2024 Conference Keynote Speaker


Dr. Antoinette Newsome grew up as a low-income, first-generation college student. She identifies as a Black and mixed-race woman who centers the identities of marginalized groups in her practice and research. Dr. Newsome is a proud McNair Alum from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill McNair Scholars Program where she received her B.A. in Management & Society. She also received her M.A. in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University, and her Ph.D. in Higher Education, Student Affairs, & International Education Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park, within the 10year timeframe required by the McNair program. She approaches her work using a scholar-practitioner lens with work and research experience in both the two-year and four-year sectors. Her professional experiences include areas such as TRIO Programs, Fraternity & Sorority Life, and Housing & Residence Life. Antoinette’s research interests center on the implementation of racial equity practices at the community college level, postsecondary schooling support systems for Students of Color, mentoring and peer-mentoring relationships for women of color in the academy, and equity-based action for inclusionary practices at the institutional level. Dr. Newsome is an Associate Director/Consultant for EAB’s Moon Shot for Equity, a transformational initiative to eliminate equity gaps and improve student outcomes. Through her work with Moon Shot, Dr. Newsome supports institutions nationwide in implementing 15 best practices to inform equity-minded change and leverage technology and data insights. Outside of work, Antoinette enjoys fitness classes, traveling abroad, and trying new recipes!