Marc Bayard is an associate fellow and the director of the Institute for Policy Studies’ Black Worker Initiative. He was the founding executive director of the Worker Institute at Cornell University. He is a leading expert on racial equity and organizing strategies with extensive experience in building partnerships between labor, faith groups, and civil rights communities. A frequent speaker and social commentator for a number of institutions and organizations, Mr. Bayard’s dedication to achieving just and humane treatment for workers worldwide is grounded in his first-hand work and experiences in nearly 50 countries. From 2003 to 2011 he was the Africa Regional Program Director for the Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO. Bayard is also an advisor and Adjunct professor to Morehouse College’s International Comparative Labor Studies program.
He has published articles in a wide range of media outlets, including The Detroit News, Ebony, and The Nation and has provided expert opinion on issues related to energy and workers’ rights in such outlets American Prospect, Atlanta Black Star, The Guardian, NBC News, The Root, and Vice.
His recently published studies include:
- Black Immigrant Domestic Workers in the Time of COVID-19
- Pay, Professionalism, and Respect
- I Dream Detroit: The Voice and Vision of Women of Color on Detroit’s Future
Bayard holds master’s degrees from Cornell University and Georgetown University and is a highly regarded scholar of labor politics.
Allison Boyle is an Early Childhood Education Research Fellow at the Southern Education Foundation.
Prior to joining SEF, she worked as an intern for the executive director of Children First, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that engages with families and the court system to promote safe, stable and nurturing living environments for children in Athens, Georgia, and the surrounding counties. Her work at Children First focused on racial justice in foster care and the court system, as well as providing guidance on various human resource objectives and helping navigate the organization through the COVID-19 pandemic. Allison also has several years of firsthand experience in Early Childhood Education as a former assistant teacher at the University of Georgia’s University Childcare Center.
Allison holds a bachelor’s in international affairs and a Master of Public Administration with a specialization in public policy from the University of Georgia.
Dr. Joyce E. King holds the Benjamin E. Mays Endowed Chair for Urban Teaching, Learning and Leadership at Georgia State University (GSU). She has served as provost at Spelman College; associate provost, Medgar Evers College (CUNY); associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and diversity programs at the University of New Orleans; director of teacher education at Santa Clara University; and head of the department of ethnic studies at Mills College. Her concept of “dysconscious racism,” “heritage knowledge,” and “diaspora literacy” continue to influence education research and practice, curriculum transformation, and the sociology of race. She holds affiliated faculty status in the GSU Department of African American Studies, the Women’s and Gender Studies Institute, and the Urban Institute. In 2017 she led a Comparative Urban Partnership grant with faculty in South Africa and Brazil and she served as principal investigator for a Collaborative Opportunity Grant, “Social Justice and Student Success,” at GSU funded by the Association of Public Land Grant Universities.
Dr. King’s urban education-related publications focus on a transformative role for culture in curriculum, urban teacher effectiveness, and Black education research and policy. She is an editorial board member for the journal, Urban Education and co-edited the top-ranked journal, Review of Education Research. In addition to eight books, her scholarship appears in the Harvard Educational Review, the Journal of Negro Education, Qualitative Studies in Education, Teaching Tolerance Magazine, and the Journal of African American History, including:
- Black Mothers to Sons: Juxtaposing African American Literature with Social Practice, 1990/1995
- Teaching Diverse Populations: Formulating a Knowledge Base, 1997
- Black Education: A Transformative Research and Action Agenda for the New Century, 2005
- A reparatory justice curriculum for human freedom: Rewriting the story of African American dispossession and the debt owed. African American History, 102, 213-231, 2017.
- “We may well become accomplices”: To rear a generation of spectators is not to educate at all. Educational Researcher, 45(2), 159-172, 2016.
- “Who dat say (we) too depraved to be saved?” Re-membering Katrina/Haiti (and beyond): Critical studyin’ for human freedom. Harvard Educational Review, 81(2), 343-370. Summer, 2011.
- Re-membering History in Student and Teacher Learning, 2012
- The Afrocentric Praxis of Teaching for Freedom: Connecting Culture to Learning, 2014
- Dysconscious Racism, Afrocentric Praxis and Education for Human Freedom—Through the Years I Keep on Toiling—The Selected Works of Joyce E. King, 2015
- Heritage Knowledge in the Curriculum: Retrieving an African Episteme, 2018.
- Staying human: Forty years of Black Studies practical-critical activity in the spirit of (Aunt) Jemima. The International Journal of African Renaissance Studies – Multi-, Inter- and Transdisciplinarity,
- A recent essay, “To Create a More Perfect Union, We the People Need Reparations to Heal Our Wounded Souls,” is published on the American Civil Liberties Union website https://www.aclu.org/issues/create-more-perfect-union-we-people-need-reparations-heal-our-wounded-souls.
