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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Conference Co-Chairs

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Dr. Michael T. FaginDr. Shannon Miller

Shannon J. Miller, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Gender and Women's Studies program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She holds a doctorate in Child and Family Development and a graduate certificate in Women's Studies from The University of Georgia. Her area of specialization is in Black and LGBTQQ families, and she is published widely in academic journals, including the Feminist Formations, Journal of Religious Ethics, Journal of GLBT Families, and Journal of Homosexuality. Her manuscript in progress Black Queer Momma: Love, Justice, and Home is a memoir centering her personal narrative as a recently divorced southern African-American queer woman now co-parenting with her ex-wife, a West African, genderqueer lesbian.

Dr. Michael T. FaginKenneth Reid

Kenneth Reid is the Director of the Center for African American Affairs at Minnesota State University Mankato. Kenneth holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications with an emphasis in Advertising and Public Relations from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and, a Master of Arts in Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). Kenneth has committed himself to enhancing multicultural education efforts, developing student support services, advocating against social injustice, and promoting an inclusive campus environment. His work includes co-organizing the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) ‘We Can Do Better’ campaign in response to the Michael Brown shooting and researching students’ perceptions of ethnic and multicultural centers. Kenneth is passionate about fostering environments within the college community that are open to student development, promote multiculturalism and social justice, and encourage academic success.