Renée T. White, Ph.D. - Provost, Wheaton College
Renée T. White began her tenure as Provost on July 1, 2016. Prior to joining Wheaton, Dr. White was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Simmons College. A scholar on race, gender and social inequality, she served as a professor of sociology and black studies and as academic coordinator for diversity and global citizenship at Fairfield University. She started her academic career at Purdue University, where she held a joint appointment in the department of sociology and the African American Studies Research Center. White is the editor of three books and has written for a number of academic journals. A WYE Faculty Fellow at the Aspen Institute, she completed a National Endowment for the Humanities summer Fellowship in Black film studies. She holds an AB from Brown University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University.
Barbara Jacoby, Ph.D. - Senior Consultant, Do Good Campus, University of Maryland
Barbara Jacoby is Senior Consultant for the Do Good Institute in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. In this role, she engages faculty in developing curriculums that integrate social innovation, civic engagement, service-learning, and philanthropy. Dr. Jacoby launched Community Service-Learning in 1992 and served as Director of the National Clearinghouse for Commuter Programs and Director of the Office of Commuter Affairs, all at the University of Maryland. Dr. Jacoby’s publications include seven books, 20 book chapters, and many articles. Her most recent book is Service-Learning Essentials: Questions, Answers, and Lessons Learned (Jossey-Bass, 2015). She consults extensively and makes numerous speeches and presentations across the U.S. and around the world. Dr. Jacoby is an ACPA Senior Scholar Diplomate. She served as Campus Compact’s Engaged Scholar for Professional Development. She was a member of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education from 1980 to 2011. She has held many leadership positions in NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and ACPA – College Student Educators International. She received the 2016 Distinguished Career Award from the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement.
Abby Kiesa - Director of Impact, CIRCLE, Tufts University
Abby is a long-time member of the team at CIRCLE, a national applied research center on youth civic education and engagement, especially those who are marginalized or disadvantaged in political life. As Director of Impact at CIRCLE, Abby serves as liaison to practitioner organizations across the country to maintain a conversation between research and practice. She also provides leadership for CIRCLE’s election strategies, communications, and select research and evaluation projects. She is versed in the wide range of youth civic and political engagement efforts and practice, and brings a broad view of the institutions and interventions that make up ecosystems for civic development among all youth. She is particularly interested in relationship between inequality and impact as related to democratic participation. Abby holds an M.A. from the University of Maryland. Previous to her work at CIRCLE, Abby organized students across the country through Campus Compact as part of a national campaign to increase youth involvement in public life. Her writing on youth political engagement has been featured in several publications including the and she co-edited the book Raise Your Voice: A Student Guide to Making Positive Social Change. Abby serves on the DoSomething.org Civic Engagement Advisory Board and on the steering committee of the American Democracy Project (an initiative of AASCU).