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2018 CDE Annual Meeting: Marquette University


On behalf of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and University’s Conference on Diversity and Equity (CDE) and Marquette University, I would like to extend an invitation to the 37th Annual Meeting. Since October of 1981, CDE has amassed the talent, skills and abilities of agents of change from the “great 28” in order to prepare our professionals to better serve our students. CDE is the only professional body dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion within the Jesuit context.

“The Problem or The Solution: Examining Our Systems to Better Serve Our Students” is our guiding theme for the Annual Meeting and we look forward to your physical and mental engagement at all levels. The beautiful campus of Marquette University which is planted in downtown Milwaukee just off Lake Michigan is excited to have you.

In addition to the phenomenal workshops to be presented, there will be social events and personal time to dialogue with colleagues as well as explore “Brew City.” Given our founding members included senior administration, faculty and student affairs officers, we continue this tradition today which allows the interdisciplinary possibilities to be endless

I look forward to greeting you in Milwaukee, WI on or before June 24, 2018. For questions or special needs, contact Marquette University Special Events at or 414.288.7431

DJ Todd, M.Ed
Marquette University
AJCU Conference on Diversity and Equity
Chair 2016-2018

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“The Problem or The Solution:
Examining Our Systems to Better Serve Our Students”

AJCU Conference on Diversity and Equity
Marquette  University 2018
37th Anniversary Annual Meeting
June 24-27, 2018

As agents of the university, we are stewards of the mission. We root our work both intentionally and unintentionally in the culture of the university and its history. As we look to serve our students in more diverse and impactful ways, we must examine if we are part of the problem or the active solution.

What are the historic and contemporary systems that guide our institution, execution of the mission as well as our daily work with and for students? How do I (my department/my division) contribute to the trajectory of the system(s)?

Our Program

Plenary Session I Speaker

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Hailing from Ontario, CA, Danielle is a proud Chicana with familial roots in Mexico City and Guadalajara. Danielle received an M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont where she was an Assistant Residence Director. Danielle attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where she studied Feminist Studies and Black Studies. Danielle is passionate about working with historically disenfranchised students at college campuses and advocating for change. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys salsa dancing, watching Friends and reading. In addition, Danielle currently serves at the Assistant Director in the Office of Multicultural Learning at Santa Clara University and has served two successful years on the CDE executive team as the Regional Representative for the Western Region.

Plenary Session II Speaker

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Stephanie Russel, Ed.D – AJCU Vice President for Mission Integration

Plenary Session II – June 26th, 2018, 9:00am – 10:15am / Location: AMU Monaghan Ballrooms, 3rd Floor

Stephanie Russell, Ed.D. serves as the vice president for Mission Integration for the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Her duties include designing and implementing programs to help Jesuit colleges and universities enhance their mission effectiveness, and supporting linkages among the schools in the Jesuit higher education network.

Prior to her work with the AJCU, Dr. Russell was the vice president for Mission and Ministry at Marquette University for 15 years. She has worked in Jesuit ministries for more than 30 years, including 11 years as the provincial assistant for lay formation and social ministry with the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus. She is a co-creator of the Ignatian Colleagues Program, a comprehensive developmental program for faculty and administrators in Jesuit colleges and universities, and other formation programs. She regularly directs retreats, writes, and speaks on Ignatian topics.

Dr. Russell maintains in her work a strong focus on Catholic social teaching and intellectual tradition. She earned a master of arts in pastoral studies from St. Francis Seminary in Wisconsin, and a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, and has received honorary doctorates from Spring Hill College and Gonzaga University.

Banquet Speaker


Adana J. Johnson-Evans, Ph.D. – Associate Professor – Psychology Department, Director – African and African American Studies, and Clinical Supervisor – Child Track – Loyola Clinical Centers at Loyola University Maryland

AJCU CDE Banquet –  June 26th, 2018, 6:30pm – 10:00pm / Location: AMU Monaghan Ballrooms, 3rd Floor

Dr. Adanna J. Johnson-Evans is a proud HBCU graduate of Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas; where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling with a Community Emphasis and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Marquette University.

She most recently was named Senior Associate Dean of Students and Director for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success at Georgetown University in Washington, D. C. Prior to her new position, she served as a faculty member at Loyola University Maryland. At Loyola, she was an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department and Director for the African and African American Studies Program. Her research focus includes recruitment and retention of underrepresented persons in academia, as both students and faculty, cultural issues in clinical supervision, and the healing nature of traditional African cultural arts for psychosocial problems.

Acknowledgments of her work include being named Mentor of the Year by the Maryland Psychological Association of Graduate Students (2015); receiving a certificate of appreciation from the city of Baltimore for her community healing work following the Baltimore Uprisings from then Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake at the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington, D.C (2016); and being recognized by the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology with their Ethnic and Racial Diversity Individual Award.

