“Equity-minded leaders are aware of the historical context of exclusionary practices in higher education and recognize the impact of this history. They recognize the contradiction between the ideals of democratic education and the social, institutional, and individual practices that contribute to persistent inequities in college outcomes. Equity-minded leaders also reject the ingrained habit of blaming inequities in access, opportunity, and outcomes on students’ own social, cultural, and educational backgrounds. Most important, equity-minded leaders use this mindset to act for change. They recognize the need for systemic transformation, starting in school and continuing in higher education, to make quality learning for the nation’s underserved students a shared priority. They invest their time, effort, and political capital into discussing these issues and mobilizing institution-wide efforts and community partnerships to address them.”
— AAC&U, Step Up and Lead for Equity: What Higher Education Can Do to Reverse Our Deepening Divides, 2015
Provosts, ambassadors, and faculty from NAC&U member institutions are invited to attend the 2019 Summer Institute which will be held Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15, 2019 in Washington, DC, at the Hamilton Hotel.
The theme for the 2019 NAC&U Summer Institute will be ‘Equity-minded Curricular Reform,’ and attendees will explore how NAC&U institutions are best suited to bring about equity in higher education, especially in the areas of student success and the co-curriculum; equity as a course design principle; and integration across majors, minors, and degree requirement programs. This will be a working institute with integrated discussions among academic affairs leaders and faculty that will lead to concrete actions that attendees can bring back to their campuses. The planning committee is seeking recommendations for catalyst leaders within NAC&U who can facilitate these discussions.
The conference will be held 9 am to 5 pm on Friday and 9 am to noon on Saturday. The faculty ambassador group is tentatively scheduled to meet late in the afternoon on Thursday, June 13.