Annual ALAHEDO Conference

The Alabama Association of Higher Education Diversity Officers hosts an annual ALAHEDO conference, in partnership with ALAHEDO member institutions. The goal of the comprehensive diversity conference is to build and further a vibrant diversity best practices and research community by bringing together interested practitioners and researchers who have responsibility or interest in the broad field of diversity. The conference provides a mix of oral presentations, posters, and panel discussions that stimulate new research and provide ideas for effective, practical, and sustainable implementation of diversity best practices.

The statewide conference covers topics that include innovation for inclusive excellence in diversity, equity, and inclusion; the impact of media/social media on DEI advancement efforts; diversity in culture; effective recruitment and retention efforts of minority faculty and staff; policy development for best practices of inclusive excellence; diversity in the classroom and diversity in the workforce.

Fall 2022 Conference Recap

hosted by the University of North Alabama
Theme: Innovation for Inclusive Excellence

Dr. Ainsley Carry

Vice President for Students, The University of British Columbia

Ainsley Carry is a highly respected higher education administrator with more than two decades of experience. He earned his doctorate from the University of Florida and graduate degrees in Business and Law from Auburn University and the University of Southern California, respectively. He served as the Vice President for Students at Auburn University, the University of Southern California and the University of British Columbia. Carry has led major university initiatives in response to sexual violence prevention, strategic planning, and anti-racism.

Carry is the author of “Washington Next? Disputed Monuments, Symbols, and Honorees on Campus.” Hundreds of universities still host and defend campus memorials to slave owners, Confederate soldiers, and Ku Klux Klan leaders. At the same time they purport an interest in equity and inclusion. In Washington Next? Carry analyzes the catalyst for memorial disputes on campus between 2015 and 2020. The analysis reveals important insights for how universities responded and the essential factors to consider. It also uncovers hidden dilemmas in memorial disputes.