Black History Month Panel Discussion

Start Date
Friday, February 23, 2024 - 3:00 pm
End Date
Friday, February 23, 2024 - 4:00 pm
Event Contact Name
Dr. Ye "Solar" Hong
Event Contact Phone #
Event Contact E-mail

The panel is part of ONU's campus-wide initiatives to recognize and celebrate Black History Month. Panelists will share their unique perspectives and experiences. We also intend to address approaches for building support and working alongside our Black campus community members to effect positive change. 


This panel will be facilitated by Adriane Thompson-Bradshaw, Ph.D., vice president for student affairs and dean of students.

Our panelists will include:

  • Judge Jessica Price Smith, JD ’97, U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge representing Ohio and an ONU Board of Trustees member;
  • Ameerah McBride, Esq., JD ’13, chief diversity officer, Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), and ONU College of Law Advisory Board member;
  • Chelsea Mack, BSBA ’11, mentoring attorney for Afghan Projects with VECINA and a 2023 William L. Robinson Young Alumni Award recipient;
  • Charles Bates, Ph.D., ONU professor of music and director of University Bands;
  • Sammie Coates, ONU assistant football coach; and
  • Holton Watson, BSBA ‘20, ONU assistant director of the Office of Multicultural Development.

Prior to the panel, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to meet and chat with our panelists from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Activities Room.