NOSS 2021 Conference Keynote Speakers


Dr. Keon M. McGuire

Thursday, June 17 & Friday, June 18

2:15 p.m. EDT both days

"Beyond Rhetoric:  Enacting Social Justice in Praxis and Relationships"

Much of the renewed focus on the ways historically White colleges and universities continue to marginalize racially minoritized students, faculty and staff is a result of a more global reckoning with the realities of systemic racism. In this two part presentation, I will address what remains unfinished in our work to redress systemic racism in postsecondary education (Part 1) and how we can ground our diversity, equity and inclusion work in a way that opens up possibilities for more just and equitable futures (Part 2).

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Dr. Keon M. McGuire is an Associate Professor of Higher and Postsecondary Education in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. Dr. McGuire received a joint PhD in Higher Education and Africana Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and in 2019, he was named a National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow and ACPA Emerging Scholar. Currently, Dr. McGuire serves on the editorial board for the Journal of College Student Development and as Associate Editor of Educational Researcher.

Dr. McGuire's research focuses on minoritized students’ lives across postsecondary educational contexts and how race, gender and religion shape students’ everyday experiences. Additionally, he investigates the ways racism, sexism, and heteronormativity undermine the experiences of minoritized college students as well as they ways students resist and respond to such marginalization.



Jessica Rector

Thursday, June 17

11:00 a.m. EDT

"Blaze Your Brain: How to Turn Negative Thoughts into Positivity, More Action and Bigger Results"

To keep up with the evolving world around you, you can’t keep thinking the same way you’ve always thought. In this presentation, explore the mindset that keeps you embracing change and better leading. You have 60,000 thoughts a day, and research shows 80% are negative. With uncertainty, the unknown, and change thrust upon you, these thoughts come in the form of doubt, worry, and stress and are linked to a poor attitude, an increase in errors, and declining leadership. The right mindset, however, will help you communicate more effectively, solve problems faster, and improve student engagement. Jessica guides you through her five-step process to identify your exact negative thoughts and turn them into actions that will change how you work, lead, and live. In today’s changing economy, it’s imperative to know how to change your thoughts, change your outcomes and fire up your power within.

Participants will:

· Identify and correct negative self-talk triggers to enhance productivity, innovation, and engagement

· Apply the #1 way to disrupt your thought process to eliminate bad habits and improve critical thinking and student success

· Turn a reactive mindset into a problem solving one, increasing adaptability, mood, and decision-making skills

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Jessica’s vision is simple: Transform Lives. Because her brother died, her mission is to help others truly live. As the top burnout and mind wellness expert, she is the authority on breaking through burnout and tackling your inner game and turning it into outer success and positive action! As a former TV talk show host and award winning #1 sales performer at a Fortune 100 company, Jessica uses her company’s research to help organizations, leaders, and teams to fire up their thinking and extinguish burnout. Jessica has three college degrees, including an MBA and has written ten books. As a #1 best-selling author, she has shared the stage with Michelle Obama and worked with clients such as Fortune’s #2 “Best Company to work for,” NBCUniversal, and the Dallas Mavericks, and has been seen on ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX for creating change. When she’s not traveling around the world for work, Jessica spends her time learning about the exciting world of Transformers, so she can carry on real conversations with her eight-year-old son, Blaise, who is a #1 best-seller author and the youngest published author in the United States. 


Dr. Daysha Jackson-Sanchez &


Dr. David Wiley

Friday, June 18

11:00 a.m. EDT


  "Unexpected Levers for Student Success"


In this presentation, Daysha Jackson-Sanchez and David Wiley will discuss evidence-based teaching practices, the difficult and sometimes unexpected paths  to increasing the use of evidence-based teaching practices in the classroom or online environment, and how these practices impact minoritized students.

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Daysha has over 15 years of experience in higher education administration serving in roles such as Dean of Student Success at Manchester University and Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at Ivy Tech Community College. She is currently the Program Manager for Equity and Grant Initiatives at Lumen Learning and a faculty member at the University of St. Francis in the College of Adult and Distance Education.

Daysha is a Ph.D. candidate at Indiana State University and is studying the experiences of faculty who participate in diversity, equity, and inclusion professional development. As a first-generation college graduate, Daysha has a passion for eliminating barriers that improve student success, especially those faced by under-resourced and racially minoritized students. She resides in Roanoke, Indiana, with her husband and two sons.

Dr. David Wiley is the Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning, a Simon Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University, the Education Fellow at Creative Commons, and adjunct faculty in Brigham Young University’s graduate program in Instructional Psychology and Technology. He currently lives in West Virginia with his wife and two of their five children.

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