Virtual Speed Networking Lounge - Equity & Inclusion Welcome

Equity and Inclusion

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Brief Abstract

Grab your coffee and join us for a special welcome from our Equity & Inclusion (E & I) committee. In this informal meet-up, members of the OLC Community will share some exciting updates on new initiatives around equity and inclusion in our field. We’ll have brief remarks from our sponsor, Name Coach, who will lead us in a lightweight networking opportunity to connect over a worthwhile cause.

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Sherri Restauri, Ph.D., Senior Executive Director of the Coastal Office of Online Learning, Coastal Carolina University Sherri currently serves as the Senior Executive Director of the Coastal Office of Online Learning at Coastal Carolina University. She is an Associated Faculty with the Psychology Department at CCU, and specializes in teaching child, adolescent, and adult development classes. Sherri has served in academia within the field of online learning for over 20 years in the role of instructional designer, LMS administrator, faculty member, and administrator. In addition to her work with Coastal, Sherri also serves the MERLOT organization as the Editor of the Professional Coaching board, as well as an editorial board member and peer reviewer for the Psychology MERLOT board. Her research focuses on methods for improving student success in the academic environment, to include all modalities of learning (online, face-to-face, hybrid, flipped, etc.). She has worked as a consultant for a number of organizations to support the development of successful, and highly impactful digital learning initiatives. Sherri has served as a volunteer with the Online Learning Consortium for over a decade now, serving in various roles and responsibilities on the steering and operations committees for the OLC Accelerate and OLC Innovate conference, including serving as a frequent and Featured Speaker as Innovate, Accelerate, and even Collaborate. Sherri states that in addition to the pleasure of serving recently as the OLC Accelerate Conference Co-Chair, her most fulfilling role so far with OLC has been in service to the Equity and Inclusion Committee, where she and her colleagues are working to help serve and support all educators across the globe through service to OLC.
Dr. Bouchey is Associate Professor and Associate Dean, College of Professional Studies and Advancement at National Louis University where she also serves as Director of Online Academics for the university. Dr. Bouchey has enjoyed a long history in higher education and online leadership serving in roles at smaller institutions ranging from Vice President of Operations, Provost, and Dean, to her most cherished role as faculty member. Dr. Bouchey has had the opportunity to lead all aspects of an online campus in her career and spends time each week in deep dialog with an engaged personal learning network discussing the evolving nature of online education. Dr. Bouchey holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University at Albany, an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Doctorate in Education from Northeastern University. Dr. Bouchey is proud OLC member where she is a graduate of the Institute for Emerging Leaders in Online Learning (IELOL), was awarded a Bruce Chaloux Scholarship for Early Career Excellence, and is a co-chair for the IDEA Committee for OLC. She is also a member of the leadership subcommittee for the National Coalition on Online Education (NCOE, part of UPCEA).

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