2022 Presenters and Panelists

  • Kevin Burke, PhD

    Kevin Burke.

    Associate professor, University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Deputy director, Energy Systems Integration Laboratory

    PhD in Electrical Engineering. Dr. Burke received the CSTEP Research Mentor of the Year Award and has been very involved in mentoring undergraduates in the McNair, CSTEP and LSAMP programs. He will discuss how you can build strong relationships with faculty and find supportive communities.

    Pre-Conference Workshop: Thriving in Graduate School

  • Graham Hammill, PhD

    Graham Hammill.

    Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School, University at Buffalo

    Graham Hammill is Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School. Before joining the Graduate School in 2015, he served as Chair of the English Department. He is the author of several books and numerous articles. 

    The Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs encompasses Undergraduate Education (including the Honors College, UB Curriculum, and the Experiential Learning Network); the Graduate School; Fellowships and Scholarships; Student Success and Academic Support Services (including the Cora P. Maloney Center, Exploratory and Pre-professional Advising and Finish in 4); the Center for Excellence in Writing; the Office of the Registrar; and the office of Curriculum, Assessment, and Teaching Transformation.  In addition, Academic Affairs is responsible for curricular program development and approval, assessment and program review, and academic support services to enhance undergraduate and graduate student access and success at all levels.

    Conference Welcome, Day 1

  • Kimberly Jones, JD, CAE

    Kimberly Jones.

    Executive Vice-President, Council for Opportunity in Education. (COE), Washington, D.C.

    With more than a decade of experience advocating for low-income, first-generation students and students of color, Kimberly Jones has established herself as a credible voice within policy circles in Washington, DC. Currently, Kimberly serves as the Executive Vice President at the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE). In this role,she oversees the day-to-day operations of the Council, including representation of students served by the Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Department of Education, and all government agencies; oversight of the program and professional development offerings for college access and success professionals; the organization’s fiscal policies and information technology; and the development and implementation of all print and digital communications of COE.  

    Prior to joining COE, Kimberly was an associate in the communications practice group at the law firm of Dow Lohnes, PLLC (now Cooley LLP), where she advised clients on a variety of broadcast and media law issues.  

    As a result of her expertise in the areas of higher education, congressional relations, and grassroots mobilization, Kimberly has been featured in publications such as the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and Diverse Issues in Higher Education and has delivered remarks at convenings by Comcast, NAACP, LULAC and other notable organizations. She is an inaugural advisory board member for Black History 365, a comprehensive textbook and curriculum guide designed for students and educators that spans the breadth of Black American history, and volunteers with DC Family & Youth Initiative, an organization that provides mentorship and support for young people in and aging out of the foster care system in the Washington, DC metro area.

    Kimberly has served in leadership roles within various professional and civic organizations, including the Committee for Education Funding, of which she served as president and the National Bar Association, for which she chaired the Legislation Standing Committee.

    Kimberly is a 2000 graduate of Yale University and a 2004 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center. In 1999, she was named a Harry S. Truman Scholar. In 2016, Kimberly was named one of the "40 Under 40 Nation's Best Advocates" by the National Bar Association and also received the organization’s Excellence in Activism Award. In 2018, she was selected for the Diversity Executive Leadership Program sponsored by ASAE, the American Society of Association Executives. In 2021, Kimberly earned the Certified Association Executive credential from ASAE.

    Program Director's Meeting: Access and Equity within a Changing Landscape: A Federal View of Current Higher Education Policy.

  • Richard Linares, PhD

    Richard Linares.

    Assistant professor, MIT

    PhD in Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. Dr. Linares will share strategies, from the faculty perspective, on what graduate students can do to thrive in a doctoral program.

    Pre-Conference Workshop: Thriving in Graduate School

  • Lee Melvin

    Lee Melvin.

    Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, University at Buffalo

    Lee H. Melvin is the vice provost for enrollment management at the University at Buffalo. He serves on the president and provost leadership teams and is responsible for leading, developing, articulating and implementing an enrollment management strategy with the primary vision of maintaining academic momentum and moving UB to higher levels of institutional distinction. Melvin oversees the offices of financial aid, undergraduate and graduate admissions, international enrollment, Arthur O. Eve Educational Opportunity Program, marketing and communications and 1Capen.

    Melvin came to UB from Cornell University, where he was the associate vice provost for enrollment management. Prior appointments included his service as the vice president for enrollment management and director of admissions at the University of Connecticut.

    Melvin has extensive experience in creating and implementing strategic enrollment plans and in developing and managing data-driven strategies that leverage financial aid. He has expertise in the use of predictive modeling software and is nationally recognized as an expert in strategic marketing, recruiting and yield programs.

    He is a member of numerous professional and national organizations, including the National Association of College Admission Counseling, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, College Board and the National Association of Graduate Enrollment Management. Melvin is also a founding member of the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success.

    Melvin earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Houston Baptist University and a master’s degree in music from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

    Conference Welcome, Day 1

  • Rasheen Powell, PhD

    Rasheen Powell.

    Postdoctoral fellow, Boston Children’s Hospital

    PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology. Dr. Powell’s current research focuses on the neurobiology of pain. He will discuss the transition from the PhD to the postdoc and how he found community and support.

    Pre-Conference Workshop: Thriving in Graduate School

  • Despina Stratigakos, PhD

    Despina Stratigakos.

    Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence, University at Buffalo

    Despina Stratigakos, PhD, is a writer, historian and professor. Her research explores how power and ideology function in architecture, whether in the creation of domestic spaces or world empires. She is the author of four books. 

    • Hitler’s Northern Utopia: Building the New Order in Occupied Norway (2020) examines how Nazi architects and planners envisioned and began to construct a model “Aryan” society in Norway during World War II. 
    • Where Are the Women Architects? (2016), confronts the challenges women face in the architectural profession. 
    • Hitler at Home (2015) investigates the architectural and ideological construction of the Führer’s domesticity.
    • A Women’s Berlin: Building the Modern City (2008), which traces the history of a forgotten female metropolis, won the German Studies Association DAAD Book Prize and the Milka Bliznakov Prize. 

    Stratigakos has served as a director of the Society of Architectural Historians, an advisor of the International Archive of Women in Architecture at Virginia Tech, a trustee of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, and deputy director of the Gender Institute at the University at Buffalo. She also participated on Buffalo’s municipal task force for diversity in architecture and was a founding member of the Architecture and Design Academy, an initiative of the Buffalo Public Schools to encourage design literacy and academic excellence. 

    Stratigakos received her PhD from Bryn Mawr College and taught at Harvard University and the University of Michigan before joining the Department of Architecture at the University at Buffalo. During the 2016-17 academic year, she was in residence as a member of the Institute for Advance Study in Princeton.

    Conference Welcome, Day 2