Diversity in higher education conference at Auburn University to highlight practice and research

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Alabama Association of Higher Education Diversity Officers statewide conference will be held Nov. 5-6 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. This year’s theme is Diversity in Higher Education for the 21st Century: Bridging Research and Best Practices.

The conference is hosted by ALAHEDO, Auburn University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and University of Alabama System.

Louis Dale, vice president for equity and diversity at UAB, founding president of ALAHEDO and one of the conference organizers, said that “ALAHEDO was established in November 2010 at Auburn University by Alabama diversity officers with the main goal of upholding the tenets of the Knight Case Settlement Agreement on every public university and college campus in Alabama.”

ALAHEDO’s role is to propose initiatives to ensure that higher education institutions in Alabama fairly meet the needs of its underrepresented faculty, staff and students.

The pre-conference will begin with a diversity training workshop at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5. The session is titled “The Changing Landscape of Diversity and Inclusion.” The interactive presentation will be facilitated by Patricia Pope, CEO and co-founder of Pope & Associates Inc., an organization that specializes in diversity, inclusion and culture change.

The ALAHEDO conference opening plenary begins at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 5. Highlights of the two-day conference include 30 researchers and practitioners who will present a series of paper, poster and roundtable sessions. The research plenary session will feature Derek Greenfield, director of diversity and equity engagement and assistant professor at Alcorn State University. The conference will end Nov. 6 with a noon luncheon and keynote by state representative for Alabama’s 77th house district John Knight. For 25 years, Knight served as the lead plaintiff in Knight v. Alabama, a lawsuit that provided remedies for desegregation in Alabama’s colleges and universities.

Registration is required to participate in the diversity training workshop and the ALAHEDO conference. Cost for the workshop and conference is $100 for each event. To register, go to www.alahedo.org or call (344) 844-5042.

(Contributed by Paulette Dilworth.)

Contact: Paulette Dilworth, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, (334) 844-5042 (ppd0001@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)