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Keynote Speakers

Keynote SpeakersKrystal Beamon, David Williams, Albert Bimper, Kevin Anderson

The African American Male Research Initiative and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin invite you to the second annual Black Student-Athlete Conference, a three-day summit from January 6-8, 2016, in Austin, Texas. The summit is a three-day gathering to openly examine and candidly discuss the numerous and complex issues surrounding the black student-athlete.

Scholars, coaches, conference commissioners, athletic directors, academic advisors, student affairs professionals, principals, present and former student-athletes, journalists, and others are invited. This is a “must-attend” event for anyone involved in the life of the Black student-athlete. This summit constitutes the most comprehensive national forum on issues related to the black experience within amateur athletics.

BSA 2016

Conference Planning Team

Leonard MooreLEONARD N. MOORE, PH.D., Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Diversity Initiatives and Student Engagement, Professor of History

Leonard N. Moore is currently the senior associate vice-president for academic diversity initiatives at The University of Texas at Austin and a full professor in the Department of History. The Cleveland, Ohio, native earned his undergraduate degree from Jackson State University in 1993 and his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in 1998.

He teaches History of the Black Power Movement and Race in the Age of Obama, and he directs study abroad programs in Beijing and Cape Town.

Louis HarrisonLOUIS HARRISON, Professor, College of Education

Louis Harrison, Jr. is currently a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at The University of Texas at Austin. A native of New Orleans, Dr. Harrison’s research focuses on racial identity and the African American athlete. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of New Orleans and his Ph.D. from LSU in 1997.

In addition to his responsibilities at UT, he also serves as pastor of Pleasant Bethany Baptist Church in Elgin, Texas. He is married with four children.

Darren KellyDARREN KELLY, Chief of Staff for Academic Diversity Initiatives and Student Engagement

Darren Kelly, a native of Orange County, California, earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing from the University of Virginia. After graduating from UVA he spent several years working in corporate finance for GE, which included a special assignment in Shanghai, China.

In 2012 he earned his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in sports management. Dr. Kelly also directs the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program. He is married with one son.

Daron RobertsDARON ROBERTS, J.D., Founding Director, Center for Sports Leadership & Innovation

Roberts has spent the past seven years as an NFL and college coach serving stints with the Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, West Virginia Mountaineers and Cleveland Browns. He is an AAMRI Scholar-In Residence, holds a B.A. in Plan II Honors and government from the University of Texas, master’s from the Kennedy School of Government and law degree from Harvard Law School.

He is the founder and CEO of 4th and 1, Inc.—a nonprofit that provides free SAT prep, football training and life skills workshops. Roberts is currently a lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin.