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If you plan to attend both the NADOHE & ACE conferences, you have 7 business days to complete your ACE registration to receive the discounted NADOHE registration rate. Reminder: To attend both conferences you must register with NADOHE & ACE. If you do not register with ACE within 7 business days, you will receive an invoice from NADOHE for the registration fee difference.

Early Bird Registration: September 12, 2016 - November 16, 2016
Advanced Registration: November 17, 2016 - February 23, 2017
February 24, 2017 - Onsite Registration: March 13 - March 15, 2017


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NADOHE Conference Schedule  
Monday, March 13 

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - NADOHE Preconference Institutes (All Registered Attendees are Invited to Attend!)

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Preconference Institute
Session I

Difficult Dialogues: Creating All-Campus Conversations about Divisive Issues
With an increasingly divided country, how do we maintain a commitment to civil discourse on campus and beyond? Dialogic learning is a well-established strategy for expanding peoples understanding of the world. There are many colleges that recognize the importance of dialogue but lack the capacity to exploit it for maximal learning. Many academics have not been taught about dialogic learning directly, or even may be unfamiliar with how it works. In addition, many scholars who have some familiarity with classroom dialogic learning are unfamiliar with how it can work outside of the classroom to improve campus atmosphere. This workshop will explore ways to create dialogue around difficult issues, including a model for creating dialogic engagement. The model can serve as a platform for teaching about implicit bias and developing skills to build capacity for discussing diversity. The method employs small group dialogue combined with audience polling to create important innovation in the way that groups of people find consensus on important topics.

Carlos N. Medina, PhD, Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, The State University of New York

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Preconference Institute
Session II

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Academy: An International Perspective
Responding to issues of Equality, equity, diversity, and Inclusion is not limited to the borders of U.S. higher education and our discussions and strategies about these issues need to occur within a global and national context given the complexity of topics. We need only look around us for examples of diverse societies that are grappling with the all too familiar: racial and ethnic tensions, rising nationalism, religious conflicts, urban unrest, gender equity, and the protection and rights of the LBGTQ community. NADOHE presents an opportunity for conference attendees to hear from international colleagues on their experiences in advancing diversity and inclusion in higher education.

Archie W. Ervin, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Office of Institute Diversity, Georgia Institute of Technology


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the UK
Ian Dunn, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Student Experience; Annette Hay, Senior Research Delivery Support Partner; Sarah Lewis, Equality and Diversity Manager, Equality and Organizational Development: Coventry University, United Kingdom;

The “Israeli-Hope in Academia” initiative and the role of Israeli Hope Officers in the Academy
Professor Mona Khouri-Kassabri, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Ayala Hendin, Director, Israeli Hope in Academia

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch On Your Own

1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. 

Preconference Institute
Session III

NADOHE: Our First Decade and Our Future
NADOHE was first conceived in 2003 when several dozen Chief Diversity Officers responded to an invitation from Dr. William Harvey, then the Vice President of ACE’s Center for the Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equity (CAREE). From that initial gathering, consensus was established that the nascent profession of CDOs need to focus on the development of professional standards and networking to ensure the sustainability of this new role in higher education. In the spring of 2006, a caretaker committee formed and By Laws were ratified and temporary officers appointed. In 2007, NADOHE held its first national conference and in 2016 NADOHE celebrated its 10th annual conference. This preconference session will utilize the data collected from NADOHE’s first professional survey of its members ten years after it was formed. In addition to data that profiles the attributes of our association, this session will focus on key questions that undergirds NADOHE’s present and future capacity to lead higher education toward inclusive excellence.

The survey and questions below will be used to inform the discussion:

                  Does our membership reflect our core values of diversity and inclusion?

                  Are we as professionals positioned in the academy to influence policy?

                  What areas of professional expertise do we bring to higher education?

                  What are the greatest challenges facing CDOs today?

                  Do our members see their membership as a sound ROI?

                  What do our members say are our greatest strengths and weaknesses?

                  What would our members advise our Board to consider in terms of public positions in the political realm?

Debbie Seeberger, PhD, Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Office of the Provost, Towson University

Archie W. Ervin, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Office of Institute Diversity, Georgia Institute of Technology; Benjamin D. Reese, Jr., Psy.D., Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Office for Institutional Equity, Duke University University/Duke University Health System

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Preconference Institute
Session IV

A Framework for Excellence and Collaboration: Strategic Leadership for Inclusive Excellence at Community Colleges
This preconference workshop will examine strategic leadership support for diversity, equity and inclusion at community colleges. Facilitated by two prominent community college CDOs, this session will examine the contemporary landscape for diversity leaderships advancing Inclusive Excellence at community colleges. Particular areas of focus will include community college leadership models, collaboration with four-year institutional partners and the advocacy for the promotion of a broad equity agenda. This session should benefit campus leaders of all institution types committed to promoting inclusive excellence at their institution.

