NADOHE Standards of Professional Practice Institute (SPPI)
June 24 - 27, 2020
(original dates)
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH
Registration Now Open!
Postponed. More information will be available shortly.

NADOHE’s 2019 SPPI was the most relevant, affirming, and comprehensive professional development experience for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) professionals that I have attended. The experienced faculty were practitioners and scholars. They created the conditions for the participants to dialogue about their professional practice and the skills needed to be an effective DEI practitioner. I emerged from the Institute better prepared to lead impactful DEI initiatives and connected to a new network of institutional changemakers. ~Renée Smith-Maddox, Ph.D., Diversity Liaison Officer, University of Southern California, Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

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About SPPI
This unparalleled multi-day program is designed to prepare the next generation of research and practice based diversity higher education leaders to become proficient in the Standards of Professional Practice for Chief Diversity Officers in Higher Education. The Standards of Professional Practice Institute (SPPI) is modeled after other proven and respected professional development programs in higher education. Each day is structured to focus on one or more of the standards of professional practice and will be led by faculty that have served as a college or university chief diversity officer or senior administrator and/or who are leading experts in this field. The 2020 SPPI will feature updated curriculum reflecting the recently updated Standards of Professional Practice for CDOs in Higher Education (November 2019).

2020 SPPI Location

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is one of the country's leading private research institutions. Located in Cleveland, CWRU offers a unique combination of forward-thinking educational opportunities in an inspiring cultural setting. Leading-edge faculty engage in teaching and research in a collaborative, hands-on environment. Nationally recognized programs include arts and sciences, dental medicine, engineering, law, management, medicine, nursing and social work. About 5,100 undergraduate and 6,700 graduate students comprise the student body.  CWRU values excellence by advancing diversity through inclusive thinking, mindful learning, and transformative dialogue. The University vision is embodied in the mission of the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity (OIDEO). OIDEO provides support and guidance and promotes equitable and fair treatment in employment, education, and other aspects of campus life. The office serves as a resource to the university in the interpretation, understanding, and application of federal and state equal opportunity and affirmative action laws and regulations. Ultimately, the office supports the university's mission by providing strategic leadership in the development of policies, procedures, and programs that will help foster diversity, inclusiveness, and a welcoming environment for faculty, staff, students and others. This office works in tandem with the Equity Office, the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, the LGBT Center, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs to intentionally and consistently improve the campus climate and culture. 

CWRU is an anchoring institution within Cleveland, Ohio’s University Circle, a community with one of the nation’s largest concentration of educational, cultural, medical and performing arts organizations (including the University’s own Maltz Performing Arts Center), named by Forbes one of the ten most beautiful neighborhoods in the United States. The city of Cleveland, situated on the southern shore of Lake Erie, is the second largest city in Ohio and the largest media market in the state. Cleveland is known for its access to the arts, music, and theater. The national food press – including publications GourmetFood & Wine and Esquire – has heaped praise on several Cleveland spots including “best new restaurant,” “best steakhouse,” “best farm-to-table programs,” and “great new neighborhood eateries.” In 2008, the Chicago Tribune ran a feature article in its “Travel” section proclaiming Cleveland as America’s “hot new dining city.” Many of these great restaurants are in short walking distance from campus. Shuttles are also available for campus transport. More information on University circle can be found here

2020 SPPI Lodging
The Glidden House, 1901 Ford Drive, Boulevard, Cleveland, OH, 44106, 216-658-9107,, is the designated hotel at a rate of $165 a night plus taxes and fees. More information will be provided upon registration. The Glidden House is on the National Register of Historic places, and was originally commissioned in 1910, as the private family residence of Frank and Mary Glidden, of the Glidden Paint Company. It maintains most of its historic features including the library, parlor, and loggia. Breakfast is served in these spaces now, and they have the same meaningful symbols and historic charm as they once did. Frank was an avid reader and the custom bookcases in the library symbolize the mantra “Knowledge over time.”

2020 SPPI Registration Fee
Register Here!
Member - $2500
NonMember - $2950
Includes course materials and group meals

Past SPPI faculty include:

  • Dr. Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh, VP for Equity and Inclusion and Vice-President of Equity and Inclusion, University of Oregon
  • Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barcelo, Past President, Northern New Mexico College
  • Dr. Ed Bertschinger, Professor of Physics, MIT
  • Dr. Mitchell Chang, Professor of Higher Education and Organizational Change and Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Dr. Archie Ervin, Vice President, Institute Diversity, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Paulette Granberry Russell, Senior Advisor to the President for Diversity, Michigan State University
  • Dr. A.T. Miller, First Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Central Michigan University
  • Dr. Mathew Ouellett, Cornell University Center for Teaching Innovation
  • Dr. Benjamin D. Reese, Jr., Vice President, Institutional Equity, Duke University
  • Dr. Debbie M. Seeberger, Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion (Retired), Towson University
  • Dr. Daryl Smith, Senior Research Fellow and Professor Emerita of Education and Psychology, Claremont Graduate University
  • Dr. Christine Stanley, Vice President and Associate Provost Emerita, Texas A & M University
  • Dr. Clyde Wilson Pickett, Chief Diversity Officer, Minnesota State 
  • Dr. Roger L. Worthington, Executive Director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education, University of Maryland, College Park


For more information, contact NADOHE at [email protected]