signature_vert_full_webThis year’s Summer Institute (Click here to go to event page), to be held June 21 – 23, 2017, at Valparaiso University in Indiana, will give NAC&U members a multi-day opportunity to discuss and hear from experts on ‘Dialogue and Understanding: Conversations Across Difference.’ [button style=”btn-info” size=”btn-md” label=”Register now!” icon=”fa-star” link=””]

The Summer Institute will host keynote speakers and also draw on the expertise within the consortium to share best practices for supporting civil dialogue on difficult subjects in our classrooms and on our campuses. The format of the Summer Institute will be different this year to maximize small group discussions but the outcome will stay the same – campus teams will be able to return to their home institutions with strategies that they can put into practice.

The first day of the Summer Institute will focus entirely on NAC&U campuses. NAC&U presidents who handled challenging situations on or near their campuses will lead a panel discussion, and there will be several concurrent sessions in which NAC&U faculty and administrators will share FrederickLawrence1initiatives and practice that have been successful for them. Students will be a part of Wednesday’s program, with a student panel on difficult dialogues and the presentation of the inaugural NAC&U Award for Student Excellence. The day will end with an excursion to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for a sunset on the beach of Lake Michigan.

Thursday will feature two plenary sessions. Frederick Lawrence, CEO and secretary of Phi Beta Kappa and an attorney, will speak in the morning about civil rights and first amendment issues. Libby Roderick, associate director of the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, will speak about how to manage difficult dialogues in higher education. Libby1-200wFacilitated group discussions on a variety of topics such as classroom conflict, religion, politics, race, gender, and managing emotionally charged discussions will follow each of these sessions. There will be time for campus teams to meet to discuss next steps and potential initiatives for their institutions.

To conclude the conference on Friday, there will be an interactive session among all campuses to share thoughts and strategies on encouraging and facilitating dialogue.

Registration is now open for NAC&U members at this link. Registration will close on May 30, 2017.

Please see the Summer Institute event page for more information on the schedule, speakers, and lodging/travel.

Pre-Conference Meetings for CAOs/Provosts, Senior Student Affairs Officers, and NAC&U Faculty Ambassadors, as well as the NAC&U Board Meeting, will take place on Tuesday, June 20, in the afternoon and Wednesday, June 21, in the morning. You may register for Pre-Conference Meetings (but not the Board Meeting) using the link above. Registration information for the Board Meeting will be sent via email.