Welcome to the 2021 Summer Institute on Equity in the Academic Experience! 

Each day follows a rhythm of Provocations (whole institute gatherings to spur conversation), Panels (three-at-a-time with both external experts and participating teams to allow for focused exploration of topics*), Office Hours (external speakers will be available for small group consultations), and Team Time (reserved for your team to work on your chosen problem). See below for an overview of the topics explored. Continuing scrolling to explore the topics and associated sessions in more detail.

*Panels will explore the following topics:

  • Data (Monday, 1pm-2:15pm)
  • Systems Thinking (Monday, 3:30-4:45pm)
  • Curricular Change (Tuesday, 11am-12:15pm)
  • Shared Equity Work (Tuesday, 3:30-4:45pm)  
  • Post-Pandemic Equity (Wednesday, 11am-12:15pm)
  • Building Networks Wednesday, 1:15-2:30pm)

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  • For the schedule of events scroll below and begin building out your schedule
  • For learning more about speakers and the events that they’re leading, click here, OR click below on "Speakers".
  • For participating institutions, click here OR click below on "Participating Institutions".
  • For exploring who else is attending and a glance at other attendee schedules, click here OR click below on "Attendees".
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Gene T. Parker III

University of Kansas
Associate Professor of Higher Education Administration

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Eugene (Gene) T. Parker III is an associate professor of higher education administration in the  Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Kansas. He is  interested in matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion as it relates to college students and  organizations. His research has focused on the impact of collegiate experiences on academic and  psychosocial student outcomes, such as academic and cognitive outcomes, leadership and moral  development. This area of research has centered on the association between diversity  experiences, student-faculty interactions, and other collegiate experiences and college outcomes.  

Recently, his research has examined the relationship between these experiences and students’  perceptions of the campus climate for diversity. He also has research interests that are focused on  organizational and institutional theories, governance, leadership and structures. Recent research  has centered on organizational leadership, diversity leadership, and leadership-centered  theoretical perspectives. Dr. Parker teaches courses in organization and governance, college  finance, and leadership in higher education. Dr. Parker received his B.A. from the University of  Iowa, his MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and his Ph.D. in Higher Education  from the University of Iowa. 

Current Projects 

“I Serve Everyone”: Senior Diversity Officers as Servant Leaders in Higher Education (journal article)

Promoting Meaningful Student-Faculty Experiences in Graduate Education (book) • Crossroads of Place and Space: Urban Neighborhoods and Institutional Strategies in  Higher Education (grant)

Areas of Expertise

Diversity leadership; Organizational studies; College impact; and Diversity in higher education.  

Recent Publications

Trolian T., & Parker E. (2022). Shaping Students’ Attitudes Toward Diversity: Do Faculty  Practices and Interactions with Students Matter? Research in Higher Education 

Parker III, E. T. (2021). Becoming a Diversity Leader on Campus. Routledge. 

Parker, E., Trolian T., & Stolzenberg E. (2021). Student-Faculty Interaction and Academic Self Concept: The Intersection of Race and Gender, Higher Education Research & Development. 

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