Can We Handle Truth?

Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success

Henderson, NV and Virtual

This conference will explore truth through critical examinations to discover institutional structures that may hinder efforts for achieving our diversity, equity, and student success goals.

Exploring and embracing truth is a complicated process. It often varies depending on the individuals within a community and the context of the current environment—both internally and externally. Within higher education’s ever-changing landscape, the exploration of truth is multifaceted. As a community, we value the diverse exchange of ideas and the pursuit of knowledge in search of truth, but we also recognize the challenges that can emerge when our differences and deeply held ways of knowing and being conflict.

AAC&U’s 2023 Conference on Diversity, Equity and Student Success: Can We Handle Truth? seeks to explore truth by critically examining existing narratives and lived experiences from our diverse student and educator populations, community partners, and policymakers that may challenge our commonly held beliefs and practices as well as the truth that our institutional structures may hinder efforts for achieving our diversity, equity, and student success goals. We can no longer assume that our intentions to create educational environments where all students and educators can succeed are enough to support higher levels of success. We have to explore and embrace the truth that what we have designed may not be working as intended.

We invite you to join us for virtual and in-person conversations and action-oriented sessions that will center truth-telling within the context of setting aspirational goals for diversity, equity, and student success, and for leading institutional transformation.

    This conference will challenge attendees to think within and beyond their current perceptions and circumstances through an exploration of the true realities facing students and educators. Hopefully, these exchanges will lead to experiences and environments where all students and educators can thrive and be fully prepared for work, life, and productive engagement with our communities.

    A Hybrid Meeting

    AAC&U is looking forward to gathering in person for the 2023 Conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success. While we hope to see many of you in Henderson, NV (just outside of Las Vegas), we will also offer a virtual component for those unable to join us in person. Select workshops, roundtable discussions, discussion sessions, lightning talks, and unconference sessions will be available online.

    The virtual offerings during the in-person conference will include virtual concurrent sessions during each in-person concurrent session time band. All plenary sessions will be live-streamed and accessible to virtual conference registrants. All conference participants will be able to view recordings of the virtual concurrent sessions after the conference.

    Important Dates

    • Early Bird Registration Extended Deadline

    • First Day of Conference

    • Last Day of Conference

    Statement on Event Locations

    We are committed to ensuring that AAC&U events serve as educational spaces within which the higher education community can come together, engage local communities, and discuss the issues at the forefront of public debate.


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