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Cultural Competence Summit

Cultural Competence Summit

Frequently Asked Questions

IVC’s first Cultural Competence Summit will be held on April 15, 2016. Admission is free, and breakfast, lunch and an afternoon reception are included. Read on to learn more about this exciting opportunity.

What is cultural competence?

Cultural competence was defined by psychology professor Alexis Abernathy as a dynamic process of framing assumptions, knowledge and meaning from a cultural perspective different from one’s own; this allows professionals to work effectively in cross cultural situations. This skill is critical in learning environments.

Abernathy, A. (2005). Increasing the cultural proficiency of clinical managers. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, (33), 81-93.

Who should attend this summit?

All IVC students, staff and faculty, as well as members of the community and area institutions, are invited to the Cultural Competence Summit. They will learn skills, techniques and attitudes that are crucial for success in today’s diverse world, as well as how to support students by closing the achievement gap.

What is the schedule for the day?

  The schedule is as follows:
​  7:30-8:45 am: ​Check-in and Breakfast
​  8:50-9 am: ​Welcome and Introductions
​  9-9:15 am: ​Presenters’ Welcome and Presentation Highlights
​  9:15 am-Noon: ​Kimberly Papillon, Esq., "The Neuroscience of Decision Making in Higher Education: Effective, Impartial, and Accurate”
  ​Noon-12:55 pm: ​Lunch
​  1-2:25 pm: Breakout Session A1: Dr. Tyrone Howard, “Why Race and Culture Matter: Equity and Access for All Students”

Breakout Session A2: Dr. Frank Harris III and Dr. J. Luke Wood, “Men of Color in the Community College: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities”
​  2:30-3:50 pm: Breakout Session B1: Dr. Tyrone Howard, “Why Race and Culture Matter: Equity and Access for All Students” (Repeat Presentation)

Breakout Session B2: Dr. Frank Harris III and Dr. J. Luke Wood, “Teaching and Learning for Community College Men of Color: A Focus on Institutional Responsibility and Accountability”
​  4-5 pm: ​Closing Reception and Book Signing

How do I sign up to attend?

To attend, register at the following link:

Speaker Biographies

Kimberly Papillon, Esq. is a nationally recognized expert on the subject of decision-making in law, education, business and medicine. She has served as regular faculty at the National Judicial College since 2005. She has delivered over 200 lectures nationally and internationally on the implications of neuroscience, psychology and implicit association in the analysis of decision-making. She has lectured to medical students and medical school faculty, as well as physicians nationwide and in Australia on the neuroscience of decision-making in differential diagnosis and treatment. She has provided presentations to multiple audiences including Kaiser Permanente, Health Care Partners, California Association of Physician Groups, and Michigan State University School of Medicine. She has been appointed to the Georgetown University “think tank” for physician education at the National Center for Cultural Competence.

She has provided presentations to the judges of the High Court of New Zealand, the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia, the Caribbean Association of Judicial Organizations, the U.S. National Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, the D.C. Court of Appeals, the United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit and the Tenth Circuit, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and numerous other national judicial organizations. She has delivered lectures to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the United States Department of Justice, the United States Department of Education and the judiciaries of over 20 states including New York, California, Texas, Idaho, Louisiana, Arkansas, Indiana, Tennessee, Utah, Nebraska, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Vermont, Washington, Ohio, Arizona, Alaska, North Dakota and New Mexico. She regularly lectures to attorneys in private firms and corporations. She lectures to state bar associations nationwide as well as prosecutors, public defenders and police officers throughout the U.S.

She has been appointed to the National Center for State Courts, National Training Team on Implicit Bias a “think tank” for national judicial education. She has produced documentaries on neuroscience and judicial decision-making which have received national recognition. Her documentary on neuroscience and implicit association was made the centerpiece of the American Bar Association’s implicit bias education program for the Litigation Section. She is a member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society.

Ms. Papillon is an attorney who previously served as a Senior Educator for the California Judicial Council. Prior to that she worked as an attorney in large law firms representing Fortune 500 Companies, government entities and tech start-ups. Kimberly has a BA degree from U.C. Berkeley and a JD degree from Columbia University School of Law.

