2015 Conference In Depth

2015 Conference -LGBTQ Leaders in Higher Education: Shaping Our Futures

June 26 – 28, 2015, Pride Weekend in Chicago

ADLER UNIVERSITY

Agenda

THURSDAY, JUNE 25

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Pre-Conference Meeting
Closed Business Meeting for Presidents and Chancellors
FRIDAY, JUNE 26

8:00 AM Breakfast
Sponsored by National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education

9:00 AM Conference Welcome
Raymond Crossman, President, Adler University

9:15 AM Opening Plenary
The Path to Successful Leadership
Theodora J. Kalikow, Interim Vice Chancellor and President Emerita, University of Maine
System; Ralph Hexter, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, UC Davis; Karen Whitney, President, Clarion University

10:45 AM Break

11:00 AM Mentorship break out groups
Each small group will be facilitated by presidents and chancellors to address specific questions of advancement and professional development.

12:00 PM Lunch
Sponsored by Adler University
Lunch will be served in break out rooms for the small mentorship groups to continue discussion.

1:45 PM Concurrent Conversations
Coversations and rooms as assigned

2:45 PM Break

3:00 PM Concurrent Conversations
Coversations and rooms as assigned

4:00 PM Conference Day Ends

5:30 PM Reception and Dinner at Roosevelt University
425 South Wabash Avenue

SATURDAY, JUNE 27

8:30 AM Breakfast
Sponsored by Adler University

9:30 AM Conference Keynote
LGBT Equality: A New Path Forward
The Honorable David N. Cicilline,
United States House of Representatives, Rhode Island

10:45 AM Break

11:00 AM Concurrent Conversations
Conversations and rooms as assigned

12:00 PM Lunch
Sponsored by AGB Search
1:30 PM Closing Plenary
From Seventeen to Seventy: The Clarion Call of Freedom Ringing
Chuck Middleton, President, Roosevelt University

2:30 PM Conference Ends

SUNDAY, JUNE 28

Conference participants are invited to march in Chicago’s Gay Pride Parade with the presidents and chancellors from across the nation of LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education – a historic first.

 

CONCURRENT CONVERSATIONS FOR JUNE 26 AND JUNE 27

Registrants will be asked to select 3 of these 6 Concurrent Conversations. Assignments will be made on a first-come basis. Each Concurrent Conversation will be small, with maximum of approximately one dozen participants in order to encourage discourse and mentorship.

OUT AND OPEN IN THE SEARCH PROCESS

Facilitators include Dr. Terry Allison, Chancellor, Indiana University-South Bend; Tom Finch, Academic Search; Jennifer Muller, Academic Keys; Dr. Marten denBoer, Provost, DePaul University; Dr. Katherine Haley, Witt/Kieffer; Dr. James Gandre, President, Manhattan School of Music; Steve Leo, Storbeck/Pimentel. This conversation will be led by gay and lesbian leaders and by senior search consultants who will address the search process and issues of bias and opportunity for LGBTQ persons within the current societal landscape.

HOW TO NAVIGATE THE FUNDRAISING RAPIDS AS AN OUT LEADER

Facilitators include Dr. Margaret Drugowich, President, Hartwick College (NY); Calvin D. Husmann, Vice President for Alumni, Development, and Communications, Lawrence University (WI); Thomas Minar, President-Designate of Franklin College (IN); Ron Schiller, Founding Partner, Aspen Leadership Group. This conversation will talk about fundraising by LGBTQ leaders of institutions and institutional units and advancement officers. How does one serve the needs of the institution while being true and authentic to oneself as an “out” leader? How does one bring his/her whole self to donors? How can being “out” be a positive advantage in the fundraising arena?

HATERS GONNA HATE – DON’T COOPERATE

Facilitators are Drs. Gary Hollander, President and CEO, Diverse and Resilient, and Raymond Crossman, President, Adler University. Dealing with heterosexism, sexism, and racism as an LGBTQ leader can be tricky. Most of us dislike framing any difficulties we experience as a function of “–isms,” so acknowledging and addressing either overt discrimination or internalized oppression can be a challenge. This facilitated conversation will examine stories of such incidents toward understanding the effects of systematic oppression. The conversation will focus on “what to do” in moving from coping to resilience and authentic leadership.

CONVERSATIONS ABOUT LEADERSHIP: ADMINISTRATORS, FACULTY, AND STAFF PROVIDING LEADERSHIP ON LGBTQ ISSUES

Facilitators include Jim Berg, Dean, Arts and Sciences, College of the Desert (CA); Mac Powell, President, JFK University; Joe Bertolino, Lyndon State College. This conversation will address a variety of questions. What makes a good campus leader? Who has provided great leadership for LGBTQ inclusion on college and university campuses? Do colleges and universities have strategies to develop LGBTQ leadership among employees? Is good leadership the same at different types of campuses? Large and small campuses? “Traditional” age and returning students? With degrees of cultural diversity? Residential, commuter, online, low-residency?

CONVERSATIONS ABOUT LEADERSHIP: STUDENTS AND CAMPUS COMMUNITY

Facilitators include Karen Whitney, President, Clarion University (Pennsylvania); Aurelio Valente, Dean of Students and Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Governors State University (IL); David Olsen, Chair of Communication, California State University Los Angeles; Susan Henking, Shimer College. This conversation will address a variety of questions. Which campuses are leaders in inclusion or countering homophobia? What have been the most effective ways to foster LGBTQ student leadership? How have students, staff, faculty, and administrators at colleges and universities with religious missions provided successful leadership to foster conversation and change? How do you lead when a progressive campus movement meets internal or external community resistance? Should campuses try to count students’ sexuality? Why?

QUEER LEADERSHIP: PROVIDING RESEARCH PERSPECTIVES ABOUT THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY AND LEADERSHIP

Facilitators include Drs. Bil Leipold, Lyndon State College & Rutgers University-Newark; Adam Rockman, Queens College, CUNY; Ronni Sanlo, Ed.D., Ronni Sanlo Consulting, UCLA Professor/Director, LGBT Center (retired). Research has begun to describe the path of LGBTQ college and university presidents. A good deal of research has addressed LGBTQ student experiences on college and university campus, and over the past decade, there is new attention to LGBTQ leaders in politics, non-profits, and education. This conversation will assist participants to consider their own professional development paths in relationship to the emerging literature.

Partner Programming

LEARNING TO DANCE: THE LIVED EXPERIENCE AND LESSONS LEARNED FROM PARTNERS / SPOUSES

Facilitators will be partners of current presidents, including Drs. Peggy Apple, Clarion University of Pennsylvania and Boris Thomas, Manhattan School of Music. Participants will hear experiences of partners and spouses of LGBTQ presidents. Discussions will include how to accompany a spouse/partner during an on-campus interview, how to work with the president during a fundraising event, and how to learn to navigate the college or university community as a partner/spouse.

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