This panel evaluates the landscape of reform efforts in arenas proposing, developing and impacting social changes in society. The differences in challenges faced during life circumstances influences the behaviors and responses to needs of age groups. While society evolves in its efforts of equality, tolerance, acceptance and understanding, generations must explore the limitations placed on change. Panelists discuss societal constructs, organizational barriers, generational differences, and additional political factors on education, career-focus, the place of diversity in society, individualism, and more.
Tommy Jackson III is the Director of Advising for University College at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. Dr. Jackson was a defensive tackle for the Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs and Auburn University. He holds a B.A. in Public Administration, Masters of Education in Adult Education and Ph.D. in Adult Education and Higher Education Administration from Auburn University as well as a M.B.A. and M.P.A. from Kennesaw State University. During much of his career, Dr. Jackson has worked with student-athletes and focuses on education, advising and motivation.
Marcus Bright is the Executive Director of Education for a Better America, adjunct instructor at Lynn University (FL) and commentator for the Huffington Post. Dr. Bright has a B.A. in Government and World Affairs from the University of Tampa, a M.P.A. from Florida International University and Ph.D. in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University. His work is dedicated to promoting the development of education in urban communities. Additionally, he writes and speaks on issues of social justice, public policy and education.
Utz McKnight is a Full Professor of Political Science and Chair of Gender and Race Studies at the University of Alabama. Dr. McKnight has a B.A. in Political Science from Swarthmore College and Ph.D. in Political Science from Lund University (Sweden). He authored numerous books on the politics of race and his research focuses on race as a description of communities in the United States. Additionally, he explores political concepts such as sovereignty, the state and politics.