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LEONARD N. MOORE, Ph.D., George Littlefield Professor of American History and Senior Associate Vice President
Leonard N. Moore is from Cleveland, Ohio, who 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 HARRISON, Ph.D. , 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 KELLY, Ph.D., Chief of Staff for Academic Diversity Initiatives and Student Engagement and Lecturer in Sport Management
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 two sons.
RYAN M. SUTTON, PH.D. Post-doctoral Fellow, Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
Ryan is a postdoctoral fellow for the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in African-American studies, from Xavier University of Louisiana earned a master of arts degree and a doctorate in counseling psychology from Howard University. Dr. Sutton completed his APA-accredited internship at D.C. Superior Courts. He has spoken at national conferences and has published on African American youth and mental health, juvenile justice, and academic achievement.