The Keynote Speaker session is named in honor of Dr. Thomas Grace who served as one of the founders and chair of the conference committee for 17 years, until his retirement in 2016.

We are pleased to introduce our 2024 Conference Speaker:

Bailey Parnell

Dr. Luis Inoa

Dr. Luis Inoa


Dr. Luis Jimenez Inoa, a native of Brooklyn/Queens, NY, has had a significant journey in the field of higher education. After graduating from John Adams High School, he was the first in his family to attend a 4-year college, earning a B.A. in Black Studies from SUNY New Paltz, where he also played baseball and served as a resident assistant. 

Post-graduation, Luis embarked on a professional career in residential life, starting at Hartwick College, then advancing to Boston College where he earned an M.A. in Developmental and Educational Psychology. His career later took him to NYU, then to Vassar College as the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Residential Life. After a stint at Skidmore College, he returned to Vassar as the Associate Dean of the College, Student Living and Wellness. 

Dr. Inoa achieved his Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership at the University of Albany, focusing on the impact of interscholastic sports. He is known for his one-man presentation, "English Tongue-Latine Soul," which combines storytelling, poetry, music, and photography to discuss diversity. Luis is also a proud grandfather and is deeply committed to values of love, justice, and equity, with his work being informed by a black feminist ethos and a dedication to inclusion and care.