BEDI Summit: Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker #1

Dr. Gisela P. Vega, Ed.D.

Dr. Gisela P. Vega is currently the Director of the LGBTQ Student Center and an adjunct faculty member in Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Miami. She is completing her 29th year in higher education. She has presented at national and international conferences, countless workshops and is passionate about diversity education, social justice, leadership development, mentoring, gender and sexuality issues and addressing issues of access and choice in higher education. She served as the inaugural full-time professional staff member at Florida International University in 2012 developing the LGBTQA Initiatives program, the first program of its kind established in a south Florida College or University. In her most recent role as the Center’s Director, she worked with staff and colleagues to establish the Gender and Sexuality Living Learning Community at the University of Miami. She is also a contributing Author in NACADA’s recent book, Advising Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer College Students. She holds her Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Florida International University, M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership, a B.F.A. in Art Education and in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Her experiences both personally and professionally have centered her work and research in helping individuals understand different identities including race, gender and sexuality and their intersections. As an alumna of the Greek community, Dr. V. is excited to join Gamma Phi Beta for their BEDI summit. She personally understands the importance and impact of sisterhood, it’s development of a young woman’s life and how this resonates with Gamma Phi Beta’s vision of “building confident women of character who celebrate sisterhood and make a difference in the world around”.

Originally from Chicago, she loves travelling and has travelled around the world in 100 days. She is of Panamanian and Puerto Rican descent and is a proud first-generation graduate. Dr. V. has been a recipient of the Aqua Foundation for Women’s Leadership Award in 2016, and the 2019 National GLBTQ Task Force Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award recipient. Dr. Vega is originally from Chicago and currently lives in Miami with her spouse Madelin.  

Keynote Speaker #2

Victoria Alexander

Victoria Alexander is a Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion practitioner whose passions are rooted in anti-racist pedagogy, critical consciousness building, and experiences of Black students in predominately white institutions. The aim of her work is to challenge the myths regarding the historical and present-day distributions of power, investigate the role of racism and anti-racism in social, professional, and educational spaces, and empower people to analyze their own social identities and positions within systems of power.

Victoria Alexander is currently a PhD student at the University of Maryland College of Education, studying Higher Education.

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