The pre-conference is an immersive day complete with roundtables, panels, and workshops focused on inclusion, diversity, belonging, and equity and allows us to facilitate deeper level conversations and build relationships across multiple schools and networks.  Over the past five years, we have repeatedly heard from participants that they were able to take away tangible tools to employ initiatives, policies, and other forms of action on their campus. This year, our focus is on connecting theory to practice in an effort to create a more inclusive campus culture. We will provide coffee and light refreshments in the morning, a buffet lunch, and refreshments during the networking reception. If you have a dietary need outside of being vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, please contact us and we will ensure that those needs are met.

Location & Transportation:

The pre-conference will take place in the Kimmel Center for University Life located at 60 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012.  Upon arrival please present your NYU ID or photo ID to the security guard and say that you are here to attend the Pre-Conference.  You will be directed to the Eisner & Lubin Auditorium on the 4th Floor.

Conference Agenda:

9 – 10AM  Registration

10 – 10:30AM  Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:30 – 11:15AM  Keynote Address by Dr. Lori Patton Davis

11:15 – 11:30AM  Audience Q&A with Dr. Lori Patton Davis

11:45AM – 12:45PM  Networking Lunch

1 – 2:30PM  Presentation: Supporting Muslim Students During Ramadan

2:30 – 3:45PM  Diversity Officer Panel

  • Moderator: Monroe France, Associate Vice President for Global Engagement & Inclusive Leadership at New York University
  • Panelists:
    • Kelle Colyer-Brown - Equal Opportunity Manager at New York University
    • Tiffany Hamilton - Chief Diversity Officer & Associate Vice President--Diversity & Inclusion at Pace University
    • Juan Carlos Matos - Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs for Diversity and Inclusion at Fordham University

4 – 5PM  Networking Reception

Dr. Lori Patton Davis

2020 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Lori Patton Davis

Lori Patton Davis is a tenured full professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs and Chair of the Educational Studies Department in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. She earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Indiana University, Bloomington. Dr. Patton Davis is best known for her scholarship on African Americans in higher education, critical race theory, campus diversity initiatives on college campuses, Black women and girls in educational and social contexts, and college student development. Her research has been cited in over 6,000 publications and funded by entities including the Spencer Foundation and Lumina Foundation. She is past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education and was recently recognized in the Education Week Edu-Scholar Rankings as one of the top 200 educators in the US, and as one of the 2019 Diverse Issues in Higher Education Top 35 Women in Higher Education.