A signature AAC&U initiative, Making Excellence Inclusive is designed to explore how colleges and universities can fully utilize the resources of diversity to achieve academic excellence for all students.

The annual RISE conference provides faculty and staff the strategies and tools to support students' academic success. The conference is also designed to raise awareness of the diverse challenges our students face, whether as members of underrepresented groups, as first-generation college students, as non-traditionally aged students, or as students with disabilities. We welcome presentations on issues concerning inclusion, diversity, equity, trauma informed methods, the impacts of the pandemic on all aspects of education, the intersectionality of any of the aforementioned, and other topics that pertain to the theme. We also welcome presentations that engage with Illinois’ new Culturally Responsive Teaching standards.

Sessions will be presented synchronously; presentations may be live or pre-recorded with live Q&A/discussion at the end.

Our Fall 2021 conference will be VIRTUAL. Our keynote address and individual sessions will be offered in a virtual meeting format.

Browse the contents of Together We RISE 2021:

Lunch & Conversations with Dr. aretha marbley
Keynote speaker: Dr. Teresa Maria Linda Scholz
Track 1: Instructional Practices and Programming
Track 2: Higher Education
Track 3: Self Awareness & Personal Development
Track 4: Mental Health
Track 5: Culturally Responsive Teaching & Learning (K-12)