Breakfasts and Luncheons

The following events require an additional registration fee.


Thursday, January 24, 7:00-8:30 am
Women's Leadership Breakfast

Leadership and Your Voice

Farah PandithFarah Pandith is a world-leading expert and pioneer on countering violent extremism (CVE). She served as a political appointee in the George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama administrations at the National Security Council, US Agency for International Development and US Department of State. Most recently she was the first-ever Special Representative to Muslim Communities (2009-2014).  Her book is How We Win: How Cutting-Edge Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, Enlightened Business Leaders and Social Media Mavens Can Defeat the Extremist Threat. She is a frequent media commentator and public speaker. She is senior fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and Head of Strategy at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue. She served on the Homeland Security Advisory Council from 2015-2017.



Thursday, January 24, 7:00–8:30 a.m.
Networking Breakfast

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

The problems of the twenty-first century 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.

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 24, 11:45 a.m.– 1:15 pm
Networking Luncheon for Faculty and Administrators of Color

Advancing Our Vision:
Breadth, Depth, and Impact of Diversity and Inclusion Work

Lily D. McNairLily D. McNair is Tuskegee University’s eighth president—and the first female president in the institution’s 136-year history. She previously served as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Wagner College and, prior to that, was Associate Provost of Research and divisional coordinator for science and mathematics at Spelman College. McNair also served as Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Georgia, where she was the first African-American woman to obtain tenure and promotion in the Department of Psychology.  A clinical psychologist by training, Lily McNair holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from Princeton University, and a doctorate in psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.


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

Reclaiming the Narrative on Contemporary Campus Issues

We invite you to join us for a networking breakfast designed to provide an opportunity for AAC&U members and others to reflect on the meeting theme within the context of contemporary campus issues.  Such issues include, but are not limited to, free speech and inclusion, racial equity, neurodiversity, student well-being, academic freedom, and inclusive democracy. 

Through topical roundtable discussions, participants will engage with, learn from, and support each other to identify strategies for raising our individual and collective voices to reclaim the narrative on issues defining the value of higher education.

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


Friday, January 25, 7:00–8:30 am
ACAD Business Breakfast


Friday, January 25, 7:30–8:30 am
Presidents’ Breakfast

Threats to General Education and the Liberal Arts

Scott JaschikScott Jaschik
Inside Higher Ed



Friday, January 25, 11:45 am–1:30 pm
Presidents’ Luncheon

Why the Job Market Needs Humanists

George AndersGeorge Anders
Editor at Large, LinkedIn, and author of You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of a "Useless" Liberal Arts Education



ACAD Keynote Luncheon
Friday, January 25, 11:45 am–1:15 pm

Thriving in the Dysfunction: Building a Culture of Collaboration

Rick CastalloRick Castallo is Professor of Educational Administration at California State University, Northridge, and author of Dealing with Dysfunction: A Book for University Leaders. Prior to his time in California, he spent twenty years in the same position at the State University of New York at Cortland.  In addition to his role as a professor, Rick has been a college administrator, department chair, public school teacher, and high school principal.  Rick also cofounded the consulting firm Castallo & Silky, and in that role has worked with hundreds of leadership groups, faculties, and boards throughout the country in their efforts to make their organizations more effective.