Keynote Speaker

Relationships Matter: Using Data-Informed Decisions to Drive Student Success

Talithia Williams | Associate Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College

Friday, June 2 @ 10:00 AM Marquis Ballroom, Marriott Marquis Washington DC

The college experience thrives on relationships. Administrators, staff, and faculty frequently make tough decisions that can have an incredible impact on our students’ lives. But, what data should our institutional communities have access to? And how can data be used effectively to shape the student experience, whether at community colleges, private liberal arts colleges, public or research universities, or for-profit institutions? In this talk, we’ll explore the changing culture of higher education data analytics and discuss effective techniques for engaging institutional constituencies.

Talithia Williams takes sophisticated numerical concepts, including her specialty field “big data,” and makes them understandable and relatable to everyone. As illustrated in her popular TedTalk, “Own Your Body’s Data,” she demystifies the mathematical process in amusing and insightful ways, using statistics as a way of seeing the world in a new light and transforming our future through the bold new possibilities inherent in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields. As an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, she has made it her life’s work to get people – students, parents, educators and community members – more excited about the possibilities inherent in a STEM education. Her research also involves a partnership with the World Health Organization to develop incidence models of cataract for developing countries. She holds a Ph.D. in Statistics from Rice University and a dual Master’s degree in Mathematics and Statistics from Howard University and Rice University, respectively.