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Guest Speakers

J. Scott Derrick

J. Scott Derrick

President, ACUI Board of Trustees

J. Scott Derrick has spent more than 25 years in the student affairs profession, working in student activities and student unions in multiple positions. A native of Irmo, S.C., he received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Furman University in 1988 and a master's degree in student personnel services from the University of South Carolina in 1990. He has worked previously at the University of Richmond, the College of Charleston, and Furman University and is currently serving as the executive director of the Student Union and the Cone University Center at the University of North Carolina–Charlotte. Derrick has been active professionally with both the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) and the Association of College Unions International (ACUI), the latter for which he currently serves as president. Scott currently lives in Concord, N.C., with his wife, Deborah, their daughter, Gracie, and the family poodle, Kristina.


Chaz L. Walker-Ashley

Chaz L. Walker-Ashley

Assistant Director, LGBTQIA Resource Center, University of California–Davis

Chaz L. Walker-Ashley is a black queer, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary scholar, poet, educator, artist, organizer, partner, and friend. He was born and raised in the deserts and cities of southern California by his maternal grandparents. This upbringing informs his compassion towards addiction, survivors of trauma, and elders. He has performed, lectured, and facilitated workshops at universities, colleges, and national organizations from Los Angeles to San Francisco to New Orleans. He earned his bachelor's degree in liberal studies from California State University–Los Angeles and master's in higher education and student affairs from the University of San Francisco. He is currently serving as the assistant director of the LGBTQIA Resource Center at the University of California–Davis. Walker-Ashley brings critical womanist, queer theory, and critical race theory to education and student affairs work with love, engagement, and intentionality. As a black queer educator, he believes education can be a unifying and liberating tool for equity.


Fong Tran

Fong Tran

Director of Student Activities and Campus Life, College of Alameda

Fong Tran is the director of student activities and campus life at the College of Alameda. He has a master's degree from the University of California–Davis in community development focusing on the experiences of youth of color in social media. Tran is an aspiring spoken word poet who engages students in social justice-based writing and hosts several leadership workshops on allyship, collaboration, and masculinity. He has done TEDx talks and spoken and presented workshops at several student affairs conferences, including APAHE, NASPA annual, and NASPA western regional. To learn more about Tran, visit his website:


dr. becky martinez

becky martinez

dr. becky martinez is a consultant with an emphasis on social justice, leadership, and organizational change. Her work focuses on dismantling systems of oppression through critical dialogue and reflection intertwined with theoretical foundations. Her latest focus is the social identity of class and the ways it impacts our daily lives and structures that keep classism in place.


Updated Oct. 12, 2016