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March 12 -1 4, 2012
Los Angeles, CA!


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March 7 - 9, 2011
Washington Hilton and Towers
Washington, DC





2011 Annual Conference Featured Opening Keynote Speaker - Lani Guinier

Guinier_L-_Photo.jpgLani Guinier, opening keynote speaker at the 2011 NADOHE Annual Conference in Washington, DC. In 1998, Lani Guinier became the first black woman to be appointed to a tenured professorship at Harvard Law School. Before joining the faculty at Harvard, she was a tenured professor for ten years at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. During the 1980s, she was head of the voting rights project at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and served in the Civil Rights Division during the Carter administration as special assistant to then-Assistant Attorney General Drew S. Days.







Annual Conference Schedule

Monday, March 7

NADOHE Board Meeting (Board Members only)
(8:00am - 12:00pm)

Opening Keynote Address
(2:00pm - 3:00pm)

“Rethinking Race and Class in Service of a New Understanding of Merit”

Lani Guinier, J.D., Bennett Boskey Professor of Law, Harvard University

Professor Guinier challenges conventional thinking on the issues of race and class. This talk focuses on the ways that those who have been excluded (based on race or class) are like the canary in the mines: their very vulnerability signals problems with the larger atmosphere affecting us all.

NADOHE Conference Leadership Institute
(3:15pm - 4:45pm)

The Path to Effective Accountability

Although a number of higher education institutions have ambitious diversity plans in place, many struggle with “imperfect execution” and are beleaguered by a perceived gap between their espoused commitment and actual implementation.  Texas A&M University is among the few institutions that have successfully anchored, linked and aligned its diversity goals with the university’s core mission, strategic plan and financial decision-making.  During this session, the presenters will share their systemic approaches, lessons learned, and the organizational and institutional accountability model that counts the University President, Interim Provost, Deans, Department Heads, Vice Presidents and other high-level administrators among its strategic partners.

Christine A. Stanley, Becky Petitt, Karan Watson, Eleanor Green, Cesar Malave, and David McIntosh; Texas A&M University, Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity

CAREE Reception
(5:00pm - 6:00pm)

Tuesday, March 8

Conversation Over Coffee
(7:00am - 8:00am)

This an opportunity for NADOHE members to have an informal continental breakfast with colleagues and Board Members to discuss organizational issues, as well as current concerns on their campuses.

Plenary Session and ACE Adult Learner of the Year Award
(8:00am - 9:30am)

Presenter: Jonathan R. Cole, John Mitchell Mason Professor of the University and Provost and Dean Faculties, Emeritus, Columbia University

Coffee in the Executive Campus
(9:30am - 10:00am)

NADOHE - ACE Co-Sponsored Session
(10:00am - 11:30am)

Reaching the “Bold Goal”: Realistic Vision or Unrealistic Aspiration?

Moderator: Lonica L. Bush, Executive Director & In-House Counsel, Office of Diversity & Equity, College of The Mainland

Nancy Cantor, Chancellor and President, Syracuse University

Preston Pulliams, District President, Portland Community College

Eleven countries graduate more of their 25 to 34-year-olds than the United States.  President Obama wants the U.S. back on top by 2020.  Some say highlighting the problem is one thing, while developing and actually implementing solutions are altogether different.  A panel of college and university presidents discusses this “Bold Goal” from their position of leadership.

Closing Luncheon Plenary Session and ACE Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award
(11:45am - 1:00pm)

Sponsored by ING.

NADOHE Special Session
(1:15pm - 2:30pm)

The UC Berkeley Initiative for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Placing Diversity in the Center of the Academic Mission

Gibor Basri, Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion; University of California at Berkeley

This unique Initiative includes a new research center, five endowed faculty chairs, new courses and an ambitious campus wide strategic diversity plan, including support for Innovative Grants.  The Initiative, funded by a $16 million gift from the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, places diversity at the heart of the academic mission by supporting scholarship, curricular development, and the engagement of the entire campus community in strategic planning.  The session will explore various programs in the Initiative and provide an early look at effort to assess impact on teaching, research and campus climate  The discussion will include strategies for implementing parts of this Initiative on other campuses.

