Paulette Granberry Russell, J.D.

President's Message

Dear NADOHE Colleagues:

So much has happened since March, and I doubt that any of us could have imagined the changes we have all witnessed and participated in as higher education has responded to COVID-19. NADOHE as an organization and through the Board of Directors and our members, has been hard at work in the last six weeks and want you to know:

First, NADOHE is here for you, our members. We understand the stresses happening at many levels, including for you personally, and we are engaged in the following:

*Monitoring federal, state and higher education activity and recently issued a policy statement to address the disparities caused by COVID-19 and those "Affected in Terms -of Health, Health Equity and Economic Security." The statement can be found here.

*Offering ongoing complimentary webinars, starting March 18, to help members stay informed and connect during this unprecedented time, including our next one 1:00 - 2:30 PM, EDT, Thursday, April 30, entitled NADOHE Standards 2.0 and COVID-19 Part I:
Advancing the Centrality and Capacity of DEI Work in the Context of Crisis Management. More information can be found at:

*Exploring ways to offer more professional development opportunities virtually for members to access.

*Contacting those who have not renewed their membership in 2020 and extending the renewal deadline to September 30, on request.

*Renewing 2021 memberships on request, for those who would like pay for their memberships early.

Second, member benefits that continue to be available include a subscription to the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, and Insight into Diversity. The most recent edition of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education is now available on:

Third, the NADOHE Standards of Professional Practice 2.0 were recently unveiled. More information can be found at: COVID-19 has caused us to cancel this summer's Standards of Professional Practice Institute. However, we are exploring ways to offer a hybrid 2020 SPPI experience, beginning with a virtual component in the fall and culminating with an in-person gathering in 2021.  More information on this will be shared with members in the very near future.

Finally, NADOHE is exploring how best to meet member needs through the 2021 Annual Conference and will be sending a brief survey to members about this shortly. We want to extend our deep appreciation to the 2020 Conference Planning Committee for a conference in San Diego that had a planned attendance of slightly over 600 registrants, which would have been a historic high. Even though we face challenges in the near future, the Conference Planning Committee has already begun its discussions on the 2021 annual conference.

WE have a lot ahead of us as an organization as we work through the next several months of significant change in higher education.  CDOs and diversity professionals MUST be at the table contributing to the new ways of engaging with students, faculty, and staff who will be directly impacted by how our institutions are responding to this pandemic.  It is predicted that higher education will be forever changed by COVID-19, and while that may be true, our collective responsibility is to assure that diversity, equity and inclusion is central to the planning, proposed strategies and desired outcomes.

Please do not hesitate to work through your Chapters,, with members of the Board of Directors,, or contact me directly to suggest ways in which NADOHE can better support you.  Thank you for all you do to safeguard, maintain and promote inclusive excellence at your institutions and throughout all of higher education.


Paulette Granberry Russell
President, NADOHE

The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) serves as the preeminent voice for diversity officers in higher education. Its vision is to lead higher education towards inclusive excellence through institutional transformation.