Come to the 2018 AAUP NEPA Alliance Conference
“At Risk On Campus”
Co-sponsored by King’s College & Wilkes University AAUP Chapters
Saturday, April 7, 8:30-4:30pm
Wilkes University Student Center Ballroom
(Full breakfast, lunch, and snacks included)
$40 early-bird registration available until March 28: http://aaupnepa.org/
One of four speakers: Dr. Javier Avila
Session title: “Visible: Breaking the Tradition of Otherness and Exclusion in Higher Education.”
Abstract: Dr. Ávila’s presentation will shed light on the concept of otherness as it relates to students of color and their challenges in higher education in terms of expectations, mentorship, student life, and the academic experience. An examination of several areas of representation–the media, literature, faculty, and the curriculum–will raise questions and provide possible solutions regarding the issue of at-risk students on campus.
Bio: Javier Ávila’s distinguished career began in the Caribbean, where he taught English at the University of Puerto Rico for eight years. He moved to Pennsylvania and became a beloved educator at Northampton Community College. His extraordinary work with students earned him the 2015 Pennsylvania Professor of the Year Award sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
In addition to his accomplishments in academia, Ávila is a renowned poet and novelist whose literary excellence propelled him to international recognition. His bestselling novel Different became an award-winning motion picture entitled Miente, which was screened in over a dozen countries. His poetry books The Symmetry of Time and The Dead Man’s Position earned him prestigious awards by the Pen Club and The Puerto Rico Institute of Culture, respectively. Other books—Broken Glass on the Carpet, The Professor in Ruins, and The Oldest Profession—cemented his reputation as a celebrated writer. Ávila’s books have been part of university curricula for years. He frequently visits colleges to discuss his work, motivating students to become better readers and writers. Audiences praise Ávila’s recent work for being a powerful voice for Latinos in the U.S.