Opening Keynote Address

Overcoming the Impossible

by Paul Hernandez, Ph.D.


Join Dr. Hernandez as he reveals his  personal journey from gang member  to educational leader; and, find out how he used education as a source of empowerment to change his life. In this keynote address, Dr. Hernandez will offer practical tools and strategies for creating transformative programs  for middle and high school students  at risk of dropping out of school.

Paul Hernandez, Ph.D., earned his  doctorate in Sociology, specializing in the sociology of education, social inequality, and diversity. Dr. Hernandez is a nationally recognized speaker and leader in college access and success, community outreach, and pedagogy for educators working with underserved/underprepared students and students at risk of dropping out of school. Dr. Hernandez has been nationally rec-ognized for his work and was awarded  the National Education Association Reg Weaver Human and Civil Rights Award, the Michigan Education Association Elizabeth Siddall Human Rights Award, the Equity in Education award by the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers,  and an Honors Professor of the Year Award for teaching.