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Morning Keynote Address - 9:00 am - 10:05 am

Welcome – Dr. Curtis Lewis

Keynote Address: Dr. Karlin Tichenor


Dr. Karlin James Tichenor believes in positively impacting the lives of others, namely marginalized communities, in social emotional and psychological wellness. He was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana where he graduated from Pike High School. He received his undergraduate degree in 2009 from Denison University in Communication Arts with a minor in Psychology as a scholar-athlete. During his tenure at Denison University, he founded the Boys to Men Mentoring Program in a local school district as a partnership with the University. He received his Master of the Arts degree, with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Michigan State University in 2011 and his doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Couple and Family Therapy in 2016.

Dr. Tichenor is a clinical scholar. As a researcher, he has investigated the Promoting Academic Success Program (PAS) for minority males and the efficacy of this program on the matriculation of these students from high school and post secondary education. He has also worked with the FirstSchools Intervention which is a project focusing on diminishing the ethnic/racial achievement gap between majority and minority youth through the development of partnerships between program staff, families, and schools in the context of Michigan. As well, he is a two-term minority fellow through the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Minority Fellowship Program, where he completed two quantitative studies on how at-risk minority males talk about themselves, their lives, and the influence of contextual factors on relationship maintenance for African American couples. He is also a King Chavez Parks (KCP) Future Faculty Fellow for the State of Michigan and Michigan State University. His dissertation focus was a study entitled “The Sociohistorical Influences on Coupling: The Barriers to Developing and Maintaining a Healthy, Rewarding Relationship for African American Couples.” In addition to his work mentioned above, Dr. Tichenor has been involved in a wide range of other activities through University Outreach and Engagement, the McNair program, and 4H.

Over the years, Dr. Tichenor has worked in the Lansing School District in Lansing, Michigan as the developer and Director of the Behavior Intervention Monitor Program, as a Student Services Specialist, and the Director of Project Prevent— a federally funded grant to increase school-based and community-based mental health services for students and families. Additionally, he has performed as the director of the Academic Intergenerational Mentoring Program (AIM High) through the City of Lansing and the Department of University Outreach and Engagement at Michigan State University, the Coordinator of the Culturally Responsive Positive Behavior Intervention Support (CRPBIS) initiative, the Director of the Student Support Specialist Program, the Executive Director and Associate Superintendent for the Lansing School District, a Fixed Term Assistant Professor at Michigan State University in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, and an Adjunct Professor at Siena Heights University in the Mental Health Counseling Program.

Most recently in 2019, Dr. Tichenor embarked on a new mission within his hometown of Indianapolis. He was recently the Director of Social Emotional Health at the Indiana Youth Institute until 2021 and is now the founder and CEO of Karlin J & Associates consulting firm, an Adjunct Professor at Butler University, an Adjunct Professor at Abilene Christian University – Dallas, and the senior partner and co-founder of Family Links, a social services agency. He is the loving father to a daughter, Kaiden Marie Tichenor, and the proud husband to Mrs. Stephanie Tichenor. He believes in the benefit of community collaboration, the power of education and positive role models for youth development, and the importance of family unity.

Content-Specific Breakout Sessions - 10:15 am - 11:45 am
Silver Moore – Tenacious Joy: Clapback Pedagogy in SS/ELA Education – Rm. ERC
Jessie Feliz – Classroom Synergy: Cultivating Joy for ‘Errbody – Rm. 218
Joseph Hines II – Equanimity: Fostering Wellness and Equity Through Restorative Practices
– Rm. 236
Lunch - 11:50 am - 12:40 pm

Lunch is served in the Atrium.

Enjoy the sounds of DJ MartyB on the Pavilion!

Afternoon Keynote Address - 12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

Dr. April Baker-Bell – Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacy, Identity, and Pedagogy

Dr. April BAKER-BELL is an award-winning transdisciplinary teacher-researcher-activist and Associate Professor of Language, Culture, and Justice in Education at the University of Michigan in the Marsal Family School of Education. She is faculty in Educational Studies and the Joint Program in English and Education (JPEE). Baker-Bell was formerly an Associate Professor of Language, Literacy, and English Education at Michigan State University (MSU) and an Adjunct Associate Professor at MSU’s Center for Bioethics and Social Justice in the College of Human Medicine.

Dr. Baker- Bell is an international leader in conversations on Black Language education, and her research interrogates the intersections of Black Language and literacies, anti-Black racism, and antiracist pedagogies. Dr. Baker-Bell’s latest research project involves collaborating with healthcare scholars and researchers to develop, implement and study antiracist medical curriculum interventions that support healthcare professionals with developing an antiracist praxis for confronting and reducing racial bias and anti-Black racism in medical and healthcare institutions.

Baker-Bell’s award- winning book, Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacy, Identity, and Pedagogy, brings together theory, research, and practice to dismantle Anti-Black Linguistic Racism (a term Baker-Bell coined) and white linguistic supremacy. The book provides ethnographic snapshots of how Black students navigate and negotiate their linguistic and racial identities across multiple contexts, and it captures what Antiracist Black Language Pedagogy looks like in community with Black youth. Linguistic Justice features a range of multimodal examples and practices through instructional maps, charts, artwork, and stories that reflect the urgent need for antiracist language pedagogies in our current social and political climate.

Baker-Bell is the recipient of many awards and fellowships, including the 2021 Coalition for Community Writing Outstanding Book Award, the 2021 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s New Directions Fellowship, the 2021 Michigan State University’s Community Engagement Scholarship Award and the 2021 Distinguished Partnership Award for Community-Engaged Creative Activity, the 2020 NCTE George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language, the 2020 Theory Into Practice Article of the Year Award, the 2019 Michigan State University Alumni Award for Innovation & Leadership in Teaching and Learning, the 2018 AERA Language and Social Processes Early Career Scholar Award, and many more.




Wellness Hour Sessions - 1:35 pm - 2:35 pm
Yoga Sessions (30 Minutes)
Beginners – Rm 236 – 1:35 – 2:05
Free Movement – On the Pavilion – 2:15 – 2:45
Massage (10 Minutes)
– By appointment (Check personal schedule)
Skincare Consultation Session (45 minutes)
Room ERC – 1:35

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