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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Conference Co-Chairs

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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.


Dr. Michael T. FaginDr. Agnes Odinga-Oluoch

Dr. Agnes Odinga-Oluoch joined Minnesota State University Mankato in 2007. She earned both her B.Ed. (Hons) and M.A from Kenyatta University in Kenya, an MBA from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and a PHD degree from the same institution. In 2001-2002, she was a Post-Doctoral Associate at the Minnesota Population Center where she successfully facilitated the acquisition and integration of Kenya Census Micro-data into IPUMS data base. She is a recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, American Association of University Women and McArthur Foundation and an alum of University of California Berkley Executive Leadership Academy. She is an interdisciplinary teacher and scholar whose research focuses on the intersection between gender and medicine in 20th century East Africa. Dr. Odinga is currently working on a book titled “Women, Medicine and Social Change: A Social History of Reproductive Health in S. Nyanza, Kenya, 1920-1980. She is passionate about international education and is actively involved various international education initiative on campus. She has continued to serve in community non-profit organizations in the Twin Cities.



2019 Honorary Co-Chair

Dr. Shannon MillerDr. Shannon Miller

Dr. Shannon J. Miller is associate professor and former chair of the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She completed her PhD in child and family development and graduate certificate in women’s studies from the University of Georgia. Dr. Miller is the former president of the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association and was the cochair of the National Women’s Studies Association Mentoring Project. She currently serves on the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Equity and Inclusion Council and has served several terms on the IFO GLBTA Issues Committee. Dr. Miller’s current book project, Black Queer Momma: The Third Time I Survived centers her personal narrative as a Black southern queer femme mother and survivor. She describes herself as a self-possessed and baptized black queer feminist mother and scholar from Tennessee.