June/July 2009
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AAC&U officers and staff regularly travel throughout the country, and occasionally the world, to speak and consult at AAC&U member schools through seminars, institutes, and workshops as well as in more informal gatherings. AAC&U staff also regularly speak on the value of liberal education at various media and public affairs events. These meetings are an opportunity for the membership to influence the direction of AAC&U's initiatives. We look forward to seeing you the next time we are on your campus.

Carol Geary Schneider, AAC&U president, will give the keynote address at the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges 2009 Summer Meeting on June 20, held on the campus of Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire. She will participate in the June 21-23 Annapolis Group meeting held in Annapolis, Maryland. Schneider will also participate in a small convening of national and international stakeholders held by the Lumina Foundation for Education on July 26-28 to explore the implications of qualifications frameworks for U.S. higher education.

Susan Albertine, AAC&U senior director for LEAP states initiatives, visited the University of Washington-Bothell campus on May 22 to discuss LEAP and the Educated Citizen and Public Health project and gave a panel presentation situating integrative public health study for undergraduates within broader campus sustainability initiatives.

Alma Clayton-Pedersen, AAC&U vice president for education and institutional renewal, visited Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania on May 13 to facilitate a retreat where faculty and staff examined and reacted to a draft diversity plan framed around AAC&U’s Making Excellence Inclusive initiative. Clayton-Pedersen also cofacilitated, with Charlie Blaich of Wabash College, a planning meeting May 27-29 at McDaniel College of a consortium of five AAC&U member campuses—Goucher, McDaniel, Ursinus, Washington, and Washington & Jefferson Colleges—funded by the Teagle Foundation to assess campus diversity practices. Their grant project is entitled Think, Feel, Do: Enhancing Student Engagement with Diversity through a Holistic Assessment Approach.