Board of Directors
The Inaugural Comprehensive Diversity Conference was held November 5-6, 2012 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. The conference was organized by the Alabama Association of Higher Education Diversity Officers (ALAHEDO), Auburn University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Alabama System. More than 75 people attended the pre-conference workshop, “The Changing Landscape of Diversity and Inclusion” facilitated by Patricia Pope, CEO and co-founder of Pope & Associates on Monday morning, and 120 participants attended the two-day conference sessions on Monday afternoon and Tuesday. Evaluations received from conference attendees were very positive, giving especially high marks for networking opportunities and conference speakers.
The research plenary session featured Dr. Derek Greenfield, Director of Diversity and Equity Engagement and Assistant Professor of Sociology at Alcorn State University. The conference closed November 6 with a noon luncheon and keynote by state representative for Alabama's 77th house district, John Knight. For 25 years, Knight served as the lead plaintiff in Knight v. Alabama, a lawsuit that provided remedies for desegregation in Alabama's colleges and universities. Also, during the ALAHEDO annual business meeting, Dr. Overtoun Jenda, Auburn University's Associate Provost for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, was elected president of ALAHEDO. Other officers elected at the annual meeting can be found here.
ALAHEDO was established in 2010 at Auburn University by Diversity Officers with the main goal of upholding the tenets of the Knight Case Settlement Agreement on every public university and college campus in Alabama. ALAHEDO’s role is to propose initiatives to ensure that higher education institutions in Alabama fairly meet the needs of its underrepresented faculty, staff and students. The association reports regularly, directly and through 63 individual members and ten institutional members to presidents, provosts and the higher education community on the status of diversity in Alabama.