Presenter Bios

Dr. Veronica Neal is an organizational equity and cultural humility specialist with over two decades of experience as diversity and social justice educator, trainer, coach and consultant. She is a certified diversity professional, integral coach and workplace conflict mediator.

Veronica’s consulting work guides and enlightens leaders in education, health care, business, and non-profit organizations as well as participants in community-based organizations.

She brings to her management, teaching and consulting practice the theories of justice-based leadership and multicultural education from her graduate studies as well as her practical experience managing projects and programs and directing a nonprofit organization. Her focus is on cultural humility across the lifespan and as a spiritual practice, equity change management, unconscious bias and oppression transformation, and attitudinal healing.

In addition to an active consulting schedule Veronica currently serves as the director of Equity, Social Justice, and Multicultural Education at De Anza College and teaches at both De Anza College and California State University at San Francisco.

Veronica continues her research and college teaching while also coaching educational leaders and community activists to bring out the best in themselves and their teams through equity and cultural humility initiatives.


Kimberly Papillon is a nationally recognized expert on medical, legal and judicial decision making. She has served as regular faculty at the National Judicial College since 2005. She has delivered over 300 lectures nationally and internationally on the implications of neuroscience, psychology and implicit association in the analysis of decision-making in the fields of medicine, business, education and the justice system. She has lectured to medical students and faculty, as well as physicians nationwide and in Australia on the neuroscience of decision making in differential diagnosis and treatment. She has been appointed to the Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence’s “think tank” for physician education.

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. 

You’re invited to attend her upcoming workshop, Neuroscience of Decision Making in Higher Education, date TBA. Reserve your seat today.


Dr. Grant holds a Ph.D. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Education and has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Bowdoin College, St. Mary’s College of California, and Stanford University.

She has facilitated community-wide conversations on diversity and inclusion, with a focus on supporting educators in creating inclusive classrooms.

In her upcoming workshop, Teaching and Mentoring in Diverse Classrooms, Dr. Grant will identify practical strategies for acknowledging and incorporating a variety of student identities and backgrounds in the classroom. She will also explore classroom practices to forge a shared classroom culture.

Dr. Grant's workshop will take place in the Student Activities Center (in Bertolini), Friday, April 12th 10am-2pm. RSVP.


Dr. Frank Harris III is a professor of postsecondary education and Co-Director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) at San Diego State University. He is best known for his expertise in racial [in]equity in postsecondary education and has made important contributions to knowledge about college student development and the social construction of gender and race in college contexts.  His work prioritizes populations that have been historically underrepresented and underserved in education.

Harris’s scholarship has been published in leading journals for higher education and student affairs research and practice, including the Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Educational Researcher, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Journal of Negro Education, and the Community College Journal of Research and Practice. Harris also regularly disseminates scholarship through refereed conference proceedings, workshops, symposia, and keynote addresses—he has delivered more than 500 academic and professional presentations throughout his career.

Harris is the co-editor/author of four books: College Men and Masculinities: Theory, Research and Implications for Practice; Teaching Men of Color in the Community CollegeTeaching Young Boys and Men of Color; and Supporting Men of Color in the Community College. His commentary has been sought by several high-profile media outlets, including Diverse Issues in Higher Education, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Huffington Post, Inside Higher Ed, CNN, and Fox 5 News San Diego.

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. He also served as an adjunct professor of speech communication at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Dr. Harris earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies at Loyola Marymount University, a master’s degree in speech communication at California State University Northridge, and a doctorate in higher education from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.

You can attend his Spring workshop, Adapting Growth Mindset for Students of Color, co-presented by Dr. Luke Wood, Thursday, May 2nd, 2019, 2-5pm, in the Student Activities Center.


J. Luke Wood, Ph.D. is the Associate Vice President for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion and Distinguished Professor of Education at San Diego State University. Formerly, Wood served as the Director of the Joint Ph.D. program in Education between San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University and Director of the Ed.D. Program in Community College Leadership.

Wood also serves as the Co-Director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL), a national research and practice center that partners with community colleges to support their capacity in advancing outcomes for underserved students of color. CCEAL houses the National Consortium on College Men of Color (NCCMC) which hosts trainings, information sharing sessions, and provides resources to colleges with initiatives and programs supporting college men of color.

He will be co-presenting with Dr. Harris, Adapting Growth Mindset for Students of Color, May 2nd, 2019, 2-5pm, in the Student Activities Center. Reserve your seat.