Xavier is hosting the 30th Anniversary Conference on Multicultural Affairs sponsored each year by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Robert Clay, director of Xavier’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, is serving as vice chair of the conference, which is titled “Bridging Borders Through Solidarity.”
The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities established the Conference on Multicultural Affairs to provide a forum for professionals and students from Jesuit universities and colleges across the United States to share information relative to students of color. This is the first time that Xavier has hosted the conference, which takes place on the Xavier campus June 15-17.
The purpose of the conference has remained consistent over its 30 years:
• Ensuring the access of African American, Asian, Hispanic and Native American students to Jesuit higher education.
• Providing an awareness of problems faced by those students and developing strategies to overcome the problems.
• Developing mechanisms by which ideas and information can be disseminated among Jesuit institutions.
• Promoting multicultural participation in planning, policy formulation and policy implementation within Jesuit institutions.
• Enhancing the quality of the educational experience for all students attending Jesuit institutions.
The conference is hosted annually on the campus of one of the 28 AJCU member institutions. It brings together colleagues from all areas to discuss issues significantly impacting the education of students of color in Jesuit institutions of higher education. The conference assists Jesuit institutions in identifying issues of most immediate concern to their constituencies and in developing strategies to effectively address them.
Since its establishment in 1981, the conference has expanded to discuss current trends and multiple identities of students of color as well as issues such as social justice, affirmative action, multicultural leadership and academic excellence of diverse populations.
Each year during the conference, student scholarship is recognized through the awarding of the Bill Davis Scholarship Award. Best practices are acknowledged through the Distinguished Programs Awards. For more information about the conference, or to register, please visit the conference website managed by Xavier’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.