Wayne State University

Aim Higher

Poverty Conference

Conference Overview

February 5, - 7, 2014


Join us for conversation and dialogue on the


impact of poverty on education!

  Keynote Speakers



Michael E. Dantley, Ed.D., Dean, School of Education Loyola University Chicago, has more than 20 years of experience in higher education, including academic appointments in the School of Education, Health and Society at Miami University and, more recently, university leadership positions at Miami. Dr. Dantley’s research focuses on leadership, spirituality, social justice and new ways to define academic success for urban school youth and the kind of school leadership that will promote a more holistic perspective on academic achievement.  He has been published in several educational journals and has provided chapters in several edited texts including the new Sage Handbook of Educational Leadership for Social Justice: Making It Happen, Inspiring Practice: Spirituality and Educational Leadership. Dr. Dantley’s passion is to infuse a radical, prophetic rhetoric into the social justice and educational leadership discourse and his keynote address will aim at doing exactly that!


Carolyn M. Shields, Ph.D., is Dean, College of Education at Wayne State University in Detroit. Her teaching and research focus is on leadership for academic excellence and social justice, including the creation of environments in which democratic organizations can effectively prepare students for participation, engagement and citizenship in a pluralistic civil society and global community. Dr. Shields’ research has resulted in over 130 publications in a wide variety of formats, including 10 books, refereed and practitioner publications, policy documents, invited book chapters, and consulting reports.  She has also made numerous invited keynote presentations both at home and abroad. Her keynote will focus on some practical implications for teaching children living in poverty.









Ingrid Guerra-López, PhD, is an associate professor and director of the Institute for Learning and Performance Improvement in the College of Education at Wayne State University, and a member of the board of directors of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI). Guerra-López’s research, teaching, and consulting focuses on improving human and organizational performance through needs assessment and evaluation, with particular focus on performance monitoring and evaluation systems. She is a nationally and internationally known scholar and researcher. Dr. Ingrid Guerra-López will deliver the keynote address on Thursday, February 6th, in the McGregor Conference Center on the main campus -- Overcoming Poverty through Purpose. She will share her own personal childhood experiences with poverty, and the impact it has had on her life and career. Guerra-Lopez will challenge the audience to look at life’s challenges as assets for improving as learners, teachers, scholars, employees, community members, and most importantly, as people.