In the spirit of Elder Watson Diggs’ vision of honorable achievement, this culminating panel will consist of education and philanthropic stakeholders who will share meaningful experiences and ideas relative to K-12, higher education, and the promotion of education as a profession. Furthermore, the panel will discuss ideas on strengthening the ties between education and opportunities for students and professionals through mentorship, coaching and community support.
Anthony G. Stepney is the Executive Director of The Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation, a national organization committed to serving youth from under-served and under-represented communities. Stepney brings to the Foundation close to 30 years of fundraising, development, and administrative leadership experience. For the past 3 years, he has led the development and implementation of the Foundation’s Strategic Plan, developed and managed programs and services that the Foundation offers to communities across the nation. He is a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and past Vice Polemarch (president) of the multi award-winning Winter Park (FL) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Among his many achievements, most notably, Anthony is a member of the North Florida PGA Section, and designated as a PGA Master Professional— the highest educational achievement among PGA Membership. Representing close to 1% of association members, fewer than 400 PGA Member have ever achieved this status since its establishment in 1969 to recognize PGA Members who maintain the highest degree of excellence. He is the first African American to earn the designation in Player Development and only the second African American overall. Anthony was selected to the 2016 inaugural PGA LEAD Emerging Leaders cohort and is distinguished professionally for his thought leadership on business development, strategic planning, coaching, youth development and education. Additionally, he served on the PGA of America’s Employment Committee.
Throughout his career, Anthony has gained valuable leadership experience through his work with various Fortune 500 companies, Maryland State Government, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s National Leadership Fellowship, and the Salzburg Global Fellowship in Austria. He is a graduate of Lincoln University, PA (B.S. – Business).
Jordan Q. Smith is a Junior in Operations Management at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Aside from his responsibilities as a student, Jordan holds the distinct honor of being recently elected to the highest fraternity leadership office specifically designated for an undergraduate, Junior Grand Vice Polemarch (undergraduate national vice president) of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Through this role, Jordan represents thousands of fraternity undergraduate members and chairs the council of (12) Junior Province Vice Polemarchs (regional undergraduate vice presidents). Additionally, this office grants him the ability to serve on the fraternity’s Grand Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. Through service on these governing bodies, Jordan evaluates fraternity affairs and sets forth procedures.
Additionally, as a student leader, Jordan serves as Polemarch (President) of the Alpha Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. at Indiana University, Bloomington, and Resident Assistant at Forest Quadrangle. He is a Hudson & Holland Scholar and Hutton Honors Scholar. Jordan was raised in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Kevin Scott is a Chicago, Illinois native and a retired 32-year Chicago Police Department veteran. He was promoted to the rank of Detective in 2000, and for the next 22 years, he conducted a wide range of investigations regarding violent and property crimes and crimes against children. He also developed intelligence of real-time violent crime offenses and domestic threat awareness assessments throughout the city of Chicago.
Scott is a 1998 initiate of the Chicago (IL) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He has served as the chapter’s senior vice polemarch (vice president), reporter, and historian since 2007. Scott recently held dual chapter membership with the Evanston (IL) Alumni Chapter, serving as their vice polemarch and historian. He previously served as historian of the fraternity’s North Central Province (a five-state Midwest region), where his research uncovered new information, including the burial place, date of death, and other unrecorded details about the life of one of the Fraternity’s Founders Paul W. Caine.
In 2013, Scott was elected the fraternity’s 15th Grand Historian and has transformed the fraternity’s approach to preserving and celebrating its history. A few of his remarkable endeavors include establishing a fraternity archive recovery initiative, the composition of a Chicago (IL) Alumni centennial anniversary history book, and the direction, collection, and submission of original fraternity artifacts to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. He led efforts to establish a scholarship in honor of ΚΑΨ Founder Elder W. Diggs at Indiana University-Bloomington’s School of Education (IU-B SOE). Chief among Scott’s activities is his authorship of the fraternity’s history book, The Story of Kappa Alpha Psi, 6th Ed. He has also spearheaded a collaborative relationship between Indiana University and the Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation to fund the commission of a portrait of Founder Diggs at IU-B SOE as the institution’s first Black graduate.
He is a graduate of Chicago State and Lewis Universities, from which he earned B.S. and M.A. degrees, respectively.
Vincent Isom is Director of the IU 21st Century Scholars Program at Indiana University Bloomington. In his role, Vincent leads a team of 5 full-time student support services professionals who serve 3,000+ 21st Century Scholars across the University's 16 degree-granting colleges, programs, and schools.
Prior to his role, Vincent was Academic Advisor and Coordinator of Upperclassman Advising and Activities between 2002 and 2014 in the IU Groups Scholars Program at Indiana University Bloomington, former Director/Co-Director of the IU Thomas I. Atkins Living Learning Center between 2007 and 2019, Assistant Resident Manager of IU Residential Programs and Services (RPS) between 1999 and 2002, and Academic Advisor/Counselor & Resident Hall Coordinator between 1993 and 1999 at Youngstown State University.
Vincent holds an M.S. degree in College Student Personnel Administration from the IU School of Education and a B.S. in Management from the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University Bloomington.
He was the recipient of the "2021 Exemplar Award" from the IU Neal-Marshall Alumni Club, "2016 Janice L. Wiggins Staff Academic Service Award" from IU Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, the "2015 University Partner Award” from Inroads, the "2014 Faculty and Staff Student Choice Award" from IU Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, the "2006 Laverta L. Terry Outstanding Service Award" from the Indiana Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (I-MAEOPP), and the "1999 Edna K. McDonald Cultural Awareness Award" from Youngstown State University. Under his leadership, the IUB 21st Century Scholars Program was the recipient of the "2021 Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Advising Program" by NACADA, the Global Community for Academic Advising and "2015 Champion Award" by 21st Century Scholars Indiana Commission for Higher Education.
Vincent is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi (Alpha Chapter) and currently serves as Faculty Advisor for the Alpha Chapter.