Dafina-Lazarus Stewart, PhD is a higher education scholar, teaching and researching primarily in the areas of identity intersectionality, experiences and outcomes of racially minoritized college students, and broad issues of diversity and social justice. Ze is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Higher Education and Student Affairs and an affiliated faculty member with the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Bowling Green State University.
Speaking & Training Profile
Dr. Stewart has delivered keynote addresses and facilitated workshops and presentations at BGSU and several other colleges and universities and non-profit groups. Community colleges, research universities, and private liberal arts institutions have invited Dr. Stewart to share on topics ranging from multicultural competence, ethics, interfaith cooperation, spiritual development, identity intersectionality, leadership, and success in college.
Keynote addresses and other speaking engagements:
- Stewart, D. L. (2014, October). Riding the see-saw bareback: The theoretical moment. Invited panelist for the opening forum of the National Symposium on LGBTQ Research in Higher Education, Michigan State University.
- Stewart, D. L. (2014, April). Identity and intersectionality in higher education research and practice. Race Matters Lecture Series, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA.
- Stewart, D. L. (2014, March). Theorizing synergy [Theorist HEd Talk]. American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Annual Convention, Indianapolis, IN.
- Stewart, D. L. (2014, February). Interrupting heteronormativity in research [Invited panelist]. Diversity in Higher Education Seminar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- Stewart, D. L. (2014, February). The rhyme and rhythm of faith and justice [Lunch presentation]. Illinois Interfaith Conference, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- Stewart, D. L. (2014, February). Competencies for interfaith work in student affairs [Pre-conference workshop]. Illinois Interfaith Conference, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- Stewart, D. L. (2014, February). A call to conflict [Opening keynote]. Illinois Interfaith Conference, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- Stewart, D. L. (2012, December). Transgressing gender: Another level. “Ain’t I a Woman” Empowerment Conference, University of California-Davis.
- Stewart, D. L. (2013, March). Facilitating student development through academic advising [2 sessions]. Division of Student Affairs, Franklin University, Columbus, OH.
- Stewart, D. L. (2013, January). Building an inclusive campus community. Presentation for the Damascus Road Team MLK Faculty/Staff Workshop, Bluffton University, Bluffton, OH.
- Stewart, D. L. (2013, January). Building an inclusive campus community. Presentation for the Emerging Leaders Retreat, Allegheny College, Meadville, PA.
- Stewart, D. L. (2013, January). Revisiting the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote address for MLK Forum. Bluffton University, OH.
- Stewart, D. L. (2012, December). Transgressing gender: Another level. Opening keynote address at “Ain’t I a Woman Empowerment Conference,” University of California-Davis.
- Stewart, D. L. (2012, November). Conflicts of social justice: Multicultural competence and student activism. Presentation to the Division of Student Affairs, University of California-Davis.
- Stewart, D. L. (2012, October). Intersections of identity, authenticity, and coming out. Keynote address for Annual Coming Out Week. University of Rhode Island.
- Stewart, D. L. (2012, September). Components of true leadership. Keynote address for 5th Annual Student Leadership Symposium. San Francisco State University, CA.
Trainings and workshops:
- Facilitator of staff strategic planning retreat for the Women’s Research and Resource Center at the University of California at Davis (July 2013).
- Facilitator of staff retreat focused on building learning partnerships in multicultural competence. Wellesley College, Office of Intercultural Education/Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (January 2013).
- Facilitator of staff retreat session focused on facilitating student development through student affairs work. University of Baltimore, Division of Student Affairs (January 2013).
- Co-facilitator of staff retreat session on building inclusive campus environments [with Kathy Obear, Ed.D.]. University of Baltimore, Division of Student Affairs (January 2013).
- Conflicts of social justice: Multicultural competence and student activism. Professional development workshop, Division of Student Affairs, University of California-Davis. November 2012.
- Authenticity and identity intersectionality. LGBTQ Resource Center. Annual Coming Out Week, University of Rhode Island. October 2012.
- Identity and intersectionality for student affairs professionals. Office of Housing and Residence Life, University of Dayton, OH. July 2012.
- Safety, conflict, & identity: Navigating campus spaces. Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH. March 2012.
- Facilitating students’ meaning-making development. Terra State Community College, Fremont, OH. February 2012.
- Treading water and swimming upstream: Facilitating students’ meaning-making development. University of New Hampshire, Durham. October 2011. *ACPA Speaker Showcase.
Other presentation experiences:
Dr. Stewart has also served as one of the faculty for the ACPA Donna M. Bourassa Mid-level Management Institute and has been an active presenter at the ACPA, NASPA, and ASHE annual conferences. Ze is also currently serving as the ACPA Standing Committee for Women’s Senior Scholar in Residence.
Serious about hir own continued personal and professional development, Dr. Stewart is also an alum of the Social Justice Training Institute (December 2010).
Recommendations from past clients:
- “Dr. Stewart was a tremendous asset to our Housing and Residence Life professional staff orientation. [Hir] learning-centered design provoked deep reflection and engagement on topics ranging from identity development to equity and justice issues. I strongly believe that any student affairs or higher education organization would benefit from [hir] services when providing training and professional development opportunities for staff.” Rachel Wagner, Associate Director of Housing and Residence Life, University of Dayton (summer 2012)
- “[Dafina-Lazarus] came to our school to meet with our division of student life. What I appreciated about [hir] visit was [hir] ability to weave in bits and pieces of our own institution. It wasn’t a generic presentation, but tailored to our culture by someone who clearly did their research to further understand what our needs were. She had us thinking more critically about the issues we faced and was able to connect the ways all of our departments should be invested in social justice work.” Peter Nguyen, Asian Pacific American Community Coordinator, Multicultural Resource Center, Oberlin College (spring 2012)
- “Dr. Stewart facilitated a workshop for us on religious privilege in an interfaith context. [Ze] helped an interfaith group including those who might resist engaging this issue to understand how religious privilege works, engage with others and address alternative ways of structuring interfaith engagement.” Bob Trube, Past President, University Interfaith Association at The Ohio State University (fall 2011)
- “[Dafina-Lazarus] has a very special gift for getting at the core questions necessary to grow an interfaith initiative. At OSU [ze] served as a consultant and featured presenter around interfaith process/conversations. She came highly recommended by [hir] academic colleagues, and [ze] was a joy to work with!” Rebecca Nelson, Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President, The Ohio State University (spring 2011)
To bring Dr. Stewart to your campus or organization, call (419) 807-1109 or send an email with your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Currently accepting requests for spring and summer for half-day or full-day trainings, workshops, or shorter speaking engagements.
- Honoraria and fees vary depending on your preferences/needs.
- Call or e-mail your request soon as hir calendar is filling up quickly!