Wednesday, February 7, 2024 | 3:00-4:30 PM Central Time
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Racial identity is much more than appearance, biology or DNA. It is established through community, cultural, familial and societal frameworks and experiences that shape one's identity beyond what is reflected in a mirror. For many multi-racial Americans, identity tends to evolve and for many this evolution comes through extensive traumas when one realizes that how society defines us is often more important than our personal definitions. Moreover, for many Black adolescents raised in a predominately white family and community are unprepared for the realities of white supremacy and institutional racism that one faces when they leave the cocoon of their community.
Adam A. Smith, MEd
Adam A. Smith is a first-generation college graduate who has dedicated his almost three-decade career to ensuring college access and success for all Americans. He served as the founding Director of the TRIO Upward Bound program at Rock Valley College and later as the college's Dean of Students. He taught both undergraduate and graduate level courses at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, and was appointed to serve as the City of Rockford's (IL) "Education Czar" to former mayor Lawrence J. Morrissey. Adam worked at Metropolitan State University as Director of Multicultural, American Indian and Retention Services, The University of Alabama as Director of Undergraduate Academic Advising and Student Success and at The University of Akron as Assistant Vice President of Student Success.
He also has undergraduate admissions experience from his time at The University of Tennessee. Smith currently works at the University of Kentucky as Executive Director for University Advising, where he leads campus-wide advising and retention efforts. Adam has a vibrant public speaking and educational consulting firm, Adam A. Smith & Associates and the host of Get Uncomfortable, the podcast about race, politics, religion and all the things we avoid discussing at the holiday dinner table and in mixed company. Adam has built successful coalitions and initiatives that have transformed high school graduation rates, college enrollment and success for students throughout the nation.
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