Dr. Tyrone Howard is a professor at UCLA in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies' Urban Schooling division. He is the Director of Center X, which is a consortium of school professionals dedicated to improving urban schools and communities. Howard is also the founder and Director of the UCLA Black Male Institute, which is an entity concerned with improving educational outcomes and life chances for Black males. Howard's research is primarily concerned with academic achievement of youth in urban schools. His work has centered on the achievement gap facing African American and other culturally diverse students, and the importance of providing teachers the skills and knowledge to assist them in reversing persistent underachievement.

Howard has also done research and writing on the influence of culture on learning, critical race theory and urban education. His research has been published in a number of high-profile journals such as Teachers College Record, The Journal of Higher Education, Urban Education, The Journal of Teacher Education and The Journal of Negro Education. He was recently recognized by the American Educational Research Association with an Early Career Contribution Award for his research and scholarship on the social context of education.

In 2007, he received the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies Distinguished Teaching Award. Howard has been a contributor on National Public Radio, and is an educational expert for The New York Times. Howard's bestselling book, Why Race and Culture Matters: Closing the Achievement Gap in America's Classroom's was published by Teachers College Press in 2010.

Howard received a BA from the University of California, Irvine, an MA in education from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and a PhD from the University of Washington.

Dr. Frank Harris III is an associate professor of postsecondary education at San Diego State University. His research is broadly focused on student development and student success in postsecondary education and explores questions related to the social construction of gender and race on college campuses, college men and masculinities, and racial/ethnic disparities in college student outcomes. Harris has authored or co-authored more than 40 scholarly publications. Harris' scholarship has been published in leading journals for higher education and student affairs research and practice, including: Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Men's Studies, Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, Qualitative Research, Journal of Negro Education and the Community College Journal of Research and Practice. He also regularly disseminates his scholarship through refereed conference proceedings, workshops, symposia, and keynote addresses—having delivered more than 100 academic presentations throughout his career. Before joining the faculty at San Diego State, Harris worked as a student affairs educator and college administrator in the areas of student affairs administration, student crisis support and advocacy, new student orientation programs, multicultural student affairs, academic advising, and enrollment services. His most recent administrative appointment was at the University of Southern California as Associate Director of the Center for Urban Education. Harris also served as an adjunct professor of speech communication at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Harris earned a bachelor's degree in communication studies from Loyola Marymount University, a master's degree in speech communication from California State University Northridge, and an EdD in higher education from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education.

J. Luke Wood is the Associate Professor of Community College Leadership and the Director of the Doctoral Program in Community College Leadership at San Diego State University (SDSU). In addition to these responsibilities, Wood is also Chair-Elect for the Council on Ethnic Participation (CEP) for the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Director of the Center for African American Research and Policy (CAARP), and Co-Editor of the Journal of Applied Research in the Community College (JARCC). Wood's research focuses on factors affecting the success of men of color in the community college. In particular, his research examines contributors to student persistence, achievement, attainment, and transfer for these men. Dr. Wood has authored over 80 publications, including six co-authored books, five edited books, and more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles. Dr. Wood is a former recipient of the Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from which he served as research fellow at the Stanford Institute for Higher Education Research (SIHER), Stanford University.

Wood has also served as a Young Academic Fellow for the Institute for Higher Education Policy and Lumina Foundation. His scholarship and professional practice have been lauded through awards and honors, including: the Council for the Study of the Community College Barbara K. Townsend Emerging Scholar Award; the National Association for Student Personnel Administrator's Newly Published Research Award from the Knowledge Community on Men and Masculinities; the ASHE Council on Ethnic Participation Mildred Garcia Award f or Exemplary Scholarship; the ASU Alumni Association Outstanding Graduate Award, the ASU Fulton College Dean's Excellence Award for Graduate Research, the Sacramento Observer's the Top 30 under 30 Award, the ASU Fulton College Robert H. Fenske Fellowship for Higher & Postsecondary Education; and the International Society for the Exploration of Teaching and Learning Distinguished Fellows Presentation Co-Award.


For more information on the IVC Cultural Competence Summit, contact:
Dr. ​Lin​da Fontanilla, Ed.D.

Vice President for Student Services
Title IX Officer

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