Clyde Wilson Pickett, Special Assistant to the President of Diversity & Inclusion, Community Colleges of Allegheny County

James A. Felton III, Chief Diversity Officer, Anne Arundel Community College; Michelé Smith, Associate Provost/Special Assistant to the President for Diversity & Inclusion, Harper College

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

ACE Celebrating Diversity Reception by ACE (Open to All Registered Attendees!)

Tuesday, March 14

7:00 a.m. - 8: 15 a.m. - NADOHE Networking Breakfast 

8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. - NADOHE/ACE Joint Concurrent Session

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - ACE Closing Session (Open to All Registered Attendees for Both the ACE and NADOHE Conferences!)

11:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch On Your Own, NADOHE Chapter Meetings

1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - NADOHE Opening Keynote Presentation, Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, III, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. - NADOHE Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent Session 1          
Refocusing Diversity Learning for the Trump Era: Effective Strategies for the Aftermath of the 2016 Presidential Election

This presentation will offer academic professionals in charge of diversity learning concrete strategies for refocusing diversity learning in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election.  Draw strength from leaders, community, successes and view this state of affairs as an opportunity. Emphasize personal empowerment when engaging diverse peers, teachers and colleagues.

Moderator:      Kumea Shorter-Gooden, Ph.D.
                      Special Assistant to the President 
                      University of Maryland, College Park

Presented by:  Alison Akant, M.Ed., J.D.
                      Founder & Director of Content
                      DiversityEdu, LLC.

                                William B. Harvey, Ph.D.
                        Distinguished Scholar
                        American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity  

Concurrent Session 2
Emerging from Within: How CDOs Can Use Organizational Sagas to Advance Diversity

Emerging from Within is a research based, oral history project aimed at capturing the unstudied histories of diversity advocates at a large, comprehensive university in the South. Featured is the outgrowth of a CDO and Deputy CDO who identified the need to understand the histories of diversity advocates at the University as a way to 1) inform and support contemporary diversity-focused initiatives and 2) address the collective understandings of diversity accomplishments within an organization and how they are reflected in organizational practices and values.

Moderator:      Jeffrey Carr, Sr., Ed.D.
                      Chief Diversity Officer, Office of the President
                      Associate Vice President Student Development
                      Adjunct Faculty, Sociology and Social Work
                      Point Loma Nazarene University

Presented by:  Erik L. Malewski, Ph.D.
                      Chief Diversity Officer
                      Professor of Curriculum Studies
                      Kennesaw State University

                      Nathalia Jaramillo, Ph.D.
                      Author & Lecturer

Concurrent Session 3
Success through Leadership and Advocacy in the Netherlands: The Emergence of the CDO Position in an International Context.

In 2015, for the first time in the history of the Netherlands, three chief diversity officers were appointed. Having completed their first year on the job, these new CDOs have the unique opportunity to provide conference attendees with an inside view of the trials and successes of being the first to assume the CDO role in the Netherlands. Presenters will share strategies to institutionalize diversity and inclusion efforts from an international prospective and will highlight initiatives focused on capacity building for diversity and inclusion in postsecondary education in the Netherlands.

Moderated by: Jewell Winn, Ed.D.
                      Deputy Chief Diversity Officer and Senior International Officer
                      Tennessee State University

Presented by:  Frank Tuitt, Ph.D.
                      Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost for Diversity & Inclusion
                      Professor of Higher Education
                      University of Denver

                      Johanna J.M. Takkenberg
                      Professor of Clinical Decision Making in Cardio-Thoracic Interventions
                      Erasmus University Medical Center, Netherlands

                      Mary Tupan-Wenno
                      Executive Director of ECHO
                      Center for Diversity Policy, Netherlands

                      Karen van der Zee, Ph.D.
                      Professor of Organizational Psychology
                      Dean of the Faculty of Social Science
                      Holds a chair in Intercultural Competency
                      Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
                      Isabel Hoving, Ph.D.

                      Saran Stewart, Ph.D.
                      Lecturer of Comparative Higher Education in the Faculty of Humanities and Education
                      University of the West Indies, Mona Campus

Concurrent Session 4
Working Towards Inclusive Excellence: Designing and Implementing a Diversity and Inclusion Course

During this session, you will learn about a certificate course on Diversity and Inclusion for Administrators and Faculty. It is designed to expand employees’ knowledge on issues of diversity and inclusion, and broaden the campus learning environment beyond the classroom. In addition, these discussions enhance cultural competencies and strengthen the practice of inclusion. Participants will be introduced to the design and implementation of the course, review assessment tools and gain ideas about how to design a course specific to their campus.

