EICC Diversity Council to host “Breathing While Black” webinar discussing racial injustice



Eastern Iowa Community Colleges’ Diversity Council invites the public to its online panel discussion “Breathing While Black,” where six panelists will discuss the topic of race relations and share untold stories of what it means to “breathe while black.”

You can take part in the discussion Wednesday, September 16 from 12:30 – 2 p.m. online via Zoom.

Together, the panelists will address the topic of racial injustice, including action steps we all can take to inspire unity, hope and activism. 


  • Dr. J. Q. Adams
    ACE Consulting Founder and Director, Western Illinois University Professor Emeritus
    Dr. J. Q. Adams has spent his entire academic career studying and teaching about multicultural education and diversity. His degrees include a bachelor in philosophy degree from Michigan’s Grand Valley State University, a master’s degree in alternative education from Indiana University, and a doctoral degree in educational psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He spent more than 25 years at Western Illinois University (WIU) where he created and taught undergraduate and graduate multicultural courses and was recognized for excellence as a teacher and a mentor. He has served as acting director of African American studies and as director of the educational opportunity program, as liaison for Golden Apple Scholars, and on the Illinois State Board of Education’s Teacher Certification Board.

  • Dr. Tracy Davis
    Professor and CSP Program Coordinator, Western Illinois University

    Dr. Davis’ research interests include social justice education, sexual assault prevention, identity development, men's development and moral voice/orientation. He has published book chapters in refereed journals and three books -- Advancing Social Justice: Tools, Pedagogies, and Strategies to Transform Your Campus (2013), Masculinities in Higher Education: Theoretical and Practical Considerations (2011), and Developing Social Justice Allies (2004). He frequently presents at professional conferences and consults with colleges and universities regarding race, men's development and social justice.  

  • Dwayne Hodges
    Pastor, Redeemed Voices Church, Founder/CEO Quad City Minority Expo
    Dwayne Hodges has been making a difference in the Quad Cities community for years through his work as Pastor of Redeemed Voices Church in Davenport and as Founder/CEO of Quad City Minority Expo (QCME). QCME celebrates cultural diversity and inclusiveness across all races, ethnicity, nationalities, generations, socioeconomic levels and religious affiliations with events and programs dedicated to helping community members achieve their full potential through the arts, business and social change constructs. Hodges also lends his voice locally as a motivational speaker and radio deejay.

  • Adrian Jones
    Deputy, Scott County Sheriff’s Department
    Adrian Jones currently works as a Deputy for the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, and among his many duties he patrols Scott Community College’s Belmont campus weekly. Jones was born and raised in Southern California and attended Victor Valley College for firefighting. In 2009, he moved to Alabama where he worked as a correctional officer. In 2014, he moved to Davenport to work as a federal protection service security officer with the Social Security Administration, before joining the Scott County Sheriff’s Office Reserves a year later. Jones lives in Davenport with his wife and two children.

  • Valerie S. Garr
    Director of Diversity and Coordinator of Supplemental Instruction & Tutoring for the University of Iowa College of Nursing
    A native of Davenport, Valerie Garr, M.A. is the Director of Diversity and Coordinator of Supplemental Instruction & Tutoring for the University of Iowa College of Nursing where she also oversees the Multicultural Nursing Association and chairs the College’s Diversity Committee. Garr also teaches in the UI Career Leadership Academy Program as well as guest lectures in various health sciences Colleges and at University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics Nurse Residency Program on health and cultural competence. Garr has been employed by the University of Iowa for 32 years and has previously worked in a number of roles, including as Iowa’s first Director of Diversity Relations & Outreach where she created the diversity and Spanish sections of the admissions website and developed one of the very first UI diversity recruitment brochures. In addition, Garr is founder and president of the Quad City Minority Partnership Inc, a not for profit educational organization serving QC Iowa- Illinois underrepresented high school students.

  • Milton Shaw
    Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Board Member
    Milton Shaw has served as a board member for Eastern Iowa Community Colleges since 2007.


For more information on the webinar call 1-888-336-3907 or email eiccinfo@eicc.edu