Featured Keynote

GCPA & GHO are excited to feature Dr. Craig Elliott as this year’s keynote speaker!

Dr. Craig Elliott

Craig Elliott, PhD serves as the Assistant Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services and Assistant Professor at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA.

Craig has presented numerous programs at the local and national level on equity, inclusion, social justice, and leadership, and has served in a variety of leadership capacities. Notably, Craig has been elected to the Vice President position for 2018-2019, and will become President for 2019-2020. He previously served as President of the California College Personnel Association from 1999-2001, chaired the Inclusion Task Force for ACPA in 2002, served on the national convention planning teams (2002 and 2013), and serves on the foundation board. He has also served NAPSA, NCORE, and currently serves on the board for World Trust. He is a Social Justice Training Institute alumnus, serves on the faculty with Student SJTI, and is a Co-Lead facilitator for the LeaderShape Institute.

Craig is also a trainer, consultant, and speaker on diversity, leadership, and social justice with over fifteen years of experience. Craig’s research interests explore white caucus work, feminism and masculinity, the intersection of Transformative Learning and Social Justice work, inclusion and equity, institutional change, and dismantling white supremacy. Craig is part of the editorial collective for Rad Dad, a zine on feminist and social justice parenting, which has published three anthologies. He has also contributed chapters on feminism, fathering, co-authored an article on the transformative nature of medical missions, and an article on institutional barriers to inclusion and equity. He is currently writing a book on identity-conscious supervision in higher education.

Craig also serves in his local community in scouting, soccer, and has served on the board of the local food bank. He has been married over 20 years to Nicole and is father to Jackson and Thomas. He loves soccer, music, time with his family, and really good, strong coffee.