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NKU SOTA Summit Series

Spring 2021 Sessions

This exciting series of virtual round-table, town-hall-type sessions will be co-moderated by Dr. Daryl Harris and guest professionals in the arts. This semester’s three part series focuses on wellness and health resources as it relates to specific communities in the arts.

The past year has made us painfully aware of our personal health and wellness. But what does the term "wellness" actually mean? Is wellness the same for everyone or are specific communities affected in different ways by stress or other health issues. The SOTA Summit series continues this semester exploring health and wellness specific to Womxn, LGBTQ+, and BIPOC communities.


  • March 30, 7 p.m. – Wellness in the Arts: Womxn in the Arts
    • Dr. Susannah Coaston (NKU School of Kinesiology, Counseling, and Rehabilitation Science)
    • Meriden McGraw (UC Center for Integrative Healthy and Wellness)
    • Corrie Danieley (Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist (ISMETA) and Certified Teacher of The Alexander Technique (ATI)
  • April 13, 7 p.m. – Wellness in the Arts: Part 2 – LGBTQ+ in the Arts
  • April 27, 7 p.m. – Wellness in the Arts: Part 3 – BIPOC in the Arts
    • Renee Henry
    • Dr. Rhyanne McDade, Diversity Post Doctoral Fellow, NKU School of Kinesiology, Counseling, and Rehabilitation Science

Fall 2020 Sessions

The SOTA Summit Series is an exciting new virtual roundtable. Led by Michael Hatton and Daryl Harris, the series hosts guest professionals in the arts to prompt conversation and the exchange of ideas.

Oct. 7, 7 p.m. "Experiencing Race in the Arts: Battles and Biases"

  • Gee Horton (visual artist, Mercantile Library’s first African American Artist-in-Residence)
  • Jaime Morales-Matos (music director of Central Ohio Symphony)
  • Darnell Pierre Benjamin (dancer, director, choreographer, educator; Pones; Cincinnati Shakespeare Company)

Guest Bios

Oct. 28, 7 p.m. "Arts in the Age of 'Me Too': Women in the Arts"

  • Meghan Bennett (classical flautist, NKU Music Faculty)
  • Kim Popa (NKU alumna, Executive Director/Co-Founder of Pones)
  • Kayla Upthegrove (NKU alumna, first African American female jazz saxophonist to work in Greater Cincinnati)

Guest Bios

Nov. 18, 7 p.m. "Equity and Allyship: LGBTQ+ in the Arts"

  • Emily Borst (NKU alumna, theatre artist)
  • Dan Davidson, a.k.a. Sparkle Leigh ("Swiss Army knife" of an artist)
  • Ronnie Gladden (Diversity & Inclusion Motivational Speaker)
  • Alistair Kraft (editor, American Legal Publishing; Puchcart Prize Nominee)
  • Aleksa Manila (Seattle's sweetheart of social activism, founder of Pride ASIA)

Guest Bios