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Announcing the Abrams sisters as keynote speakers at the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) 2022 Annual National Conference

The American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) is pleased to announce that the Abrams sisters will be this year’s keynote speakers at the AABHE 2022 Annual Conference on March 14-15, 2022, on the theme “Transformation, Timing and Talents: Uncovering the Black Experiences in Higher Education”.

Washington D.C.- Tuesday, February 15, 2022 – The American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) is pleased to announce that the Abrams Sisters will be this year’s keynote speakers at the AABHE 2022 Annual Conference on March 14-15, 2022, on the theme “Transformation, Timing, and Talents: Uncovering the Experiences of Blacks in Higher Education”.

The Abram Sisters, namely:

Stacey Abrams, JD is the four-time New York Times bestselling author of Stacey’s Extraordinary Words, While Justice Sleeps, Our Time is Now and Lead from the Outside, an Entrepreneur; and a political leader. A tax attorney by training, she served eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as Minority Leader and became the 2018 Democratic nominee for Georgia governor, where she won, at the time. , more votes than any other Democrat in the state. the story. She started several organizations dedicated to suffrage, training and hiring young people of color, and addressing social issues at the state, national, and international levels. She is the founder of Fair Fight, Fair Count and the Southern Economic Advancement Project. A small business owner, she co-founded the financial services company NOW Corp. and kid-focused tech company, The Family Room, Inc.; and she launched the media company, Sage Works Productions, Inc., in 2020. Abrams serves on both nonprofit and corporate boards, and she is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations . She is a graduate of Spelman College, the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs, and Yale Law School.

Dr. Jeanine Abrams McLean is an evolutionary biologist, community organizer and President of Fair Count. The goal of Fair Count (a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded by Stacey Abrams) is to build long-term power in communities that have historically been undercounted in the decennial census, underrepresented at the ballot box and whose communities are often torn apart during redistricting. She is a highly qualified researcher with over 20 years of experience designing, managing and implementing population-based studies and projects, and she is the author of 25 peer-reviewed publications.

Leslie Abram Gardner, JD is a United States District Court Judge for the Central District of Georgia. On March 11, 2014, President Obama nominated her to the bench; and, on November 18, 2014, the Senate confirmed it by a vote of 100-0. On November 21, 2014, Judge Gardner was sworn in and became the first female federal judge from the Middle District of Georgia and the first African-American woman to serve as an Article III judge in the state of Georgia.

Dr. Andrea Abrams is Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Center College of Kentucky. She is also an Associate Professor of Anthropology, Gender Studies, African American Studies, and Social Justice Studies. She was president of the Kentucky Anthropologists and Sociologists and president of the National Association of Black Anthropologists. Andrea’s research focuses on racial and gender identities in the South and her ethnography, God and Blackness: Race, Gender and Identity in a Middle-Class Afrocentric Church, explores how African-American religious institutions build community and create a shared understanding of darkness. In his spare time, Abrams is currently working on a novel that mixes anthropology, mystery, hoodoo and black town history. She earned a graduate certificate in women’s studies and a doctorate. in Anthropology from Emory University.

The Abram sisters will also receive AABHE’s Pacesetters Award for their unique and forward-thinking achievements in improving the educational experience for Black people, which will be hosted by Dr. Shewanee Howard-Baptiste, Vice Provost for Academic Outreach and professor at the University of Tennessee. in Chattanooga.

“AABHE is honored to be joined at our annual conference by four incredibly talented siblings from the Abrams family. Four sisters will join us for an engaging conversation during our closing plenary. These women include a university professor and author, Dr. Andrea Abrams; a CDC evolutionary biologist, Dr. Jeanine Abrams McLean; a federal judge who is being considered for the Supreme Court of the United States, the Honorable Leslie Abrams Gardner; and a very influential candidate for the office of Governor of Georgia, Ms. Stacey Abrams. This promises to be an engaging part of a very engaging conference.“, said Dereck J. Rovaris, Sr., Ph.D., president of AABHE.

AABHE is a non-profit, individual and institutional member-based organization with sponsorships from universities, corporations, foundations and universities. They are the leading provider of training, academic research support, mentorship and early career development for black people in higher education.

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