Dr. King completed two prestigious leadership programs, the American Council on Education Fellowship in the Office of the President at Stanford University, and as a W.K. Kellogg National Fellowship recipient, she studied women’s leadership and grassroots participation in decolonizing social change in China, Brazil, France, Kenya, Japan, Mali, and Peru. Her innovative interdisciplinary research praxis encompasses Black/Pan-African Studies, the Sociology of Education, culturally connected teaching and learning, and transformative leadership for change often in creative partnership with urban communities. Dr. King is past president of the American Educational Research Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Food and Development Policy (FoodFirst.org) and the National African American Reparations Commission. She received the 2018 Stanford University Graduate School of Education Alumni Excellence in Education Award.
Dr. King earned a doctorate in the sociology of education and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Stanford University, and she holds a certificate from the Harvard Graduate School Institute in educational management.
The Virginia Union University Board of Trustees named Dr. Hakim J. Lucas the 13th president of the university effective September 1, 2017.
Dr. Lucas brings nearly two decades of progressive leadership experience in higher education. His career successes include fundraising, strategic planning, and the engagement and retention of students at historically black colleges and universities. Dr. Lucas has served as the vice president for institutional advancement at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, since 2012. Under his leadership, unrestricted and restricted giving rose by 30 percent, and the endowment increased by 53 percent. He developed a strategic government relations plan that resulted in millions of dollars in appropriations from the state of Florida. These funds aided in the development of new academic programs and a Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. His responsibilities also included chairing the Strategic Growth and Sustainability Taskforce, as well as leading the sponsored research team that secured more than $45 million in research grants.
Prior to his accomplishments at Bethune-Cookman, Dr. Lucas served as director of development at State University of New York at Old Westbury, and the dean of institutional advancement and development at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York. He was also a tenured lecturer and deputy chair of the philosophy and religion department at Medgar Evers College.
Dr. Lucas earned his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College, a master’s degree in education from Tufts University, and a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary. He earned his doctoral degree in education from Fordham University.
Dr. Everett B. Ward, an educator, public administrator, and humanitarian with more than 35 years of national experience, has served as the 11th president of Saint Augustine’s University, North Carolina state government administrator, and general president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.
During his tenure as president of Saint Augustine’s University (2014-2019), Dr. Ward successfully led the university to fully restored accreditation, championed academic excellence, promoted teaching innovation, broadened external partnerships, engaged alumni, and enhanced relationships with the Episcopal Church. Founded in 1867, Saint Augustine’s University is one of only two historically black colleges and universities affiliated with the Episcopal Church. Transparency and shared governance served as the cornerstones of his administration. Dr. Ward received several awards for his distinguished leadership.
Dr. Ward has served on and chaired two university advisory boards. From 2009-2011, Dr. Ward served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of Saint Augustine’s University. Dr. Ward also served as vice chairman of the Association of Episcopal Colleges and Universities, a member of the Executive Committee of the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, and a member of the Board of Directors of the United Negro College Fund.
Prior to serving Saint Augustine’s University, Dr. Ward served as director of Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU)/Minority Institutions of Higher Education (MIHE) Program for the North Carolina Department of Transportation. In this role, Dr. Ward worked with university chancellors, faculty, and staff in the areas of transportation curriculum development, research initiatives, and professional development. Dr. Ward served on the Federal Highway Administration HBCU/MIHE Work Group.
As general president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Dr. Ward led the 200,000 plus member organization from 2017-2020. Founded in 1906, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity is the oldest collegiate fraternity incorporated by African American men. The fraternity membership has included such notable leaders as Dr. W.E.B. DuBois, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, and Congressman Adam Clayton Powell.
Recognized nationally for his public service Dr. Ward serves on several national, regional, and statewide boards to advance opportunities for citizens throughout the nation. He is a former member of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) where he served as vice chairman of the DNC Black Caucus. Dr. Ward made history by becoming the first African American to serve as executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party.
Dr. Ward is a frequent speaker in areas of higher education, leadership development, and civic engagement. As a public leader, Dr. Ward was invited by the Taiwanese government to study the political, educational, and cultural institutions of the Republic of China. Dr. Ward contributed to the publication, Lead the Way: Principles and Practices in Community and Civic Engagement. His research focus includes African American leadership and civic engagement.
Dr. Ward earned his bachelor’s degree from Saint Augustine’s University (College), his master’s degree from North Carolina State University, and his doctorate from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Dr. Ward was a North Carolina A&T State University Wardham Scholar and a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Golden Key International Honor Society.
Dr. Ward holds membership in Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (The Boule), the 100 Black Men, Inc. and Life Membership in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is a lifelong member of Davie Street Presbyterian Church, USA where he is a ruling elder.