010
•    Invited Presenter, ICCJA, Charleston, IL, September 2010, “Writing Stories Across the Platforms.”
•    Invited Panelist, “EIU from Different Perspectives,” New Faculty Orientation Institute, 2010
•    Moderator, Stop the Violence Town Hall Meeting, AAHM 2010
•    Moderator, Stephen Douglas Debate, University Event (EIU) 2010
•    Author, Conference Paper Presenter, AEJMC, Boston, MA., August 2009, Paper accepted, “Gonna Take You Higher! News Blogging in the 21st Century: A Quantitative Study.”
•    Invited Panelist, August 2009, Indianapolis, Society of Professional Journalists Conference, “From the Newsroom to the Classroom.”
•    Invited Presenter, ICCJA, Charleston, IL, September 2009, “Reporting Techniques.”
•    Invited Moderator, October, 2009, Illinois Broadcasters Association Conference, “One Man Bands in TV news.”
•    Invited Presenter, Keynote Speaker, Fourth Annual Access Granted Luncheon, February 2009
•    Invited Presenter, ICCJA, Charleston, Il, September 2008, “Off the Record,” The Benefits and Drawbacks of Anonymity in Journalism
•    Invited Moderator, IBA-U, Bloomington, Il, November 2008, “Producing News for Television and Beyond,” and “The Future of TV News”
•    Invited Presenter, AEJMC, Chicago IL., August 2008, Panelist on Anonymity in Journalism
•    Author, Conference Paper Presenter, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 2008, The National Women’s Studies Association: Resisting Hegemonies: Race and Sexual Politics in Nation, Region, Empire. Title of Paper, “Moving Towards a Global Feminism: Addressing the Great Divide.” 
•    Invited Presenter/Instructor, Guyana, South America, Summer 2008, Broadcast Journalism Seminar and Workshop, University of Guyana, South America, Sponsored by Ohio University and USAID.
•    Invited Presenter, Guest Lecturer, “Self-Empowerment: Finding the Power From Within.” Ohio University, May 2008. Baker Center at Ohio University. Sponsored by The Women’s Center. 
•    Invited Presenter, Guest Lecturer, “Make It Happen: Empowerment Starts From Within.” Ohio University, February, 2008. Baker Center at Ohio University during Empowered Women’s Week-sponsored by the Empowering Women of Ohio. 
•    Invited Presenter, Guest panelist on Women and Diversity, Ohio University, 2007
Sponsored by the College of Education.
•    Invited Presenter, Guest panelist on Women, Feminism; an Intergenerational Discussion, Ohio University, 2007, Sponsored by Feminist Action Together and Women’s Center.
•    Invited Presenter, Guest panelist on International Adoption and the Media, Ohio University, 2007
•    Presenter, moderator, and discussion leader on leadership, empowerment, and self-value in the personal and professional lives of women, Women’s Center, Ohio University, 2007
•    Author, Conference Paper Presenter, The New School, New York, April 2006, Critical Cultural Theories in Media Studies Conference, “Distorted Snapshots of Reality.” Focused on the image portrayal and role representation of Hispanic and Asian Americans in prime time commercials.

 

Selected Invited Speaking Engagements