Ticketed Breakfasts and Luncheons

(There is a separate registration and fee required for the functions listed below.)


Thursday, January 25, 7:00–8:30 a.m.
Networking Breakfast for Women Faculty and Administrators

Thoughts on Paulo Freire in the 21st Century


Joia Mukherjee

Joia Mukherjee

Joia Mukherjee MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and Chief Medical Officer of Partners In Health (PIH), an international medical charity dedicated to providing a preferential option for the poor in healthcare. She is an internist, a pediatrician, an infectious disease doctor and public health specialist. Dr. Mukherjee has been supporting PIH’s efforts to provide high quality, comprehensive health care to the poorest in partnership with local communities and health officials in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Kazakhstan and the Navajo Nation. She also teaches Global Health Delivery, social medicine, infectious disease and human rights to medical students, residents, and fellows at a wide variety of US and international institutions.


Thursday, January 25, 7:00–8:30 am
Networking Breakfast

Pedagogy and the “Big Questions”:
Engaging Global Perspectives and Issues in and Outside of the Classroom

The problems facing our nation and the world are inherently global in nature—food security, health issues, human rights, migration, natural disasters, sustainability, and, water security—in their framing and in potential solutions. Students across our nation and world are rising up to keep their campuses, nations, and our world accountable on issues of environmental sustainability, equity, justice, and acts of reconciliation and restorative justice in these deeply contested times.

Across disciplines, students need to be introduced to global perspectives as they explore these problems and issues and need to be willing and able to solve the problems in collaborative, interdisciplinary teams. Students need opportunities to braid their course-based intellectual experiences with practical experiences in diverse communities at home and abroad. How do we prepare students to do this? How do we construct educational experiences that give students opportunities to engage in global challenges and encourage them to think broadly and innovatively as they attempt to tackle these challenges?

This breakfast discussion will focus on how to productively engage in solving global challenges using tools, activities, experiences and perspectives from multiple disciplines. Participants will share experiences and techniques. 

Discussion Leader:  Dawn Michele Whitehead, Senior Director for Global Learning and Curricular Change, AAC&U

(Participation is limited to 30 individuals, so please register early.)


Thursday, January 25, 11:45 am–1:15 pm
Networking Luncheon for Faculty and Administrators of Color

Diversity, Inclusion, and Free Speech

Pareena LawrencePareena Lawrence

Pareena Lawrence serves as the President of Hollins University. Prior to joining Hollins, she served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College at Augustana College.  Dr. Lawrence received her M.A. in economics from the Delhi School of Economics, a M.S. and Ph.D. in economics from Purdue University, and started her academic career at the University of Minnesota, Morris, a public liberal arts college.  She is a development economist by training, and her research explores the intersections of gender, families, the economy, and politics.


Friday, January 26, 7:00–8:30 am
ACAD Members Business Breakfast


Friday, January 26, 7:00–8:30 am
Networking Breakfast

Tackling Contemporary Campus Issues

We invite you to join us for conversations on the challenges being faced by campuses across the country, including, but not limited to, campus free speech, academic freedom and faculty harassment, racial equity, Title IX, and DACA.

These roundtable discussions have been created for AAC&U members and others to share concerns, ask questions, and exchange strategies and best practices within an atmosphere of collegiality and support.

Many campuses are working to provide learning spaces so that students can engage constructively with today’s critical issues, but we also need to provide opportunities for faculty and staff to engage with, learn from, and support each other. These roundtables are offered with the hope that faculty, staff, and students together can tackle these issues, and more, in ways to move the conversation forward.

Welcome by Tia Brown McNair, Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, AAC&U


Friday, January 26, 7:30–8:30 am
Presidents’ Networking Breakfast

This breakfast provides an opportunity for presidents to come together informally to discuss particular challenges, gain advice from colleagues, and exchange best practices around negotiating the complexities and pressures of leadership within the academy.


Friday, January 26, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
ACAD Keynote Luncheon

John N. FriedmanJohn N. Friedman

Intergenerational Mobility and Higher Education in America:
New Findings from Big Data

Which colleges and universities account for the most upward mobility? And how is this changing over time?  Recent research on these questions using big data has provided the most detailed picture yet of student backgrounds and long-term outcomes for colleges and universities of all types.  Professor Friedman will present key findings from this research to offer a new perspective on student success in higher education in America and suggest new directions for policies to improve opportunities for all students.

John N. Friedman is PI for the Equality of Opportunity Project and Associate Professor of Economics and International Affairs and Public Policy at Brown University. His research brings together theory and data and harnesses the power of large administrative datasets to yield policy-relevant insights on a wide range of topics, including education, taxation, retirement, and healthcare.


Luncheon for Presidents and Foundation Leaders
Friday, January 26, 12:15–2:00 pm                                                

  • Lori Bettison-Varga, President and Director, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and Former President, Scripps College
  • Fred Lawrence, Secretary and CEO, The Phi Beta Kappa Society