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Social Hour + Opening Remarks

With over 13 years of higher education academic and administrative experience, Dr. Jasmine D. Parker is a transformative strategist who envisions, plans, implements, and evaluates institution-wide Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity strategic plans, goals, and initiatives. She creates, establishes metrics for, leads, and assesses organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings and offerings to maximize institutional common knowledge and engagement. A critical scholar, she authors DEI-focused educational resources using historical inquiry, critical discourse analysis, and policy expertise to inform stakeholders while encouraging praxis. 

Dr. Parker is a trained interdisciplinary civil rights historian whose research intersects the fields of education, law, and sociology by highlighting historical, legal, and sociopolitical paradigm shifts as it relates to American society, social movements, group and individual relations, representation, and access to opportunity. She is the creator and organizer of "Race, Racism & Public Spaces," a groundbreaking personal and professional development series that most recently swept Texas Tech University.  

Dr. Parker currently serves in a Director-level capacity for Diversity and Inclusion across Berklee. She earned her Ph.D. in Education Policy, Organization & Leadership, with focus in educational history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Master of Arts degree in  Educational Policy with focus in constitutional law from the same institution, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Sociology from Prairie View A&M University. Dr. Parker also completed legal training as a law student and Decoudreaux Fellow at Indiana University- Bloomington, Maurer School of Law.  

Simone A. Francis is the Assistant Director for Diversity, Inclusion, and Student Engagement in the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Office of the Executive Director, Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She identifies as a West Indian educator and diversity, equity, and inclusion practitioner grounded in community and creative practice. She aims to celebrate the phenomenal work of Black creatives and utilize her skillset to facilitate meaningful community building efforts amongst students, organizations, and social-justice driven groups. At her core, she believes that telling Black stories and amplifying Black narratives gives us the tools for radically reshaping our futures and driving social change.

Simone is the Founder of Anansi Creative Studio, an organization that centers authentic storytelling, community centered practice, creative expression, and (re)imagination as tools for building stronger communities and inclusive spaces, and offers unique cultural and educational engagement opportunities for a wide range of audiences with storytelling and creative expression at the core. She is also the Curator of reIMAGINED, a digital platform housed within Anansi Creative Studio, that celebrates the beauty and boldness of Black creatives. 

She currently serves on the Directorate Boards of the Pan-African Network and the Coalition of Multicultural Affairs in the American College Personnel Association. She has worked in local and international environments, including schools such as Indiana University, Stanford University, NYU, and NYU Shanghai in China. Beyond her various roles in the education world, you can find Simone caring for her plant babies, cooking, traveling, and vibing to reggae, dancehall, soca, and old school r&b. She enjoys stillness, quiet, and the solitude necessary to clear her mind and engage in deep reflection. 

Welcome to the We Will Rise Summit - Day Two! 

Join us at the social hour to mingle! Depending on where you are in the world, bring a breakfast, lunch, or dinner beverage and snack. Towards the end of the social hour, we will honor the land our Berklee Boston campus resides upon, welcome community members to the summit experience, and hear reflections from Associate Director for Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Jasmine Parker.