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2012 Conference: Modeling Equity, Engaging Difference: New Frameworks for Diversity and Learning

Tribute to Caryn McTighe Musil
Please join AAC&U and colleagues to recognize and celebrate Caryn McTighe Musil's career and life long commitment to advancing equity, justice, and academic excellence for all peoples. Musil will remain at AAC&U as the Senior Scholar and Director of Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Initiatives.

Modeling Equity, Engaging Difference: Past, Present, Future
Frank Chong, President, Santa Rosa Junior College; Ramón Gutiérrez, Preston and Sterling Morton Distinguished Service Professor in United States History and the College, The University of Chicago; and Lori D. Patton, Associate Professor, Higher Education and Student Affairs Program—Indiana University School of Education
The history of social change movements for human rights, equal rights, and civil rights is rich with lessons to guide higher education as it seeks full inclusion and equity.  How are diversity and democracy defined and how are these definitions evolving with the changing circumstances of the 21st century? How do we understand and teach about inequalities based on class, race, and immigration status? This panel will discuss how higher education must change to model equity and nurture the knowledge and skills students will need to realize the potential within themselves, within their communities, and within our democracy.

Friday, October 19, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

The Architecture of Full Participation
Susan Sturm, George M. Jaffin Professor of Law and Social Responsibility and Founding Director, Center for Institutional and Social Change, Columbia Law School
At a time of growing inequality and shrinking confidence in our country’s ability to address the complex problems facing our communities, higher education institutions are key to building societal capacity to meet these challenges. Professor Sturm will offer a new institutional framework for integrating diversity and equity, publicly engaged scholarship, and student success initiatives with each other and with higher education’s core values. Sturm will describe the architecture for “full participation”—a framework that enables people, whatever their identities or institutional positions, to realize their capabilities.  She will share the process for building these values and practices into the hardwiring of institutions and show how this strategy responds to legal risks exemplified by the affirmative action case before the Supreme Court.

Friday, October 19, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

How Do Today’s Students View Diversity, Equity, and Cultural Differences?
Moderators:  Gwendolyn Dungy, Executive Director, NASPA—Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education; and Irena S.M. Makarushka, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts, Towson University
Students from several colleges and universities in the Baltimore Washington Metropolitan region will talk about how higher education can best support their goals as they pursue the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed and excel, personally and professionally, in a multicultural and globally interdependent world.

Saturday, October 20, 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 p.m.

Diversity and Higher Education:  Pressing Toward Equity
M. Christopher Brown II, President, Alcorn State University
M. Christopher Brown II, 18th president of the nation’s first historically black land-grant institution, has earned a national reputation for his research and scholarly writing on education policy, governance, and administration, and for creating institutional contexts for advancing college completion and quality learning of minority students. He also is well known for his studies of historically black colleges, educational equity, and professorial responsibilities. Dr. Brown will share his strategies for improving access and educational excellence for all students. He will discuss how higher education can model the equity and effective practices in engaging difference that it seeks to advance in students and throughout society.