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Programs for Senior Leaders

To strengthen and promote the Catholic mission and identity of its member institutions, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities provides services designed specifically for senior administrators at member colleges. ACCU offers timely, targeted programs and services that:

• Help foster vibrant Catholic identity
• Support cooperation among members
• Respond to emerging member needs


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officers Retreat (Virtual)

"Catholic Higher Education Engaged as Anti-racist"

How do we leverage this moment and incorporate our Catholic mission into our daily work?

Monday, September 28, 2020

1:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)

The goal of this virtual retreat is to build upon the work that was established at last year’s event, discussing the bishops’ letter on racism and how working against racism is a central part of our work in Diversity & Inclusion. In addition to other D&I themes, we will focus on how best to engage as anti-racist institutions across Catholic higher education.

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Retreat Schedule:

1:00 pm      Welcome/Purpose - Christopher Whitt, Creighton University

Introductions - All

Historical Overview of DE&I with ACCU - Liz Ortiz, DePaul University, and Pamela Young, University of Notre Dame

2:00 pm     BREAK

Large group discussion – Christopher Whitt, Creighton University

  • How are you leveraging this moment and incorporating antiracism into your work?
  • How are you articulating and engaging the work with other senior leaders on your campus?

3:00 pm      BREAK

Presentation: Understanding the Mission and Function of ACCU (followed by Q&A) - Fr. Dennis Holtschneider, CM

As CDOs, how do we want to interface with ACCU? - Lawrence Burnley, University of Dayton

Where do we go from here? Toward a plan to engage ACCU - Lawrence Burnley, University of Dayton

3:55 pm     Conclusion and Thank You - Christopher Whitt, Creighton University, and Rebecca Sawyer, ACCU



Women Executive Leaders in Catholic Higher Education

The history of Catholic higher education is marked by strong women leaders and the congregations of women religious that founded many of our institutions. Today, Catholic colleges and universities continue to boast a higher percentage of women presidents than any other higher education sector. We are now at a pivotal moment in history, as lay and religious women are being called to carry forth the rich legacy of our colleges and universities as senior leaders and presidents. ACCU seeks to support women to meet current leadership demands and thrive in Catholic higher education executive positions.

More information about the 2020-21 virtual program will be posted soon.


Aspiring Presidents

This program is open to all senior leaders (vice presidents, deans, and other senior executives) who have the Catholic higher education presidency in their sights. Hear from veteran presidents as you advance your understanding of the unique dimensions of Catholic identity and university mission. Presidential mentors and search consultants help guide participants' journey. Whether you have a planned trajectory toward a presidency, or you are still navigating your path, this program will leave you empowered and inspired to serve as a president within Catholic higher education.

Part of the Leaders in Catholic Higher Education program

More information about the 2020-21 virtual program will be posted soon.


Questions? Contact ACCU


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