2019 Annual Conference
March 6 - 9, 2019
Loews Philadelphia Hotel; Philadelphia, PA

Ana Navarro Confirmed as Opening Keynote Speaker
Pre and Post-Conference Workshop Offerings
Sponsor and Exhibitor Information

Full Conference Program Now Available!
Overflow Hotel Room Block

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Imperatives of the 21st Century:  
Leading with Purpose, Courage and Vision

Diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education must be regarded as imperatives of the 21st century. This year’s theme is a clarion call and a reminder that we must continue moving forward with purpose, courage, and vision to advance change on our campuses. The challenges to this work are real, and the strategies to advance diversity, equity and inclusion must be institutional priorities that engage all stakeholders. Elevate your strategies by joining your colleagues at NADOHE’s 2019 annual conference.




Preliminary Schedule:

Wednesday, March 6

8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Workshops 

Thursday, March 7
8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Conference

Friday, March 8
8:00 am - 7:00 pm, Conference

Saturday, March 9
7:30 am - 12:30 pm, Conference
1:00 - 4:00 pm, Workshop



NADOHE Conference Fees if Registering for NADOHE Conference Only
Click here to register for the NADOHE conference only!

Advanced Registration Fee - November 16, 2018 to February 13, 2019
Final Registration Fee - February 14, 2019 - March 9, 2019

Member - $500 advanced fee/$550 final fee
Non-Member - $600 advanced fee/$650 final fee
Student - $350 advanced fee/$400 final fee

NADOHE/ACE Conference Fees if Also Registering for ACE Conference*
Click here to register for the NADOHE/ACE conference! 
(Registration for NADOHE conference required first to obtain ACE discount code, to register for the ACE conference on the ACE site.)

Member - $400 advanced fee/$440 final fee
Non-Member - $480 advanced fee/$520 final fee
Student - $280 advanced fee/$320 final fee

*A 20% savings is realized when registering for both the NADOHE and ACE Conferences!

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made in writing and are subject to a $150 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after February 13, 2019 and no-shows are not eligible for refunds. Refunds will be issued within 45 days. Cancellation requests must be submitted to [email protected]

NADOHE Conference Hotel

Overflow Hotel Room Block - NADOHE has reserved overflow rooms at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, one block from Loews Philadelphia. The cut-off date to make a reservation is Monday, February 11. A web link to make your reservation is available here.  


Loews Philadelphia Hotel
1200 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Click here to make your reservation, or call, 1-888-575-6397, referring to the 2019 NADOHE group block.

NADOHE Conference Rate:
$189 single/double plus applicable taxes

Hotel Cut-off Date:
Friday, February 8, 2019

NADOHE Pre-Conference Workshops

New Chief Diversity Officers, 8:00 am - Noon, Wednesday, March 6

Transitioning to a new Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) position is both exciting and challenging.  Forging a path of transformational organizational change with increasing demands from multiple underrepresented groups and limited resources is no easy task. In addition to content expertise, your ability to succeed is dependent on continually increasing your capacity to navigate complexities and maintain an authentic sense of self and an unwavering focus on mission.  This workshop will tackle these realities and provide practical solutions for navigating your early years as a CDO. Hear from seasoned CDOs and NADOHE CDO fellows still relatively early in their careers who can provide valuable insights. During this workshop, you will also have the opportunity to connect with other new CDOs in attendance and explore case studies. You will also learn more about how NADOHE can be a partner on your CDO journey.

As a result of this workshop, Participants will:

  • Develop a better sense of the rhythm of the first years of the Chief Diversity Officer Role
  • Understand how a cabinet role differs from other roles and how to build mutually beneficially relationships at the Cabinet level
  • Understand how the Chief Diversity Officer relates with the board, external constituents, faculty and staff, especially how these relationships change after one becomes a CDO
  • Develop a better understanding of the levers for systemic change
  • Have their experiences normed by listening to the early journeys of other Chief Diversity Officers
  • Focus on building the internal capacity to sustain the demands of the role
  • Connect with fellow Chief Diversity Officers with the goal of building a supportive community
The Neuroscience of Social Justice, 1:00 - 5:00 pm, Wednesday, March 6

Advances in FMRI imaging are providing rich insights into how our brains function. These insights have also deepened our understanding of implicit processes, unconscious exclusion and behaviors influenced by bias and exclusion.  For example, we know that a person’s experience with exclusive practices or biased behavior can trigger neurological processes which limit access to executive functions such as critical reasoning and analysis.  How do we leverage advances in neuroscience to advance equity and inclusion in our institutions? How can neuroscience provide a new lens for messaging the importance of equity and social justice while also disarming the usual defensiveness? CDOs are also disproportionately members of minoritized communities and doing social justice work can further marginalization as well as tax the neurological process of the CDOs themselves. How do we cope with the isolation and its toll? What do we need to do for ourselves and in our roles to sustain the work? Come learn about the latest advances in the neuroscience of inclusion and exclusion and learn how to leverage these insights in your work to support both internal (personal) and external (institutional) social justice.

So You Want to be a Chief Diversity Officer, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, Saturday, March 9
End the conference by learning from the insights of experienced diversity practitioners and consultants, who will cover a range of relevant CDO competences, including access, governance and strategy development in an extended Ted Talk Style format. Becoming a chief diversity officer in higher education is a far less linear progression than other executive positions in the academy.  CDOs come from all sectors of the higher education institutions, and sometimes from outside of the college or university.  They emanate from the faculty ranks, student affairs offices, unit based diversity officer roles, and equity and human resources positions.  Developing the next generation of CDOs is critically important as more inaugural chief diversity officer positions are created across the county.  The purpose of this session is to ground newer and aspiring CDOs by learning from those who have served in Chief Diversity Officer roles, and those whose efforts has informed the work of Chief Diversity Officers. The presentations will offer insights on what it means to participate in the C-Suite, working at the 30,000-foot level, and capacities are required for success. The session will benefit those seeking a Chief Diversity Officer position, early career CDOs and mid-level CDOs. As a result of this workshop, Participants will learn how:

  • To introduce participants to the critical competencies of C-suite officers
  • To describe higher-level strategic thinking for creating policy and providing for implementation of new policies
  • To outline practical tools and strategies that participants can apply to their work as CDOs or prepare to apply as CDOs