Rev. Michael A. HuntRev. Michael A. Hunt, a native of Baltimore, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), and his Master of Divinity from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael has served as a university/college administrator, middle & high school math instructor, musical vocalist, and social justice educator, shaping the lives of today’s leaders. His life’s work, for the past twenty years, focuses on Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) within institutional structures by encouraging radical inclusion through social justice engagement & holistic partnerships. Also, Michael has returned to his alma mater as the Director of the UMBC McNair Scholars Program, working to increase underrepresented and underserved, first-generation, and low-income students’ attainment of research-based doctoral degrees. His personal research interest seeks to bridge spirituality and STEM education by providing culturally nuanced resources for increasing self-esteem and promoting holistic critical mentoring. Michael is completing his PhD. at UMBC in the Language, Literacy, and Culture (LLC) Program. He embraces daily the belief that “If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living shall not be in vain.”
Erica Dotson is from Wagoner, Oklahoma. She graduated from Northeastern State University with a B.S. in Psychology in May of 2022. During her time at NSU, she also minored in chemistry and criminal justice. Her career goals include attending medical
school, specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry, and working in tribal healthcare in Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys
painting landscapes, cooking for her friends and family, and taking road trips.