An internationally-known expert and scholar, Laker travels the country addressing issues affecting engagement, development, retention and success of male college students; and in promoting strong gender relations on campuses. He is a professor of counselor education and former vice president at San Jose State University.

Laker previously served as associate vice president and dean of student affairs, fellow in the Centre for the Study of Democracy, and on the gender studies faculty at Queen’s University in Canada. He holds a doctorate from the University of Arizona’s Center for the Study of Higher Education and a master’s degree in community counseling. His international activities include engagements as board member, visiting faculty, consultant or speaker, particularly in Europe. His scholarly work includes two edited texts regarding gender and men’s development, one each in the U.S. and Canada; and two texts co-edited with colleagues in Spain and Croatia focused on the role of postsecondary institutions in fostering citizenship and democratic education, comparing the contexts of Eastern and Western Europe and North America.

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