Archie W. Ervin, PhD
NADOHE President

Dear Colleagues,

Now, more than ever, colleges and universities must hold fast to their values of equity, diversity,and inclusion as our campuses should be safe and welcoming environments for all members of our campus communities. Our diversity strengthens us, not divides us, and the evidence is clear that diversity improves learning outcomes, enhances our innovative capacity and increases productivity and competitiveness as members of the global community.

As the preeminent voice for diversity in higher education, NADOHE continues to monitor national events and to provide guidance to the higher education community and others.

I am pleased to announce that NADOHE’s inaugural Standards of Professional Practice, June 14-17, 2017, was a success. The nationally renowned faculty provided a curriculum based upon NADOHE’s Standards of Professional Practice for Chief Diversity Officers(Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 2014). This Institute is the gold standard in executive education regarding standards of professional practice for all senior level diversity professionals. We are excited we have reached this point in our maturation as a national association.

NADOHE’s continued membership growth, 30% annually, and member engagement demonstrate the association’s relevance and impact. During the recent annual conference in Washington, DC, March 13-15, a record attendance of 479 were gathered to share in the professional development and networking opportunities.
In addition to informative keynotes by Drs. Freeman Hrabowski and Estela Bensimon, the conference featured an international component with attendes and presenters from Israel, theNetherlands, and the United Kingdom.

There were a number of informative concurrent sessions and networking opportunities, as well as four Pre-Conference Institute sessions on special areas of focus.

Registrant engagement and feedback was requested during the Pre-Conference Institute session, NADOHE: Our First Decade and Our Future, as well as during the Wednesday morning breakfast session. Attendees were asked to provide feedback on ways to enhance NADOHE member services and the conference. Additional feedback and input were provided by conference participants during open ended discussion sessions that took place throughout the conference.

Participants also offered anonymous feedback and comments via round table discussion and comment cards. During the Awards Ceremony held at the conference, the recipients ofNADOHE’s Inclusive Excellence Awards were recognized for their important work. The four award categories included: Individual Leadership, Institutional Excellence, OutstandingDissertation, and the Dr. Frank W. Hale, Jr. Distinguished Service Award.

During the Annual Membership Meeting held at the conference, NADOHE members were recognized for their leadership and service including the incoming members of the Board of Directors.

Also recognized during the conference were the CDO Fellows Program cohorts. This includes:

Cohort 1
Ande Diaz, Associate Provost for Diversity & Organizational
Development, Allegheny College, Meadville, PA

Sumun L. Pendakur, Associate Dean for Institutional Diversity, Office of Institutional Diversity, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA

Cohort 2
Michael Anthony, Former Chief Diversity Officer/Assistant Vice President for Student AffairsOffice of Access, Equity & Diversity Oakton Community College

Rich Salas, Director
Assistant Professor, Multicultural Affairs Des Moines University

Cohort 3
Amanda Kim, Senior Advisor to the President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion St. NorbertCollege

Taniecea Mallery, Director of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement
Office for Campus Diversity University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Cohort 4
Angela Allen, CDO, Office for Diversity and Inclusion
West Texas A&M University

Jessica Cruz, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Northern Michigan University

Designed for new and early career Chief Diversity Officers, the goal of the CDO FellowsProgram is to provide the Fellows with mentoring by a senior level CDO and guided professional development experiences. The call for Cohort 5 applications will be issued later this year.

Coming up in the fall is a professional development opportunity aimed at more seasonedCDO’s. The 2017 Kellogg School of Management, Northwesten University/NADOHE ChiefDiversity Officer Summit, will take place Wednesday, October 4 - Friday, October 6, inEvanston, IL. NADOHE has collaborated with the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, to create this high level summit designed to bring together CDO’s from the higher education, corporate, non-profit, and government sectors to discuss trends and identify areas of overlap and opportunities to further our shared goals. More information on the program schedule will be available shortly.

In addition to developing opportunities for collaboration within the United States, NADOHE is also now planning its third international engagement opportunity to Ghana, December 27, 2017– January 4, 2018. Registration opened May 1, 2017 and closes at 40 travelers. To register and secure your space, please go to and at the top right hand of the Home Page click on “Register Here First” and follow the directions. For questions contact Siri Brown, Global Academics Tour organizer at

In an earlier communication I noted that as diversity and inclusion professionals, we are uniquely positioned by our collective expertise and knowledge of best and effective practices to offer guidance and solutions that will move our college campuses and society toward becoming truly more equitable and inclusive communities. Be assured that NADOHE will continue to advocate for institutional responses that actively engage senior diversity professionals with developing strategies, tactics and actions to address the unfinished equity agendas that have been revealed at our nation’s institutions of higher education over the past year.

In closing, I challenge all NADOHE members to find ways to become involved with our association. We want hear your ideas and suggestions about additional services and opportunities NADOHE can provide for our members. WE encourage you to become involved with NADOHE’s committees and NADOHE chapters that exist across the U.S.With your help and support, we can continue to lead higher education toward inclusive excellence.

On behalf of the NADOHE board of directors, I thank you for your commitment to NADOHE and to the important work that you do.

Archie W. Ervin, PhD


Leading Higher Education Towards Inclusive Excellence