2022 Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success

More Than Just Words

March 17, 2022 to March 19, 2022
New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130



A recent AAC&U survey found that nearly half of higher education professionals believe that recognizing and overcoming persistent inequities is among the most significant challenges now facing colleges and universities. More than a third believe that building capacity for institutional transformation is also a significant challenge. Speaking directly to these identified needs, the theme of the 2022 Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success sends a clear message about the work ahead: it will take more than just words to overcome these challenges.

Over the past year many institutions have released statements condemning the racial and social injustices in our communities, and institutional leaders have acknowledged that strategic reform is urgently needed to address structural racism and inequities in higher education. Making real progress toward sustainable transformation will take more than just words. The reality is that most institutions continue to struggle with identifying a process for engaging in the deep interrogation of practices, policies, and structures needed to achieve the goals outlined in these statements.

AAC&U invites you to join us for a conference that will go beyond the rhetoric and prioritize campus strategies, institutional culture, and accountability in operationalizing the values of equity and diversity. Conference sessions will explore the experiences of institutional and community participants, identify barriers that are hindering our progress, and promote discussion of the privileges, the biases, and the false belief in a hierarchy of human value that are embedded in our systems, structures, and policies. It is imperative that we stay focused on making progress towards transformation that can be achieved and sustained, and the efforts that represent more than just our words.

A Hybrid Meeting

AAC&U is looking forward to gathering in person for the 2022 Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success. While we hope to see many of you in New Orleans, we will also offer a virtual component for those unable to join us in person. All preconference workshops are virtual and will take place on Monday, March 14 and Tuesday, March 15.

The virtual offerings during the in-person conference include at least one virtual concurrent session during each in-person concurrent session time band. All plenary sessions will be livestreamed and accessible to virtual conference registrants. All conference participants will be able to view recordings of the virtual concurrent sessions after the conference.