National Conference Agenda

Pre-Conference Agenda

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 (Certification, Day 1)

Conference Registration

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

AAAED PDTI Program for Senior CAAP Day 1

Additional Registration

1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

New Professional Academy Day 1

Additional Registration

12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

AAAED Board of Directors’ Meeting

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 (Pre-conference)

Conference Registration

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

AAAED PDTI Program for Senior CAAP Day 2

Additional Registration

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

New Professional Academy Day 2

Additional Registration

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Title IX Overview - Part 1

Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Pre-conference Workshops

Workshop A

  • Case Study - Pregnancy Discrimination (9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)
  • Academic Issues and OFCCP Compliance (10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Marilynn Schuyler; Schuyler Affirmative Action Practice

Workshop B

  • Affirmative Action Regulatory Basics (9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)
  • Affirmative Action Plan 101 for Universities and Businesses (10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

William Smitherman; Absolute Mediation & Arbitration Services, LLC and
Patrick Nooren; Biddle Consulting

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch for all Wednesday Pre-conference Workshops attendees

1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Pre-conference Workshops

Workshop C

  • Diversity Strategies  (1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.)

    Dr. Neal Lester; Arizona State University

  • Faculty Recruitment and Retention (2:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Dr. Alberto Roca; DiverseScholar

Workshop D

  • Exploring the Unique Challenges Facing Colleges and Universities in Explaining Their Compensation Practices to OFCCP (1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.)

Joshua Roffman & Alissa Horvitz; Roffman Horvitz PLC 

  • Limiting Your Legal Exposure: Ensuring That Your Data Tells the Truth (2:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Criselda Cooper & Heather Sakamoto; Biddle Consulting

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Title IX Investigations/Advanced Part 2

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Exhibitors' Welcome Reception for All Attendees 

7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Movie:  “Hidden Figures” Hospitality Suite 

Conference Agenda

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Conference Registration

 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Exhibits and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Session

8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Opening Presentation (Native American Ceremony) and Speaker

Local Government to "Welcome American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity to Arizona"

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Plenary Session 1

Regulatory Panel - What to Expect/Recent Changes Under the New Administration

Panelist: David Cohen, President; DCI Consulting

Panelist: Michelle Duncan, Partner; Jackson Lewis

Panelist: David Lopez, Partner; Outten and Golden (formerly EEOC Attorney)

Panelist: Dr. Christopher Metzler, Associate Dean, School of Continuing Studies; Georgetown University

Moderator: Shirley Wilcher, Executive Director; American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity

10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Break and Exhibits

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Conference Workshops

  • Practical Guide to Attracting Individuals with Disabilities

Richard Laferriere, CVS Healthcare

  • Modern Activism Among Black and Latinx College Students: The Benefits and Costs of Participation in Black Lives Matter and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Dr. Micere Keels; University of Chicago

  • Using Metrics to Identify Diversity Opportunities

Keli Wilson and Amanda Shapiro; DCI Consulting

  • How to Get a Notice of Compliance: OFCCP Audits Violations and Recommended Solutions

Patrick Nooren & Nina LeTse; Biddle Consulting

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Lunch and Awards Presentation

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Business Meeting (AAAED Members)

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Conference Workshops (non-members)

  • Title IX or Due Process?  A False Dilemma

Pamela Connelly; University of Pittsburgh

  • Managing Diversity in the Workplace

Dr. Danielle L. Wood-Williams; University of Arkansas

3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Break and Exhibits

3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Conference Workshops

  • Navigating the Stuff and Exercising Tough Love for Diffusing Organizational Noise

Dr. Kim Kirkland; IUPUI and Margo Foreman; Iowa State University

  • Unpacking the Reasonable Accommodations Conversation: Achieving Win/Win Outcomes

Lou Orslene; Job Accommodations Network

  • Diversity Learning in a New Era: Strategies to Include, Unite and Move Forward in the Aftermath of the 2016 Presidential Election

Alison Akant; DiversityEdu

  • Native American Panel

Patti Hibbeler, CEO Phoenix Indian Center

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

President’s Reception in Exhibit Area

Friday, June 9, 2017

Conference Registration

7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

Exhibits and Continental Breakfast

8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Conference updates, reminder and agenda for day

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

General Session Speaker

Dr. Steven R. Gonzales, President of GateWay Community College

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Plenary Session 2

A Conversation on Civil Rights: A Look Ahead

Conversation on recent proposed changes effecting civil rights in government, business, communities and education.

Panelist are:

  • Dr. Ann Hart, President of the Maricopa NAACP
  • The Honorable Reginald Bolding, AZ State House of Representatives and Chair AZ State Legislative Education Committee
  • Carlos Galindo-Elvira, Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League (Invited)
  • Mary Jo O'Neal, Regional Attorney, EEOC
  • Dr. James Wermers, Faculty Fellow, ASU Center on Race and Democracy and, a guest from either the Native American or Hispanic/Latino education community (Invited)


10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Break and Exhibits

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Conference Workshops

  • Is it Title IX or Title VII or Both?

Joni Baker; The Texas A&M University System

  • What you Always Wanted to Know About Pay Equity Analyses But Were Afraid to Ask

Mike Aamodt; DCI Consulting

  • Ensuring Security on America’s College Campus’: Best Practices for Eliminating Sexual Assaults

Presented by Panel Lead, Chief Alan Rodbell-City of Scottsdale PD, Chief Sylvia Moir-City of Tempe, and Chief Michael Thompson, Arizona State University at Tempe Campus PD and Security

  • How to Navigate the Intersection of Affirmative Action and Diversity

Michelle Duncan; Jackson Lewis P.C.

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Regional Meetings and Luncheon 

1:45p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Conference Workshops

  • Why Colleges and Organizations Need to Conduct Climate Surveys

Dr. Ken D. Coopwood Sr.; Campus Climate Surveys, LLC

  • Tenure and the Underrepresented Minority Faculty

Dr. Erin Lynch-Alexander; Austin Peay State University

  • Going Beyond Diversity to Inclusion Through Engagement

Lana Petru; Liderology Consulting Group

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

General Session

Putting it All Together, Defining and Understanding the Tracks We Leave

Conference Registration  

We invite you to spend the weekend in the Scottsdale area and enjoy the culture and beauty of this amazingly scenic area.   We will have discount coupons in the exhibit area for some local attractions.

* All speakers, topics and/or times are subject to change.