Kiki Baker Barnes

Kiki Baker Barnes is the Director of Athletics at Dillard University and past president of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Her research involves student-athlete success and coaches’ influence on athlete performance. She is an expert in strategic planning, program management, organizational revitalization and intercollegiate athletics. Before becoming Athletic Director on a full-time basis, Barnes also served as the head coach of Dillard’s women’s basketball team until 2013.

Barnes is the first female and the first African-American president of the GCAC. In 2011, 2014 and 2015 she was voted the conference’s Athletic Director of the Year and in 2015 she received the Administrator of the Year award from the National Association of College Women Athletic Directors.

Kiki Headshot 2Director of Athletics, Dillard University

Areas of Expertise: Athletic performance, student-athlete success, coach-athlete relationships, strategic planning, organizational revitalization

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

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Shaun Harper

Shaun R. Harper is on the faculty in the Graduate School of Education, Africana Studies, and Gender Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also serves as Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education.

Harper’s research examines racial and gender disparities in education, racial problems and diversity trends on college campuses, Black and Latino male student success in high school and higher education, and contemporary issues in college sports (i.e., scandals and racism).

He is author of over 85 peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications. His 11 books include Responding to the Realities of Race on Campus (2007), College Men and Masculinities (2010), and Advancing Black Male Student Success from Preschool through Ph.D. (2014). His newest book, Scandals in College Sports, is being published later this year.

The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and numerous other media outlets have quoted Harper and featured his research. He has appeared on ESPN, CSPAN and multiple times on NPR.

Associate Professor, Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania

Areas of Expertise: Race, Education, Higher Education, Racial and Gender Disparities in Education, Black and Latino Male Success in Higher Education, Contemporary Issues in College Sports, Racial Problems and Diversity Trends on College Campuses

Location: Philadelphia, PA

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Office: (215) 898-5147
Mobile: (812) 219-9655

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Office: (215) 898-9642

Or, you can contact University of Pennsylvania Communications Officer Jill DiSanto
Office: (215) 898-4820

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