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Doane Alumnus Presenting Sixth Annual Polk Lectureship on Race and Social Justice

Doane Alumnus Presenting Sixth Annual Polk Lectureship on Race and Social Justice

Image of Dr. Glenn Mitchell, class of 1970.

Dr. Glenn Mitchell, principal of Memorial High School in Port Arthur, Texas, has been announced as the guest speaker at Doane University’s sixth annual Robert. L. Polk Lectureship on Race and Social Justice. The lecture will be held on Zoom at 7 p.m. Monday, March 29. The event is free and open to the public.

Mitchell, who graduated from Doane in 1970, will speak on “The Status of African Americans, Then and Now, What has Changed.”

We are honored to welcome Dr. Glenn Mitchell as our keynote speaker for the Robert L. Polk Lectureship series as both an alumni and an educator with immense experience in supporting diverse student populations,” said Luis Sotelo, vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion at Doane. “The series provides our Doane community with timely opportunities to learn about, explore and discuss issues of race and racial justice in our journey to becoming a more inclusive, equitable and diverse campus and society. It's also a celebration of Dr. Bob Polk's inspiring leadership and the difference he continues to make today.

Mitchell has an accomplished career as an administrator and educator at the secondary education level. He has an extensive background in developing and implementing programs for at-risk and special population students, and racially and ethnically diverse populations.

“Dr. Mitchell lives out his calling to serve at every intersection of life he encounters,” said Dr. Marilyn Johnson Farr, Dwight Porter professor of education and Polk Lectureship committee chair.

A panel discussion will follow Mitchell’s lecture, with the event concluded by a live Q&A with attendees. Featured panelists include:

  • Peter Ferguson, youth development coordinator for Lincoln Public Schools in Lincoln. Peter has spent nearly a quarter-century as a mission-driven, people empowerment specialist through education, as a non-profit executive, program coordinator and community stakeholder.
  • T.J. McDowell, assistant vice chancellor for student affairs for student life and leadership at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As a first generation, low income student from Lincoln, T.J. is passionate about helping students succeed and thrive.
  • Dr. Jamar Dorsey, director of community engagement and high school partnerships with Avenue Scholars in Omaha. Jamar is a passionate community advocate who currently works with students in poverty to create a career pathway for success into high wage, high skilled and high demand industries. He shares his experiences on how to navigate predominantly white spaces while maintaining his power as a person, and believes that we all have a role to play to provide equity for all people.

To view the lecture over Zoom, please enter 960 6084 9169 as the ID or join by phone at 1-669-900-6833.

WHAT: Robert L. Polk Lectureship on Race and Social Justice

WHEN: Monday, March 29 at 7 p.m.

ID: 960 6084 9169
Enter by Phone: 1-669-900-6833

About the Polk Lectureship

The Robert L. Polk Lectureship on Race and Social Justice, established by Rev. Robert L. Polk ‘52, the first Black American to earn a degree from Doane College, supports public and candid conversations about current social issues and race across the world. Inspired by Rev. Polk’s career of building bridges and challenging the barriers between races and cultures, the goal of the lecture is to provide an avenue by which important discussions surrounding race, including racial healing and racial equity, can be established and sustained. The lecture enables students, faculty, staff and guests to hear from high-impact speakers in the fields of diversity, equity and social justice.

Past series lectures have included “You Belong Here” by Rachel D. Fox in 2020; “My Living Shall not be in Vain” by Dr. Tommie Lindsey in 2019; “Time’s Up: Who’s Watching the Clock” by Maurice Watson in 2018; “The Trojan Horse of the Civil Rights Movement” by David J. Dennis, Sr. in 2017; and “Why Race Still Matters” by Robert Polk in 2016.

To contribute to the Polk Lectureship please contact Julie Rasgorshek, annual fund director, at or by calling 402-826-8561.