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Rosita López

Credentials: Professor Emerita of Educational Administration and Leadership Northern Illinois University

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Dr. Rosita López is a gifted inspirational lecturer of international demand as keynote speaker in forums ranging from educational reform to corporate and public governance. Her presentations are lively, her illustrations practical, and her messages motivating and inspirational.

Dr. López is a proud educator who equally excels as an orator, as she does in the boardroom. She has served on the Casa Central Board, one of the largest Latino-serving nonprofit organizations in the United States, for over 25 years, 10 of them as Chairperson. She also serves as Chairperson of the Northeastern University El Centro Board in Chicago for over 18 years.

As a speaker, she frequently uses personal experience in addressing parenting skills, practical classroom teaching (experienced at the elementary, undergraduate, and graduate levels), and in managing the all-encompassing human capital.  Her presentations are invaluable to those in search of answers.

Dr. López is also known as a creative administrator with international recognition for her work with multi-cultural communities, parental involvement, leadership in educational administration, and for fostering educational reform, inclusion, and diversity.  She brings a passion and vision that motivates and empowers diverse groups and individuals with the practical skills to succeed in driving change.

She has authored numerous publications and chapters on education and leadership.  She received the National Hispanic Hero Award from the National Latino Education Institute for her service to the community. Stedman Graham in his book, Identity–Your Passport to Success included her story. She does not miss a beat in delivering her messages on equity and social justice, an essential component of educational excellence. Her audiences always leave with new insights with which to form and sustain more profitable and comfortable intercultural relationships.

Dr. López, a certified bilingual school leader is also known for working with parents of diverse backgrounds and providing leadership for Educational Reform-related issues. Her experience ranges from medical to educational including serving as director of training and reform for the Chicago Public Schools.

In addition to serving as professor emerita for Northern Illinois University (NIU), Dr. López was nominated to serve on the President’s Commission on the Status of Women and the President’s Commission on the Status of Minorities. She remains an associate with Souder-Betances & Associates, an innovative, think-tank diversity development and speaker’s organization. She conducts trainings, seminars, and studies in association with a professional team of experts on educational change. Her clients range from non-profit educational institutions, to state government, federal agencies, and corporate conglomerates.


Inclusion and Collaboration for Effective Leadership Across Cultural Lines

How do we transform the work we do into collaborative and inclusive teaching spaces? Distance learning should be authentic, engaging, and relevant. We will explore ways to develop trusting collaborative didactive approaches before assuming permission or rights that have not been granted. Not everyone feels at ease sharing information about their circumstances. Establishing a trusting relationship takes time. We will investigate ways to navigate better relationships and, in some cases, help others out of their ignorance before assuming malice. What are some of the outdated policies and communication practices that might be hindering growth and progress within the academy?

Steps towards establishing trusting relationships that include cultural diversity as well as focusing on others humanity, privacy, and skills to get the job done will be addressed. Discussion will take place around barriers that can manifest into micro-aggressions,’ unconscious or implicit bias that affect our decisions, behaviors, and interactions with others as well as the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our communication and actions.

This session explores inclusive practices focusing on ways to address self-assessment of attitudes, conventionalized ideas, bound potential, and skills needed that are crucial for overcoming the obstacles in doing your best work. In addition, the importance of essential conversations for understanding cultural differences, are highlighted, when partnering to create a climate of success in our work and teaching spaces.