Moderated by: Jeanne Arnold, MSW, Ed.D.
                      Chief Diversity Officer
                      Gettysburg College

Presented by:  Gretchel L. Hathaway, Ph.D.
                      Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, CDO
                      Union College

                      Jason Benitez, M.A.
                      Director of Multicultural Affairs
                      Union College

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - NADOHE Annual Membership Meeting

6:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - NADOHE Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, March 15

7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - NADOHE Networking Breakfast and Poster Session

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent Session 5                                                                                    
Mentoring Across Differences for Female Chief Diversity Officers

In coming together to form a mentoring relationship, the presenters will discuss how their relationship is critical for higher education administrative positions such as CDOs where the individuals must, by virtue of their position and responsibilities, challenge the members of the institutional leadership to continue their diversity and inclusion efforts. Key values of the mentoring relationship will be identified and participants will gain knowledge about the mentoring needs of CDOs.

Moderator:      Carmen Suarez, Ph.D.
                      Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion
                      Portland State University

Presented by:  Amanda Kim, Ph.D.
                      Senior Advisor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
                      Title IX Coordinator
                      St. Norbert College

                      Venessa A. Brown, Ph.D.
                      Associate Chancellor
                      Chief Diversity Officer
                      Professor of Social Work
                      Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Concurrent Session 6
Making Room in our Campus: Understanding, Supporting, and Including Transgender Students

This workshop will offer an interactive space to engage in conversation and reflection on the ways our campuses and programs (face-to-face, online, and abroad) could become spaces where gender non-binary, transgender and cis-students develop a sense of well-being and belonging, learn from and with each other, embrace language, actions, and policies that speak of respect for each other’s individualities and celebrates the diversity that each community member brings to the fabric of our institutions.

Moderator:      Jeanne Arnold, MSW, Ed.D.
                      Chief Diversity Officer
                      Gettysburg College

Presented by: Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, Ph.D.
                     Professor and Former Founding Dean, School of Education
                     Arcadia University

Concurrent Session 7
Responding to a Discriminatory Incident at School

Lee Mun Wah will explore with the group how to foster a culturally competent and sensitive academic community that is able to embrace and respond to diversity. Participants will: understand how one’s personal and community history affects one’s self-esteem and sense of safety; learn ways to respond with honesty and compassion when a conflict occurs that involves a diversity issue; learn how to create a sense of community and understanding amongst a diverse culture of people and discuss actual incidents of intolerance that have happened on their campuses. There will also be an opportunity to brainstorm culturally sensitive responses.

Moderator:      Jeffrey Carr, Sr., Ed.D.
                      Chief Diversity Officer, Office of the President
                      Associate Vice President Student Development
                      Adjunct Faculty, Sociology and Social Work
                      Point Loma Nazarene University

Presented by:  Lee Mun Wah, M.A., M.S.
                      Internationally renowned Chinese American documentary filmmaker, author, poet, Asian Folkteller, educator, community therapist
                      and master diversity trainer.  
                      StirFry Seminars & Consulting

Concurrent Session 8
A New Model for Advancing Inclusive Excellence

With the rapidly increasing diversity of today’s students, it is critical that campus leaders have useful frameworks for cultivating more inclusive campuses. Accordingly, this presentation focuses on the Culturally Engaging Campus Environments (CECE) model of success among diverse college student populations. The CECE model is based on over three decades of research and outlines the nine elements of campus environments that allow students to thrive regardless of their backgrounds and identities.

Moderator:      Kumea Shorter-Gooden, Ph. D.
                      Special Assistant to the President
                      University of Maryland, College Park

Presented by: Samuel Museus, Ph.D.
                     Associate Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs
                     Indiana University, Bloomington

11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - NADOHE Closing Keynote Presentation: The Equity Imperative: Make America Just

 Presented by:  Estela Mara Bensimon, Director and Professor
                       Center for Urban Education, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern

Higher education leaders and policymakers have been reluctant to embrace racial equity in educational outcomes as an institutional responsibility but in the last few years we have experienced a shift in practices and language that indicate greater acceptance of racial equity as a legitimate and essential goal.   But in the current political environment racial equity as a goal is seriously threatened and the work of equity and diversity advocates will become even more challenging. In her talk, Professor Bensimon will discuss the ways in which diversity leaders can provide moral and educational leadership to advance the equity agenda within their campuses.

12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. - Conference Closing Remarks