Plenary Speakers Lineup to Challenge Your Thinking
Join fellow higher education executives to hear the below thought-provoking speakers and receive cutting-edge information about critical topics in higher education at ACE2018 plenary sessions. Speakers will focus on the themes of equity and social justice; leadership in a changing world; and innovation; and they will unpack the political, policy, and practical issues impacting the decisions you make every day.
Robert H. Atwell Plenary Session
Sunday, March 11, 2018, 5:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Sponsored by Fidelity Investments
Solving the Completion Puzzle: Leadership Counts
Chancellor Emeritus, The State University of New York and Senior Fellow, Rockefeller Institute of Government, University at Albany
Monday Breakfast Plenary Session
Monday, March 12, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Sponsored by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Under the leadership of President Ruth Simmons, in 2006, Brown University (RI) released a landmark report from its Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice. The report documented the participation of some of Brown’s founders and benefactors in the eighteen-century transatlantic slave trade and presented recommendations on how to address this troubling legacy. Simmons’s pioneering effort encouraged other colleges and universities to undertake similar projects and to discover and reveal histories of injustice and the complex political, legal, and moral issues that emerge. A decade later, President John J. DeGioia of Georgetown University (DC) followed suit, releasing a 2016 report from the university’s Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation. Such examination by these and other institutions creates a unique opportunity for higher education to confront the past in an effort to better our future. During this session, Simmons and DeGioia will reflect on the role of historical legacies of injustice on the modern day fulfillment of higher education’s mission.
Ruth J. Simmons
President, Prairie View A&M University (TX)
John J. DeGioia
President, Georgetown University
Judy C. Miner
Chancellor, Foothill-De Anza Community College District (CA)
Monday Luncheon Plenary Session
Monday, March 12, 2018, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Sponsored by TIAA
A 50-Year Experiment: The Evolution of Higher Education and American Society
Freeman A. Hrabowski, III
President, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Tuesday Closing Plenary Session
Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Sponsored by ACT
Free Speech on Campus: What Students Think and How We Respond
Over the past three years, campus leaders have seen an escalation of tensions around the First Amendment, attempting to manage the often competing goals of encouraging an open exchange of ideas while making sure all students feel respected and welcome. Important to these efforts is understanding just how college students view and exercise their First Amendment rights. A landmark poll conducted by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in 2016 provided a window into student beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. The 2018 poll finds dramatic shifts in how secure students perceive First Amendment Freedoms, and explores significant new ground in how students understand the relationship between values of free expression and values of diversity and inclusion. Join us for a closing plenary to unpack these new findings and talk about what they means for campuses now and in the future.
Vice Chancellor – Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, University of California San Diego
Maxwell Little, M.Ed.
Student Activist, Concerned Student 1950, University of Missouri-Columbia
Former Publisher, New York Newsday, Chairman Emeritus and Former Interim President, Adelphi University (NY)
Assistant Vice President, Policy Research and Strategy, ACE
Executive Director, Education & Workforce Development, Gallup
President, American University