COMING SOON: 2023 NGLA Lectorials on R.A.C.E.

NGLA offers an educational experience that provides our fraternal leaders with inspiration, hope, and vision to navigate our world. While we are working on programming for the 2023 NGLA Annual Conference, we encourage you to explore the 2022 NGLA Annual Conference experience.

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2022 NGLA Lectorials on R.A.C.E.

Our Lectorials on R.A.C.E. program, supported by Kappa Kappa Gamma and hosted by The Parallel Agency, is a series of lectorials focused on Racism, Anti-Blackness, Colorism, and Equity. A lectorial is a large-scale educational program underpinned by active student-centered learning, utilizing inquiry-based and adult learning as methodologies of teaching and learning, and involving collaborative and interactive activities in place of traditional didactic lectures and tutorials. The experience is a presentation followed by interactive facilitated conversation.

The Lectorials on R.A.C.E. is on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 2:30pm ET.


Racism  |  Exploring the #HiddenHistory of Fraternity & Sorority Life
presented by Dr. Michele D. Smith

In the 1800s, fraternities were founded on the core principle of exclusion. This has resulted in many pieces of our #hiddenhistory being tucked away and not discussed. Until we reflect upon and reconnect with this truth, our inclusion efforts will only be as effective as our most passionate members. This session is an opportunity to reframe the narrative, and start the conversation…it’s an opportunity to listen, reflect, and develop. In this session, we’ll reflect on early memories of race, racism, and racial justice while discussing the historical foundations of those concepts. We’ll talk through the importance of continuous learning, and how to leverage that new knowledge to prioritize equity and racial justice efforts in your organization.

Key aims for this session include: 

  • Articulating their values system within the context of a democratic society.

  • Respectfully recognizing multiple perspectives and cultures.

  • Discuss the importance of contributing their knowledge and experiences to their community(ies).

  • Reflecting on what the new knowledge means for their organization regarding exclusivity, equity and racial justice.

Presenter Biography:

Dr. Michele Smith (she/hers) is an experienced educator and researcher with a niche for developing effective strategies for complex problems. She has 20+ years of experience in higher education, most recently serving as the Vice Provost for Student Affairs & Dean of Students and an Associate Professor in the Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundations Division in the School of Education at the University of Missouri - Kansas City where she is responsible for increasing collaboration between student affairs and academic programs to enhance student retention, graduation and career advancement. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and also serves as an Educator with the Parallel Agency. 

Dr. Smith is a graduate of Creighton University and a two time graduate of Ohio University, most recently with her Ph.D. focused in collegiate teaching, sports administration and counseling. She is an avid researcher and has contributed to 15 publications and/or books that have largely focused on the social, cultural and political aspects of higher education as it pertains to the intersectionality of race and gender. Her work is motivated by and grounded in a social justice and cultural conscious framework, which she uses to navigate challenging conversations around these topics.

Email: [email protected]
Instagram@dr.micheles and @be.parallel


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Anti-Blackness  |  Why We Shouldn’t Wait: Avoiding Racial Justice Procrastination
presented by Alonzo Cee

At a personal and organizational level, it is easy to procrastinate when things don’t seem “as bad” as they used to be. Why me? Why now? The moral arc of the universe bends towards justice right? Through this session participants will leave with thoughtful reflections and action steps to prevent themselves and their organizations from procrastinating toward making changes to achieve racial justice. Recognizing that everyone’s actions hold weight, and that the arc towards justice is dependent on our urgency to act. Because for those that are suffering, justice sometimes cannot wait.

Key aims for this session include:

  • Discussing the urgency for dismantling racist systems.

  • Recognizing and avoiding overnight activism and convenient allyship.

  • Reflecting on historical and personal pasts to construct values systems for personal congruence and actions toward racial justice.

Presenter Biography:

Born in Harlem, New York City, Alonzo (He/Him) currently serves as the Program Coordinator for Inclusive Excellence at Elon University, where he received his bachelor’s in statistics and master’s in higher education. Previously, Alonzo has worked at Auburn University, where he served as a Coordinator for Leadership Programs and he is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Alonzo is a passionate educator and speaker that engages people through authenticity and vulnerability, so that we may all change for the better. He aims to make difficult conversations accessible and easy to digest, so that we can create communities that grow together. He has presented to thousands of people, while extending his reach through published blog and podcast features, speaking on various diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice topics. Alonzo aims to empower his audiences to be the leaders that the future so desperately needs, by giving them the knowledge, skills, and abilities to become changemakers now.

Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @acee_23 and @be.parallel 





Colorism  |  In Living Color: A Critical Conversation on Colorism
presented by Dr. Tiffany Reed

Understanding the complexities of Colorism is vital to our inclusion efforts for students, faculty, or staff. Colorism shows up in interviews and everyday interactions – it’s at the core of beauty bias. Colorism is widespread and its impact is infinite. Family or Community it’s where colorism can start. This session will explore the impact of Colorism on the culture of an organization. During this interactive dialogue, we will highlight the role Colorism plays in hindering inclusion efforts within organizations, as well as the historical connection to racism in America. We’ll also discuss the interconnectedness of Colorism and bias while reflecting on the impact that intersection has on others.

Key aims for this session include:

  • An introduction to the concept of Colorism.

  • Discussing how Colorism shows up in every community.

  • Build empathy by discussing the impact of Colorism.

  • Reflect on how Colorism affects a person’s self-image and self-esteem.

Presenter Biography:

Originally from Gary, Indiana, Dr. Tiffany Reed (she/hers) is a scholar, entrepreneur, practitioner and seasoned higher education professional. She is a graduate of Indiana University Purdue University - Indianapolis, Rowan University, and most recently, Maryville University St. Louis where she earned her Doctorate in Higher Education and Leadership. Her research focused on Black Racial Identity Development within Sister Circles at Predominantly White Institutions.

Dr. Reed has over 12 years of experience within student affairs including residential life, student activities, scholarship and mentorship programs, student leadership, and diversity, equity and inclusion. She is also the founder and principal consultant of InclusionP365, an organization that empowers companies to establish a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as a day-to-day priority.

Currently, Dr. Reed serves as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Inclusion at Indiana State University and is a member of  Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has been recognized as the Presidential Award Winner at Maryville University, an Honoree from the Black Faculty and Staff Council at Indiana State University, and was recently selected as a member of the Board of Directors for the PRIDE Center of Terre Haute. Dr. Reed strives to create an inclusive collegiate experience for all students, while dismantling the social construct of systematic racism and inequities students of color face.

Email: [email protected]
Instagram: @be.parallel


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Equity  |  Numbers Follow, They Do Not Lead: Prioritizing the "E" in DEI
presented by Nicki Rowlett 

“Diversity is a fact. Inclusion is an action. Equity is a choice.”
-Arthur Chan

And when we boil it down, the choices we make are what makes us the leaders we are.

This session will explore the interconnectedness of power, equity, and cultural humility with specific take-aways to fraternity and sorority life. We’ll discuss how to leverage your sphere of control to redistribute power in a way that makes meaning for people of different lived experiences.

Our decisions are something WE control. Lean in and learn to reimagine the way we think about our inclusivity efforts through the lens of equity.

 Key aims for this session include:

  • Describing the key components of equity.

  • Discussing the intersection of power, privilege, position, and equity.

  • Reflecting on the role equity plays in our inclusivity efforts.

  • Discussing tangible ways to center equity when making decisions.

Presenter Biography:

Nicki (she/hers) was borned and raised in Michigan and has lived in seven states in the past 15 years. She’s a graduate of Central Michigan University (B.A.A.) and Ball State University (M.A.). Nicki has worked with thousands of FSL members in areas of equity, organizational culture and inclusion, most notably with the Parallel Agency where she serves as the Lead Strategist. 

Nicki is a seasoned facilitator and long-time volunteer within the fraternal industry, and has worked with Delta Gamma, Delta Sigma Phi, and the North American Interfraternity Conference on their DE&I efforts. Nicki also serves as the Co-Chair for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Commission with Delta Phi Epsilon International Sorority, for which she is a member. 

In her 9-5 job, Nicki works in talent acquisition and diversity sourcing for a fortune 20 company. When she’s not working, you can find Nicki cooking, spending quality time with her fiance Adam, or preparing for her next performance with the ammeture dance crew she’s a part of. 

Email: [email protected] 
LinkedIn: /nickirowlett 
Instagram: @thatssoniickki and @be.parallel