Beideman Visiting Scholar Program

- Alumni Auditorium & Zoom
Open to:
  • Alumni
  • Current Adult & Professional Studies Students
  • Current Graduate Students
  • Current Undergraduate Students
  • Faculty/Staff
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The 2022 visiting scholar is Dr. Shaun Harper, one of the nation's most highly respected racial equity experts. 

Attendees may join us in person at Alumni Auditorium or virtually via Zoom. Masks and Widener ID or proof of vaccination are required to attend in person.


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About Dr. Harper

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Dr. Harper works at the University of Southern California as a Provost Professor in the Rossier School of Education and the Marshall School of Business. He is also the Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership, founder and executive director of the USC Race and Equity Center, and immediate past president of the American Educational Research Association. He also served as the 2016-17 Association for the Study of Higher Education president, and was elected to the National Academy of Education in 2021.

Dr. Harper’s research focuses primarily on race, gender, and other dimensions of equity in an array of organizational contexts, including K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and corporations. He has published 12 books and over 100 other academic publications. His research has been cited in nearly 17,000 published studies across a vast array of academic fields and disciplines. Atlantic Philanthropies and the Bill & Melinda Gates, Lumina, Ford, Kellogg, College Futures, Kresge, Sloan, and Open Society Foundations have awarded him more than $17 million in grants.

The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Chronicle of Higher Education, and several thousand other news outlets have quoted Professor Harper and featured his research. He has interviewed on CNN, ESPN, Black News Channel, and NPR. He also has testified twice to the United States House of Representatives and spoken at numerous White House convenings. Dr. Harper served on President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Advisory Council; on the national education policy committee for the Biden-Harris Campaign; and on California Governor Gavin Newsome’s statewide task force on higher education, racial equity, and COVID-19 recovery.

The recipient of dozens of top honors in his field and one honorary doctorate, Professor Harper has been repeatedly recognized in Education Week as one of the 10 most influential scholars in the field of education.

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The Beideman Visiting Scholar program brings world-class speakers and scholars to the Widener campus on an annual basis to stimulate discussions on current and pertinent theories and practices related to leadership development and the effective exercise of leadership. The program is made possible by a generous gift from Paul and Caroline Beideman.