Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officers
Thank you for joining us at the 2022 Consortium for Senior Diversity Officers in Catholic Higher Education Conference!
Called to Live Our Mission: Equity, Justice and Transformation
This DEI Institute provided a forum for senior diversity leaders to develop an equity-mindedness framework combining faith, reason, and eliminating systemic and structural barriers to access and opportunity in Catholic higher education and in the broader society. The conference was structured to be participatory and interactive, featuring keynote speakers, panels, and small group work. We discussed Catholic Social Tradition and DEI work with a focus on justice and promising practice. Panel presentations discussed current DEI issues leading to transformative action and will also focus on self-care for those doing our challenging work.
Many thanks to our 2022 Consortium for Senior Diversity Officers in Catholic Higher Education Conference Planning Committee for their assistance in planning this year's conference!
Allison Heard, Director, Office of Institutional Diversity, Title IX Coordinator, University of St. Francis
Br. Ernest Miller, FSC, Vice President of Mission, Diversity and Inclusion, La Salle University
Liz Ortiz, Vice President of Institutional Diversity and Equity, DePaul University
Patricia Pratt-Cook, Sr. Vice President Human Resources, Equity, and Inclusion, St. Catherine University
Sponsored by RH Perry & Associates
About the Consortium of Senior Diversity Officers in Catholic Higher Education
In 2015–16, over 40% of the student body population in Catholic higher education was non-white. Over the past six years, the number of white students enrolled in Catholic colleges and universities decreased by 8%, while the number of Hispanic students increased by 38%. Currently, 29 ACCU member colleges are identified as Minority-Serving Institutions, including Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Predominantly Black Institutions, and one HBCU (Historically Black College or University). An additional 17 institutions serve student body populations that are over 50% non-white.
To address these demographics, ACCU has offered a selection of events and resources to the Catholic higher education community. Most recently, it has helped coordinate the launch of a new professional association: Consortium of Senior Diversity Officers in Catholic Higher Education. Details about the group can be found here and below.
In conjunction with its 2022 Annual Meeting, ACCU will once again offer a dedicated pre-conference session for those who fulfill this vital campus role.
ACCU Members attending the NADOHE conference in March 2022.
Photo courtesy of Dr. Elizabeth Ortiz, DePaul University
To provide a forum for diversity professionals and university leaders to develop an equity- mindedness framework combining faith, reason, and eliminating systemic and structural barriers to access and opportunity in Catholic higher education and in the broader society.