NADOHE Concurrent Sessions
(2:45pm - 4:00pm)

Concurrent Session #1:

Advancing Research in Diversity in Higher Education

Since its debut publication in 2008, articles within NADOHE’s Journal of Diversity in Higher Education ( have been widely cited in a broad range of scholarly papers.  They have provided important analyses of current practices and presented models and approaches to guide and support the work of diversity leaders across the country.  Authors representing some of the outstanding research and practice articles from NADOHE’s Journal of Diversity in Higher Education (Volumes 2 & 3) have been selected for presentation during this session.

Moderator:  Michael R. Stevenson; Northern Arizona University and Editor, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education

Examining Efforts to Infuse Diversity Within One College of Education; Patricia Alvarez McHatton, University of South Florida

A Qualitative Investigation of White Students’ Perceptions of Diversity; Kira Hudson Banks, Illinois Wesleyan University

A Review of Programs That Promote Higher Education Access for Underrepresented Students; Kathleen A. King, Arizona State University

Cultural Competence as an Ethical Requirement: Introducing a New Educational Model; Lauren Rogers-Sirin, College of Staten Island

Concurrent Session #2:

The Things That Keep Me Up At Night

In addition to the structured activities of the CDO, undertaken to implement an institution’s strategic plan, there are always “those things that keep you up at night”.  They are the complex, seemingly intractable issues that make rest and sleep a challenge.  They keep you up at night!  The issues may be of a political or legal nature or they may reflect critical environmental changes that need to happen on campus … but you just can’t move things along.  A panel of experienced CDOs representing a cross-section of institutions, shares the issues that keep them up at night.  Join the discussion that we anticipate will lead to innovative and creative suggestions.

Concurrent Session #3: 

Outside the Wall: CDO Engagement With the Surrounding Community

"The University of Texas, Austin, like many U.S. colleges and universities, has had a rich history of community engagement and services.  With the launch of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement in 2007, UT-Austin has very deliberately built on its foundation of engagement in new ways.  As Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement, Dr. Vincent will outline the charge of his division’s community engagement efforts which ensures that the university is responsive to and positively impacts the surrounding communities historically underserved by the university, that community engagement remains central to the university’s core academic mission, and that the division serves as a catalyst to create new opportunities for expanded and more coordinated ties between the university and the communities beyond its walls, especially in ways that work to address inequality and increase social justice. 

Gregory Vincent, Vice President, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, W.K. Kellogg Professor in Community College Leadership, Professor of Law, University of Texas at Austin.

NADOHE Business Meeting
(4:15pm - 5:45pm)

NADOHE Awards Reception
(6:00pm - 7:00pm)

Wednesday, March 9

NADOHE Networking Breakfast
(8:00am - 9:00am)

Concluding Keynote: Free Speech and the First Amendment: Current Status

Assistant Attorney General Perez, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division

Closing Plenary Session
(9:15am - 11:00am)

The First Amendment and Respectful Speech: When the Two Collide

Increasingly we are confronted with issues that require us to “balance the interests” of the First Amendment’s freedom of speech and freedom of expression protections and what might otherwise constitute unprotected speech on our campuses.  When is “hate speech” protected or unprotected, and when does academic freedom “trump” our ability to intervene on speech or behavior in the classroom?  These issues will be discussed in the context of actual experiences on our campuses that implicate the First Amendment, academic freedom, hate speech, and prohibited harassment, along with an opportunity to discuss effective interventions and proactive strategies to address such conduct should the need arise.

Rosemary Kilkenny, Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity; Georgetown University

Paulette Granberry-Russell, Sr. Advisor to the President for Diversity, Director, Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives


For more information contact
NADOHE at 561-472-8479.



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