2019 Equity & Excellence

logo for AHEAD's annual conference Equity & Excellence in Education
Tuesday, July 9 - Saturday 13, 2019
Boston, Massachusetts

Equity & Excellence: Access in Higher Education, AHEAD's 42nd annual, international conference will draw approximately 1,500 participants from around the world for a week of extraordinary professional development and networking. Presenters and participants come from diverse fields, including education, technology, law, scholarship, and government. Join us in Boston! OR, if you cannot make it to Boston: the conference Opening Plenary address and 20 concurrent sessions will be streamed live during the week. 

Program Committee received over 175 proposals for review prior to the October 31 deadline. We are excited by their quality and breadth and look forward to the excellent final program that conference planners will be able to develop as a result. Look for full program information and registration details in mid-March. 


Host Hotel: Westin Boston Waterfront

image of Westin Boston Waterfront in Boston, MA where the 2019 AHEAD annual conference will be held
Host Hotel: Westin Boston Waterfront

  •  Single or Double room rate:  $205.00 plus taxes
  • Additional guests: $20.00 each

Conference Schedule

Tuesday, July 9, 2019
9:00-5:00- Preconference presentations
One and two-day options

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
9:00-5:30- Preconference presentations
One and half-day options

Thursday, July 11
7:30-8:45- First-timers’ Welcome Breakfast
9:00-10:30- Opening Plenary Presentation
10:30-11:00- Break
11:00-12:30- Concurrent Block 1
12:30-2:00- Lunch on your own
2:00-3:00- Concurrent Block 2
3:00-3:30- Break
3:30-5:00- Concurrent Block 3
5:00-7:00- Exhibit Hall Grand Opening & President’s Reception

Friday, July 12
8:00-8:45- AHEAD Talks
9:00-11:00- Poster Session 1 & Exhibit Hall Open
11:30-12:30- Concurrent Block 4
12:30-2:00- Lunch on your own
2:00-3:00- Concurrent Block 5
3:00-4:00- Extended Break; Exhibit Hall Open
4:00-6:00- Featured Concurrent Block A
6:00-7:00- REDD SIG Reception

Saturday, July 13
8:00-8:45- AHEAD Talks
9:00-10:00- Concurrent Block 6
10:00-11:30- Poster Session 2
11:30-12:30- Concurrent Block 7
12:30-2:00- Lunch on your own
2:00-3:00- Concurrent Block 8
3:00-3:30- Break
3:30-5:00- Featured Concurrent Block B
6:30-9:00- Awards Banquet

Conference Pricing


Conference Registration
Member: on or before May 1, 2019 $695.00
Member: May 2 - June 1, 2019 $795.00
Member: after June 1, 2019 $895.00
NON-Member: on or before May 1, 2019 $850.00
NON-Member: May 2-June 1, 2019 $950.00
NON-Member after June 2, 2019 $1,050.00
Student & Emeritus $325
Daily Registration (per day) $325
Preconference Registration
Half-Day Preconference  $149.00
One-Day Preconference $249.00
Two-Day Preconference $395.00

Volunteer Opportunities 

If you are interested in helping to program the conference, please complete this survey  to get involved.

Opportunities include: 
  • Mentoring a newer presenter. Proposers will be asked if they'd like to work with a seasoned presenter in preparing their presentation. We will match those requests with volunteer mentors. Time commitment is expected to be no more than 10 hours in throughout the spring.
  • Coaching AHEAD Talks speakers. AHEAD Talks are similar to TED Talks. Coaches assist these speakers to streamline and polish these 15-20 minute talks. Time commitment will be up to 10 hours between March and July. 
  • Serving as a Concurrent Session Moderator
  • Helping Onsite During the Conference, including assisting at registration, with the Silent Auction, etc.