2017 Diversity Issues in Higher Education Conference

will be hosted by Berkeley College at the Woodland Park, NJ, campus on

Friday, November 17 (9:30 am to 3 pm).


Since 2000,  ACOD has partnered with a New Jersey college or university to host this conference. Our conference brings together educators, students, business leaders, and community members to discuss issues central to educating and empowering leaders and emerging leaders in higher education and the workplace.

Our 2016 Host Institution was New Jersey City University!

acodhigheredlucidapodium2 “The Charge to Lead Diversity & Inclusion in a Climate of Globalization”

Keynote speaker Lucida Plummer, former Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion at Wyndham Worldwide (left), brought diversity front and center with her thought-provoking presentation. Ms. Plummer leads the global Diversity & Inclusion strategy for Wyndham Worldwide. In this role, she provides leadership and guidance and collaborates with the executive leadership team, Wyndham’s business units, HR leadership, diversity council members, associate business groups (ABGs), associates and external business partners in the execution of key diversity and inclusion initiatives. She also works across business units to identify strategic opportunities and partnerships in alignment with key diverse populations, internally and externally, to further enhance Wyndham’s reputation as an employer of choice and a diversity leader. Ms. Plummer joined Wyndham from MetLife, where she most recently served as Head, Global Diversity & Inclusion Business Partnerships. There she was directly accountable for restructuring 30 US diversity networks with over 5,000 members and launching global women’s business networks in over 20 countries.

The 2015 Conference was hosted by Ramapo College and was titled “Diversity in Action: Moving Beyond Words.” The keynote speaker was Dr. Christopher Catching (right)AAEAAQAAAAAAAAYdAAAAJGYxM2ZlYWE0LTI4N2ItNDk2Ni04OTVmLTI1MGI0OTU2NDJmNA

Dr. Catching is a native of Newark, NJ. He entered Montclair State University (NJ) in the summer of 1995 through the Educational Opportunity Program, a program for first-generation, lower-income college students. Dr. Catching earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Montclair State University and continued his education at New York University, where he earned a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration. He started his career serving as Coordinator for Greek Leadership Development at Seton Hall University and continued his career at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick campus, where he served for nearly a decade in several roles including Assistant Dean for Multicultural Engagement and as an adjunct faculty teaching courses in sociology of education and women’s and gender studies.   He earned a Doctorate of Education from Rutgers University in 2008. His doctoral research examined the racialized experiences of high achieving black male students in the U.S. educational system.


The 2014 Conference was hosted by Kean University and addressed “The Changing Face of Diversity: Poverty, Education, Immigration, and Race.”


The  2013 Conference was hosted by Montclair State University and the theme focused on access to technology, the digital divide, and preparing students for success in a global world.

Panel Higher Ed Conference 2012


Our 2012 Conference, “Who Has the Access C.O.D.E.? Positioning a Generation for the Best Careers, Opportunities and Diversity through Education,” was held at Saint Peter’s University.

If your institution would like to be a part of the Planning Committee for the next conference, contact us.

C PriceThe Diversity Issues in Higher Education Conference Program Committee consists of the following colleges, universities, and community partners:

Bergen Community College
Bloomfield College
Brookdale Community College
College of St. Elizabeth
Drew University
Georgian Court University
Fairleigh Dickinson  University
Kean University
Monmouth University
Montclair State University
New Jersey City University
Rider University
Rowan University
Rutgers, The State University of NJ
Saint Peter’s University
Seton Hall University

Stockton College

William Paterson University