Malik S. Henfield, Ph.D.
Founding Dean and Professor, Institute for Racial Justice at Loyola University Chicago

Dr. Malik S. Henfield is Professor and Founding Dean of the Institute for Racial Justice at Loyola University Chicago. He received a BA in Biology from Francis Marion University, a MEd and EdS in School Counseling from The University of South Carolina, and a PhD in Counselor Education from The Ohio State University. Dr. Henfield has published multiple scholarly manuscripts and books, and delivered numerous national, regional, state, and local keynote addresses and professional presentations. His work to date has focused heavily on the experiences of Black students formally identified as gifted/high-achieving while his latest projects focus more exclusively on developing, implementing, and evaluating in- and out-of-school interventions associated with developing Black students ready to succeed in college and careers.


Stephanie Hicks, Ph.D.

Stephanie Hicks (Ph.D., RYT-200) came to the practice of yoga in 2011, after many starts and stops on the yoga mat. She hoped the practice would help her create some stability in a time of great precarity in her life. What she found was even greater: a community, a renewed sense of purpose, and the ability to look at herself and others with more grace and compassion, and less judgment and fear. In 2016, she founded Yoga for Black Lives to support resistance to state-sanctioned violence against Black life by giving people the opportunity to take part in a life-affirming and life-sustaining practice. Her writing and thoughts about yoga, social identities and systems of oppression has appeared in Practicing Yoga as Resistance: Voices of Color in Search of Freedom and Yoga Journal. Stephanie has practiced and taught in various studios around the US, as well as Central America. When she’s not on the mat, Stephanie can be found teaching in the University of Michigan's Program on Intergroup Relations, where she’s a faculty member. (Or taking a long walk with her dog Lola, cooking a good meal for her loved ones, or binge watching reality tv shows :)

Workshop Description 

Stephanie Hicks, PhD will lead Friday's evening session will help participants integrate the information and energy they've taken in throughout the day using breathwork and subtle movement. It will feature short readings by Stephanie and a meditative closing.

Saturday's session will give participants an opportunity to shape -or reshape- their morning ritual by offering meditation, sound healing, and subtle movement. Participants can head into the day with a sense of renewal.

Nadine Naber, Ph.D.

Dr. Nadine Naber is a scholar-activist and Professor in the Gender and Women's Studies Program and the Global Asian Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She is co-founder of the Arab and Muslim American Studies Program at the University of Michigan and founder of the Arab American Cultural Center at UIC. Dr. Naber is the author/co-author of five books: Arab America: Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism (2012); Race and Arab Americans (2008); Arab and Arab American Feminisms (2010); The Color of Violence (2006); and Towards the Sun. She is an expert author for UNESCWA; a board member of the Arab American Action Network; co-founder of the organization Mamas Activating Movements for Abolition and Solidarity and founder of Liberate Your Research. She is currently Co-PI of the report, The Status of Racial Justice for Arab Americans in Chicago at the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at UIC. She is co-author of the forthcoming book, Pedagogies of the Radical Mother (Haymarket Press).

Workshop Description 

Dr. Naber will lead participants in healing from academic anxieties related to imposter syndrome, overwhelm, and racial/gendered oppression. These healing practices will affirm forms of radical self love and collective empowerment that have immense implications for fostering creativity and writing prosperity.  Grounded in self-confidence and collective power, participants will work on naming and claiming their theories and methods with clarity. Participants will then develop a writing plan grounded in what they stand for and the future they envision for themselves and the world around us. 


Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstad, Ph.D.

Dr. Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt is the Edith Green Distinguished Professor at Linfield University in Oregon where she teaches in the English Department and also co-coordinates the Gender Studies program. She is the author of the monograph, The Postcolonial Citizen: The Intellectual Migrant and is also the lead editor of Civility, Free Speech and Academic Freedom in Higher Education: Faculty on the Margins. As a public intellectual Dutt-Ballerstadt writes frequently about the state of marginalized faculty in various national publications along authoring scholarly articles on the intersections of critical race theory, decolonization and transnational feminism. She also mentors both students and BIPOC/BIWOC faculty to navigate various barrier in higher ed. Dutt-Ballerstadt also serves as the editor for Inside Higher Ed’s column “Conditionally Accepted,” a column for marginalized faculty in higher education. In 2021 she founded Academic Trauma in Higher Ed and leads various national level workshops centering BIPOC faculty and staff. Writing as a Public Intellectual: Speaking Truth to Power

Workshop Description
Who or what is a public intellectual? How can we as BIPOC educators, scholars, researchers, creative writers begin to expand and articulate our thoughts and ideas beyond the academy, so that these ideas resonate with a broader public? What are some particular rewards and risks of writing as a public intellectual?

Whether you are a humanities scholar or a scientist or social scientist, in this workshop you will learn some strategies and techniques of how to both write and pitch ideas for a broader public and potential avenues for publications beyond the peer reviewed journals in your field. Being a public intellectual can be impactful in various ways, including contributions to public policies, diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, critiquing the university to advocate for the creation of a “just” university, along with adding your voice to issues that you are passionate about. In addition, you can also begin to present your research to a much broader audience, a demographic that may or may not have access to your research.

Please come to this workshop with your ideas and enthusiasm. We will be practicing some actual writing to get everyone started to experience your public intellectual voice and vision.

Margy Thomas, Ph.D. 

Margy Thomas, Ph.D., founder of ScholarShape and host of the Oracles of Academia podcast, helps you bring creativity and intuition into your academic writing practice so that you can craft fascinating scholarship and enjoy the process. ScholarShape's signature method is Story-Argument design, a structured yet flexible approach to shaping your manuscripts, and your scholarly life, to function as both compelling stories and persuasive arguments. Underpinning this method is the Story-Argument model, a conceptual framework that describes the deep structure of powerful knowledge products across genres and disciplines. Margy synthesized the model through many years of academic research and work as a developmental editor. Yes, magical potions, tarot cards, and astrology charts may have also been involved. Website: ScholarShape.com / Twitter: @ScholarShape / Instagram: @scholarshape

Workshop Description 

The writing process tends to defy tidy plans and firm deadlines. No map can show us exactly where to go; no template or formula can show us exactly what to do. Creating scholarship is just that, a creative act. It is inherently messy, idiosyncratic, and improvisational. Yet messy doesn't have to mean chaotic. Available to each of us, as humans, are the meaning-making structures of the cosmos itself: an intuitive sense of unity and difference; of beginnings, middles, and endings; and of interconnection. Through these structures of coherence, we can make meaning with whatever materials we happen to have, wherever we may be. Two powerful modes of meaning-making available to scholars, evolved through millennia of human communication, are Story and Argument. You can access and amplify your powers of storytelling and argumentation in your work through a practice of Scholar Magic, a highly personalized, ongoing conversation that you cultivate with your environment, your intuition, and the infinite mystery. In this 90-minute interactive workshop, you’ll invite your unique Scholar Magic into your writing process and explore how to fuse storytelling and argumentation to structure your scholarship in any genre. You’ll discover how these flexible, generative structures work not just for your scholarly products (manuscripts), but also for your scholarly process itself -- your life as a scholar. By the end of the workshop, you will have practiced applying the Story-Argument model directly to your current project, envisioned how to navigate the next 12 months as a Story-Argument, and connected with your fellow magical scholars to share in the adventures ahead.