Fred Hord is the Executive Director/Founder of the national Association for Black Culture Centers at Northern Illinois University, Professor of Counseling and Higher Education, and former Chair of Africana Studies, Knox College. Previously, he taught at Hunter College, Franklin College, Wabash College, Indiana University, Howard University, West Virginia University and North Carolina State University. Hord founded the Association for Black Culture Centers in 1988, served two terms as its President, and has been the Executive Director since 2000; he is the editor of “Nommo,” the quarterly newsletter of the ABCC. Hord edited and contributed to Black Culture Centers: Politics of Identity and Survival, the only book available that focuses on Black Culture Centers, and will be editing its sequel. He has written and/or edited eight books, has one in the galleys, and has submitted proposals to three major publishers for books on the New Negro, Psychological Issues of Black Students on White Campuses, and African American Views of the Reluctant Emancipator.
Barbara Lewis is Associate Professor of English, College of Liberal Arts. Director, William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black History and Culture. Her areas of expertise: Theater, Politics and Performance, Francophone Literature, Cultural History. She is author of a number of articles, plays, and works of short fiction.
Dr. Rodney T. Cohen has nearly two decades of experience in educational strategy and leadership involving areas of cultural competency, ethnocentric programming, curriculum development, community outreach, shared interest group fund raising and alumni relations. Cohen is the Lead Consultant for Higher Ed Diversity Consulting Group. He has led two major educational associations and served on several local and national boards. Cohen holds a doctorate in education from Vanderbilt University, and is a former Director of the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale University. He is the current ABCC President.