Plenary Sessions

Engaged Inclusivity: Perceptions, Realities, and Aspirations

March 28, 2019 to March 30, 2019 | PittsburghPA 

Keynote Address • Sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University
Thursday, March 28, 7:00–8:15 p.m.
Resisting Marginality with Radical Inclusivity: Reimagining Possibility in the Higher Education of Today

Charles H.F. Davis III, Assistant Professor of Clinical Education, Rossier School of Education and Chief Strategy Officer and Director of Research, USC Race and Equity Center, University of Southern California

This keynote will engage participants in a series of thought exercises to reframe how higher education professionals understand and address instances of marginalization at their institutions.  Starting at the margins of those routinely excluded from decision-making, institutional governance, and access to opportunity, Dr. Davis will introduce the concept of radical inclusivity as a pathway for reimagining possibility in contemporary higher education. 

Plenary Panel • Sponsored by McGraw-Hill Education
Friday, March 29, 9:00–10:00 a.m.
Perspectives on Campus Inclusion and Free Expression: Navigating Tensions and Harmonizing Interests

Moderator: Lorelle Espinosa, Vice President for Research, American Council on Education;
Panelists: Jennifer Bloomquist, Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Dean of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Programs, Gettysburg College; Andrew Hughey, Special Assistant to the President for Diversity & Inclusion, Community College of Allegheny County; Lynn Pasquerella, President, AAC&U; Fernando Soriano, Undergraduate Student, Chatham University; and Megan Toomer, Undergraduate Student, Duquesne University

Campuses have been sites of conflict in recent years, as we have seen tensions arise around issues of diversity, inclusion, and freedom of expression. Campus leadership, faculty, and staff are often caught in the crosshairs, working to uphold the principles of the First Amendment while encouraging civil and respectful dialogue and a welcoming, inclusive climate. This discussion will investigate how we unpack these tensions, prepare for and respond to incidents, and work as a community to ensure that the relationship between free expression and inclusive campus climates is mutually reinforcing rather than at odds.

Closing Plenary • Sponsored by OneClass
Saturday, March 30, 11:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m.
Reframing Disability: Challenging What We Think We Know

Amanda Kraus, Assistant Vice President, Campus Life, University of Arizona

To develop inclusive educational systems, we must challenge “what we think we know” about disability.  By analyzing language, media and design, Dr. Kraus will problematize the dominant narrative on disability. Borrowing from disability studies, participants will explore prevalent models used to frame disability as well as emerging thinking that challenges the idea that disability is a personal tragedy or problem, but a phenomenon created by the design of our environments with far reaching political, social and economic implications.  The plenary will end with a discussion of Universal Design and practical strategies to create more inclusive and welcoming spaces, processes and experiences for all.