NADOHE Third Annual Standards of
Professional Practice Institute a Success!









June 25, 2019 - The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) third annual Standards of Professional Practice Institute (SPPI), June 19 - 22, 2019, concluded this past weekend with nearly fifty-five registrants and faculty in attendance. Held at Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, participants spent three and one-half days engaging in structured learning and in-depth conversation around best practices and research related to professional competencies for leaders in higher education diversity and inclusion.

NADOHE president Archie W. Ervin notes, "We are excited to have reached this point in our maturation as a national association to conceptualize, design and deliver a program of this caliber and impact. As diversity and inclusion professionals, we are uniquely positioned by our collective expertise and knowledge of best and effective practices to offer guidance and solutions that will move our college campuses and society toward becoming truly more equitable and inclusive communities."

Published in the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education (Nov 2014), the Standards of Professional Practice for Chief Diversity Officers (CDOs) continue to advance the professionalization of the CDO role across institutions of higher education. The standards provide comprehensive guidelines that can inform the work of current and aspiring CDOs in providing effective institutional leadership. A link to the standards is available on the NADOHE website, 

"The standards are a tool to facilitate the advancement of significant and effective change on college and university campuses by emphasizing the CDO role as an organizational change agent for equity, diversity and inclusion," remarks NADOHE Professional Development Committee Co-Chair, Rosemary Kilkenny, Georgetown University who, along with Co-Chair Clyde Wilson Pickett, Minnesota State, facilitated the development of the inaugural Institute. Pickett comments, “This intensive professional development opportunity for current and aspiring higher education diversity leaders is critical to our collective success in moving the needle towards advancing inclusive excellence in higher education.”

The Institute faculty consisted of nationally renowned researchers and practitioners who engaged and challenged Institute participants.  This included: 

  • Dr. Daryl Smith, Senior Research Fellow and Professor Emerita of Education and Psychology School of Education Studies, Claremont Graduate University
  • Dr. Mitchell Chang, Professor of Higher Education and Organizational Change and Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles 
  • Dr. Archie W. Ervin, Vice President, Institute Diversity, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Paulette Granberry Russell, Senior Advisor to the President for Diversity, Michigan State University
  • Dr. A.T. Miller, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Central Michigan University
  • Dr. Ed Bertschinger, Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Yvette Alex-Assensoh, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, University of Oregon
  • Dr. Benjamin D. Reese, Jr., President, BenReese LLC
  • Dr. Debbie M. Seeberger, Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Towson University (Ret)
  • Dr. Mathew Ouellett, Executive Director, Center for Teaching Innovation, Cornell University 
  • Dr. Clyde Wilson Pickett, Chief Diversity Officer, Minnesota State 
  • Dr. Roger L. Worthington, Executive Director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Dr. Christine Stanley, Professor Higher Education, Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity Emirita, Texas A & M University

In addition to the faculty that were present, Dr. Nancy "Rusty" Barcelo, Visiting Special Assistant for Diversity at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, delivered a keynote lunchtime talk.

Another highlight of the 2019 SPPI, was an early working draft of the revised Standards of Professional Practice for CDOs in Higher Education, of which registrants and faculty had an opportunity to provide comments and offer feedback. The final version is anticipated to be available early 2020.

Plans are underway for the 2020 Standards of Professional Practice Institute and the RFP for Host Institutions will be launched on August 1.

NADOHE serves as the preeminent voice for diversity officers in higher education. Its vision is to lead higher education towards inclusive excellence through institutional transformation. For more information about NADOHE, please call 800-793-7025 or visit