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Convocation 2020: Freedom to Vote

September 30, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

Join us for Antioch College Convocation 2020: Freedom to Vote

Keynote Speaker: Shannon Isom
The Honorable Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr.
Distinguished Seminar Series Speaker

Convocation 2020 speakers include: President Tom Manley, Vice President for Academic Affairs Kevin McGruder, Trustees Shadia Alvarez ’96 and Chris Chavers ’21, and a presentation of Antioch Voices featuring Mary Evans ’20.

Please register here prior to the event to receive the Zoom link

Antioch College once again gathers as a community to begin the academic year. At a time of great uncertainty, we assemble in order to attest to our continuing presence as an institution committed to advancing social justice and to our determination to realize that commitment in the work and study we undertake together. This year, we respond in particular to the unrest in our country and to the injustice and neglect that have inspired the ongoing actions in our streets. We reflect upon both our opportunities and responsibilities as citizens to participate politically and to enact change.

About Shannon Isom

Shannon TL Isom is the President and CEO of YWCA Dayton. Isom is responsible for the executive and administrative leadership of the YWCA Dayton, which strives to eliminate racism and empower women. Her priority is to carry the mission and to ensure it is both a catalyst and a disrupter for issues that affect women, especially those most acutely felt through the lens of intersectionality Isom is a member of the Antioch College Board of Trustees.

Isom has had extensive Post-Baccalaureate education from The Ohio State University School of Medicine and Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. She has a BS of Pre-Medicine/Biology from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia and an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Northeastern D’Amore-McKim School of Business in Boston, Massachusetts. Awards bestowed include: Dayton Business Journal Forty under 40, Leadership Dayton, Dayton Business Journal 50 Most Powerful Women, Better Business Bureau WiBN Top 25 Women to Watch, Antioch College Coretta Scott King Justice Award and Dayton Business Journal Forty under 40 Hall of Fame.

She lends her voice, time and energy to community through participation on innumerable boards, committees, task forces, and personal and professional mentoring.

About the Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Distinguished Seminar Series

The Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Distinguished Seminar Series was created in honor of alumnus A. Leon Higginbotham ’49, celebrated civil rights advocate, author, and federal appeals court judge. As a student at Antioch College, Leon Higginbotham headed the school’s chapter of the NAACP, along with other leadership roles, including Community Council President. His notable judicial career included being the first African American United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Chief United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 1990-1991. As an alumnus of the College, Higginbotham served on the Board of Trustees from 1983-1987.

*NOTE: Due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, Eleanor Holmes Norton ’60 is no longer able to participate.


September 30, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
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