The Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE) held their annual conference in Houston, Texas, at Hyatt Regency from February 22nd-February 25th. This year’s conference was a collaboration between TABPHE and TABSE (Texas Alliance of Black School Educators), an organization that represents K-12.  The conference theme was “Educate, Engage and Empower”:  The Time is NOW!”

San Jacinto College has consistently had a large presence at the TABPHE conferences throughout the years, but this year faculty, staff, students and administrators made an outstanding contribution making sure the conference was a success!  Dr. Alexander Okwonna served as the TABPHE conference chair (also a board member). Dr. DeRhonda McWaine served as the registration committee chair (and her volunteers consisted of Dr. Lindsay Banks, Dr. LaToya Gilmore, Karyn Jones, LaVena Wilder and Francheska Williams).   Dr. Lamar McWaine (an executive board member and historian) and professor Tonja Conerly served as the programming committee co-chairs (with Dr. Kimberly Thomas, Bradford Traywick and Joseph Hebert serving as volunteers).  A special contribution was made by our Tech Support department under the leadership of Gus Sronce, who provided technology support for the entire conference.

Every year TABPHE conferences give African American educators, administrators, staff and students throughout the state of Texas an opportunity to obtain knowledge by attending various workshops and networking. This year’s conference included a job fair and had 43 workshops (the most in TABPHE’s 45 year history).  Some of the workshop topics led by San Jacinto College employees included “Managing from the Middle: Generational Gaps and the Millennial Middle Manager;” “Creation & Integration of Instructional Media;” “Leadership Styles;” “Adapting E-Learning to a Changing Environment;” “Effective Academic Advising;”Career Ascension;” “Putting the Pieces Together;” and “Preparing Leaders for the Next Phase of Academic Leadership.”

Others throughout the state of Texas had the opportunity to see the College at its best, as presentations were done by Telishia Mickens, Central Campus library supervisor; Adam Rogers, educational planner; LaRae Alcidor, instructional designer, Ronald Hopkins, program director, diverse student populations; Thomas Reynolds, media production specialist; Sedrick Sexton, instructional designer; Bradford Traywick, program coordinator, minority male initiative; Dr. Roger Watkins, South Campus department chair for business and computer technology services; LaVena Wilder, media production specialist; Lamar McWaine, learning frameworks professor; and DeRhonda McWaine, department chair of college preparatory.

San Jacinto College has consistently contributed to TABPHE’s success because they both share the same vision to ensure equitable opportunities and advancement for minority personnel while fostering a positive environment for minority students to successfully matriculate.

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