The mission of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) is to support and promote U.S. Jesuit higher education by facilitating cooperative efforts among and providing services to its 27 member institutions, providing a forum for the exchange of experience and information, and representing the work of U.S. Jesuit higher education at the national and international levels. With these ideals in mind, the AJCU’s Conference on Multicultural Affairs was established in 1981 in order to provide a forum for diversity/multicultural affairs professionals and students from Jesuit universities and colleges across the United States to share information relative to students of color at Jesuit institutions. Since its inaugural meeting in 1982 at Loyola University, Chicago, the CMA has convened every year on the third weekend in June to discuss a variety of issues that affect these students, from social justice and affirmative action to multicultural leadership and pursuing academic excellence amid challenges.
Lily Adams-Dudly, Canisius College
Angeles Eames, Loyola University of Chicago
Ines Gomez, Santa Clara University
Samuel Harvey, Jr., Georgetown University
George Lowery, Marquette University
EuGene Marshall, Loyola College in Maryland
Ogretta McNeil, College of the Holy Cross
William Reid, III, Saint Peter’s College
Carl Thomas, LeMoyne College
CMA/CDE Past Chairs
1981 – 1983 Samuel Harvey, Jr. – Georgetown University
1983 – 1984 William Reed, III – Saint Peter’s College
1984 – 1985 Edith Jones – Loyola University of New Orleans
1985 – 1986 Carl Thomas – LeMoyne College
1986 – 1987 EuGene Marshall – Loyola College in Maryland
1987 – 1988 Linda Patton – Saint Louis University
1988 – 1989 Michael Phillip – University of Detroit–Mercy
1989 – 1990 Angeles Eames – Loyola University of Chicago
1990 – 1991 Larri Mazon – Fairfield University
1991 – 1992 Donald Brown – Boston University
1992 – 1994 Jorge Ramirez – Seattle University
1994 – 1996 EuGene Marshall – Loyola College in Maryland
1996 – 1998 Dan Bunch – Boston College
1998 – 2000 Jacqueline Starks – Saint Joseph’s University
2000 – 2002 Marshall Sauceda – Loyola Marymount University
2002 – 2004 Donette Alonzo – Rockhurst University
2004 – 2006 Sheilah Shaw Horton – Boston College
2006 – 2008 Ricardo Ariza – Creighton University
2008—2010 Xavier Cole – Loyola University Maryland
2010 – 2014 Mable Millner – College of the Holy Cross
2014 – 2016 Rodney Parker – Loyola University Maryland
2016 – 2018 D.J. Todd – Marquette University
CDE is hosted annually on the campus of an AJCU member institution. The summer conference brings together colleagues of all areas of campus to discuss the broad range of issues that significantly impact the education of students of color in Jesuit institutions of higher education. In so doing, we endeavor to assist Jesuit institutions to identify those issues that are of the most immediate concern to their constituencies and develop strategies to effectively address those issues.
Responding to the Jesuit call to stand in solidarity for and with others, the Conference on Diversity and Equity strives to ensure access and success of underrepresented students, provide professional guidance, and educate on diversity, social justice and equity.
AJCU CDE will be recognized as a leader in generating and promoting best practices regarding diversity and equity in higher education by actualizing magis to meet the challenges/demands/needs of an ever-evolving learning environment.
The CDE is composed of four regions: Northeastern, Southwestern, Midwestern, and Western. Each region has a representative, and each Jesuit college or university in the respective region has a campus representative.
CDE Structure & Board
The CDE Executive Board consists of a chair, vice chair and parliamentarian, secretary, treasurer, information officer, regional representatives, archivist, historian emeritus, and board advisors. The annual meeting site coordinator also attends all board meetings. Within the framework of its organizational structure, the CDE establishes ad-hoc subcommittees which normally are short-termed in duration.