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AAC&U Diversity, Equity & Student Success Conference (ONLINE)

March 19-21, 2020


2020 Diversity, Equity, and Student Success: The Power of Collective Action

The diversity of our nation has long been acclaimed and valued. As a society, we value the diversity of ideas and beliefs that fuel innovation, economic vitality, and social change. We rely on our collective abilities to transcend differences by identifying solutions that promote collective action for the common good. The power of collective action is evidenced in social, political, and cultural movements that have resulted in lasting change for our society: recognition and expansion of civil rights, including disability rights; women’s rights; LGBTQIA protections, and religious expression. These movements were not successful because of one individual’s deeds, but because of the collective action of many diverse and engaged individuals. The power of collective action has been, and will continue to be, the impetus for lasting change.

The Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) 2020 Diversity, Equity, and Student Success conference, The Power of Collective Action, will focus on building coalitions and breaking down institutional siloes that often have divided and isolated those seeking to build more just and equitable campuses and communities. This conference will be action-oriented and focused on practical strategies for creating institutions that reflect the diverse and equitable society we seek to create. The conference program will be expansive, including diverse voices and ideas by focusing on our interdependency and collective power to challenge the current discourse and policies that promote individualism, isolation, and hatred. These discussions will focus on the historical, social, cultural, and political contexts that continue to shape and reinforce inequities in our systems and structures.


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