Annual Conference Keynote Speaker
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Dr. Terrell Strayhorn is a leading authority in thefields of education, psychology, and leadership, internationally-known for his ground-breaking research and scholarship on sense of belonging. He has authored over 12 books and more than 200 academic publications in highly-regarded peer-reviewed journals and volumes, plus dozens of widely-circulated op-Eds, letters, and blogs. He is a contributing writer for Entrepreneur, AllBusiness, Thrive Global, and leads the “Belonging Matters” blog for Psychology Today.

Strayhorn currently serves as Professor of Education and Psychology at Virginia Union University, where he also works as Director in the Center for the Study of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Associate Provost for Faculty Development, and Principal Investigator of The Belonging Lab. He teaches courses, designs curricula, and/or supervises doctoral committees at several universities across the globe. A leading DEI expert with subject matter expertise in Lean Six Sigma (black
belt) and strategic planning, Strayhorn earned a bachelors degree from the University of Virginia (UVA), masters in education from UVA, masters in psychology from Indiana Tech, and doctorate (PhD) from Virginia Tech.

Driven by a genuine passion for helping others, Dr. Strayhorn has
dedicated his career to working with individuals from diverse, vulnerable, and system-impacted backgrounds. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and serves on several non-profit boards including Rainbow Labs, Career Analysis Organization of America, Oregon Outreach Inc., and Psychologists of Color, Inc., to name a few.

Post Reverse College Day / Pre Conference Workshop - Price Included in Registration

Lean into a Key-Shop! Dr. Laura De Veau, Principal & Founder of Fortify Associates, LLC and Visiting Assistant Professor for Education Leadership & Higher Education at the Lynch School of Education & Human Development at Boston College will be leading this 90 minute session: part inspirational keynote, part take-away friendly workshop. Higher Education has an opportunity to learn about our capacity for change, innovation and heightened student service. We’ve been through a crisis of epic proportions, but we’ve also shown just how flexible we can be. This session will provide participants with a look at their individual potential for reaching aspirational goals and how to leverage their skills to broadly benefit their institution. NEACARO members have mad skills. Now it’s time to fine tune them for the future.

Laura De Veau has worked in the field of higher education administration since 1989. Her expertise is in the areas of residence life, strategic planning, staff recruitment, leadership and student engagement, however, she considers herself a generalist and an individual who respects the importance of capable and visionary administration. De Veau served as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Mount Ida College from 2013 until its closure in May of 2018.