Dr. Johnson-Evans has a passion for family and community; she is married to international singer-songwriter Marc Avon Evans with whom she has a precocious 4-year-old son, Ayinde. She is a certified Nia dance instructor, enjoys doing improvisational and stand-up comedy, and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Detailed Agenda
Sunday, June 24th, 2018
Time Program Location(s)
8:00am – 11:00am Executive Board Meeting AMU-Henkle Lounge (2nd Floor)
12:00pm – 5:00pm Registration/Lodging/Check-In Humphrey Hall Lobby (1716 Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53233)
5:30pm – 7:00pm South Africa Opening Reception

Sponsored by the MU Office of International Education

Alumni Memorial Union-Henke Lounge (2nd Floor)
7:00pm – 9:00pm Dinner (on your own) Options/Maps Provided
9:00pm – 12:00am Hospitality Suite Humphrey Hall 2nd floor (3rd Level)
Monday, June 25th, 2018
Time Program Location(s)
7:15 AM Registration/Check-In Lynch Lounge, AMU 3rd Floor
7:30am – 8:50am Breakfast (Optional) AMU Monaghan Ballrooms, 3rd Foor
8:00am-8:50am New Folks Orientation AMU 157 (First Floor)
9:00am-10:15am Plenary Session I  AMU Monaghan Ballrooms, 3rd Floor
10:30am-11:45am Concurrent Session I AMU 227 – “From Research to Implementation: How the African American Scholars Project paved the way for the Black Achievement, Success and Engagement (BASE) program at University of San Francisco”

AMU 252 – “Diversity on Jesuit Higher Education Websites”

AMU 254 – The race to address bias, intimidation and gaslighting on a jesuit catholic campus”

12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch (Group Picture) AMU Monaghan Ballrooms, 3rd Floor/Picture will be taken on the south side of AMU
1:45pm-3:00pm Concurrent Session II AMU 227 – “(Re)building Routes: How a Catholic Jesuit University is Finding its Way Back to American Indian Communities”

AMU 252 – “Working on the Edge of the ‘Sunken’ Place”

AMU 254 – “Supporting Diversity Officers By Recognizing Diversity Work as Pastoral Practice”

Reflect and Connect Stations Lynch Lounge, AMU 3rd Floor
3:15pm-4:15pm Regional Meetings Western Ballroom E, Midwestern AMU 227, Northeastern AMU 252, Southeastern AMU 254
5:30pm-8:00pm Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs University Reception Milwaukee Cruise Line (205 W. Highland Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53203) Transportation from MU Provided/Ambassador guests may take the hotel shuttle.
8:00pm – 9:00pm Dinner (on your own) Options/Maps Provided
9:00pm-12:00am CDE Hospitality Suite  Evolution Milwaukee
1023 N Old World 3rd Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202
Tuesday, June 26th, 2018
Time Program Location(s)
7:30am-8:45am Breakfast (optional) AMU Monaghan Ballrooms, 3rd Floor
9:00am-10:15am Plenary Session II with Stephanie Russell, Ed.D.-AJCU Vice President for Mission Integration AMU Monaghan Ballrooms, 3rd Floor
Reflect and Connect Stations (Refreshments Provided) Lynch Lounge, AMU 3rd Floor
10:30am-11:50am CDE Business Meeting and Elections AMU Ballroom B
12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch/Functional Area Dialogues AMU Monaghan Ballrooms, 3rd Floor
1:45pm-3:00pm Concurrent Sessions III AMU 227 – “The same, yet different: Supporting the transition from high school to college for first generation, low-income students”

AMU 252 – “Fostering Inclusive Teaching: a Systemic Approach to Develop Faculty Competencies”

AMU 254 – “The role of social media in today’s search and screen committee process and its impact on inclusive hiring practices”

3:00pm-6:00pm Free Time On your own
3:15pm-4:15pm Transition Meeting for Old and Newly Elected Board Members Henke Lounge, AMU 2nd Floor
6:30pm-10:00pm AJCU CDE Banquet featuring Adanna J. Johnson-Evans, PhD. AMU Monaghan Ballrooms, 3rd Floor
10:00pm – 12:00am Hospitality Suite Humphrey Hall 2nd floor (3rd Level)
*IF Necessary*
Wednesday, June 27th, 2018
Time Program Location(s)
8:00am – 11:00am Breakfast/Check-Out Humphrey Hall Lobby

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Registration Costs

Early Registration Standard Registration
General Registration $325 $375
Accepted Presenters $300 $300
Marquette Faculty/Staff $150 $200
Graduate Students $50 $100
Closing Ceremony Only* $25

*Please note the reception on Monday evening is scheduled to be on a Lake Michigan Cruise Boat, so please plan accordingly and the closing banquet is a “dress to impress/formal” event. Please be cognizant of the registration deadlines. For questions or special needs, contact Marquette University Special Events at or (414) 288-7431.

Early Registration closes at 11:59pm April 30th, 2018
Standard Registration closes at 11:59pm June 18th, 2018

Registration Details

Dietary options: vegan, vegetarian, allergy considerations
ADA accommodations available

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On-Campus Lodging

*Please complete this PDF form, CDE 18 – Lodging, and email it to or fax it to 414-288-4253* Note: We have updated the lodging form above. An update has been made regarding the cost and access to parking. Parking is available for $10 overnight at the 16th Street Parking Structure at 749 North 16th Street on Marquette University’s campus. Please indicate your parking pass needs when completing your conference registration.

Humphrey Hall
1716 West Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Suite Style: Two rooms with a common area and private bathroom. Single occupancy rooms are available.

$74.50/night for double occupancy
$94.00/night for single occupancy

Room details:
ADA accommodations available
Complimentary WiFi in Residence Halls
Request a Microfridge in your room for $75 total

Off-Campus Lodging

The Ambassador Hotel
2308 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Tel (414) 345-5000
Toll-free 888-322-DECO (3326)
Fax: (414) 345-5009

$114/night while rooms last

View the Ambassador Hotel Amenities
Parking and WiFi are complimentary
*Reservations should be made by May 24th
Mention “MU-AJCU Conference on Diversity and Equity” for conference rates

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For questions about On-Campus Housing at Humphrey Hall, contact DJ Todd at

For all other questions or special needs, contact University Special Events at or 414.288.7431.

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