Plenary Session Speakers

Friday Morning Plenary Session:
Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, PhD

Marcelo Suárez-Orozco is Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts, Boston. His research focuses on conceptual and empirical problems in the areas of cultural psychology and psychological anthropology with a focus on the study of mass migration, globalization and education. He is the author of numerous scholarly essays, award-winning books and edited volumes published by Harvard University Press, Stanford University Press, University of California Press, Cambridge University Press, Columbia University Press and others.

In his address, Dr. Suárez-Orozco will draw upon his personal history and expertise to explore the connection between this year's conference theme and his expertise to uncover insights applicable to the field of higher education.

The Friday Morning Plenary Session is sponsored by:

UMass Boston. College of Education & Human Development

Saturday Morning Plenary Session:
Adam Gismondi, PhD and Demetri Morgan, PhD

"Democracy Re/Designed" led by Dr. Adam Gismondi, Tufts University, and Dr. Demetri Morgan, Loyola University, will explore a framework for envisioning an aspirational democracy in the United States and its impact on the future of higher education.

Dr. Gismondi, serves as Director of Impact at the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University's Tisch College of Civic Life. He leads partnerships for the office, communications, and theory-to-practice resources. His research looks at democracy, digital platforms, and education, and his doctoral dissertation focused on how college student social media use impacts student civic learning and engagement.

Dr. Morgan is an Assistant Professor in the Higher Education Program at Loyola University. His research agenda's driving thrust is exploring the relationship between postsecondary education institutions and political and democratic implications for minoritized groups. Accordingly, Dr. Morgan centers the pursuit of equity in all of his projects with a commitment to research and practice that cultivates moves towards realizing increased democratic engagement facilitated by postsecondary education institutions living more fully into their espoused missions.

The Saturday Morning Plenary Session is sponsored by:

ASHE Presidential Address (Thursday Morning):
Ana M. Martínez-Alemán, EdD

Dr. Ana M. Martínez-Alemán is Professor of Education and Associate Dean of Faculty and Academics at Boston College and the 2023 President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE).

In her Presidential Address, "Higher Education Research: Geographies Beyond the Front Yard," will highlight how as higher education researchers, we bear a responsibility to tend to the current state of our research and to the outlook for its future in light of its various purposes, the politics that inform these purposes, and the practices they expose. Dr. Martínez-Alemán asks us to reflect on and consider—as artists and poets would—the stories our research tells and the possibilities that our research tapers. How do we tend to the established geographies of our research—the roses in the “front yard”—and inquire into the “rough and untended” unknowns?

The 48th Annual General Conference Opening Session and Presidential Address is sponsored by:

USC Rossier School of Education