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Virtual Lecture: Community College in Society

The Mississippi State Department of Educational Leadership’s Community College Leadership Program invites you to attend the second annual Community College in Society Fall Conference virtually at 1 p.m. on October 20.

The event will feature Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher, Associate Dean of Equity, Justice and Strategic Partnership for the School of Education and Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Foundations at the University of Pittsburgh, and is co-sponsored by MSU’s Division of Access, Diversity, and Inclusion and Mississippi Chapter of the National Multicultural Education Association.

Register for this event on the Department of Educational Leadership website at or by visiting

An international scholar and transformative leader in higher education and policy, Zamani-Gallaher will discuss “Interrupting Inequalities: The Importance of Fostering Post-Secondary Access and Belonging for Underserved Groups”. She is also Executive Director of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges, an affiliate of the American Association of Community Colleges, and served as Director of Research and Scholarships for ACPA-College Student Educators International. From 2015 to 2022, Zamani-Gallaher served as director of the Office for Community College Research and Leadership, securing $9 million in grants and contracts during that time that supported more than 30 doctoral research assistants and half a dozen master’s and undergraduate assistants.

Zamani-Gallaher’s research has been published in various academic journals and texts, including Equity and Excellence in Education, Higher Education Policy, and New Directions for Student Affairs. She is the author/co-author/editor of eight texts, including “Rethinking LGBTQIA Students” and “Collegiate Contexts: Identity, Policies, and Campus Climate” (Routledge); “Working with Students in Community Colleges: Contemporary Transition Strategies

Theory, Research and Practice” (ACPA/Stylus Publishing); and “The Obama Administration and Education Reform” (Emerald Group Publishing). She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in General Experimental Psychology from Western Illinois University and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration with an emphasis in Community College Leadership and Educational Evaluation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Other participants in the program will include current doctoral students and alumni of the community college leadership program.

If you need help with a disability, contact Linda Coats at 662-325-2416.