2020 Equity & Excellence

logo for AHEAD's annual conference Equity & Excellence in Education

Monday, July 20 – Friday, July 24, 2020
JW Marriott Desert Springs
Palm Desert, California

AHEAD is pleased to announce its 43rd annual, international conference, Equity & Excellence: Access in Higher Education! The conference will draw approximately 1,200 participants from around the world for a week of extraordinary professional development and networking. Presenters and participants will come from diverse fields, including education, technology, law, scholarship, and government. Join us in Palm Desert, California

The 2020 Program Committee received approximately 250 proposals for presentation and have designed a well-balanced, comprehensive program. (Please refer to "Concurrent Sessions" listed under Program.)

Can't make it to the Palm Desert? AHEAD’s virtual conference will be announced in May.

Host Hotel: JW Marriott Desert Springs

JW Marriott Desert Springs Palm Desert

President's Welcome

Dear Conference Attendees:

On behalf of the board of directors and staff of AHEAD, I am excited to welcome you to the AHEAD annual conference. I hope that you are able to find sessions that spark your interest, research that makes you think, and people who make you laugh! If this is your first conference, welcome! I hope that you take the opportunity to meet new people and ask questions. I think that you will find that AHEAD members are very approachable. If you are an experienced AHEAD conference attendee, I hope that you find new ways of thinking or doing things and reach out to others in order to make new connections. Whether you are brand new to the field or close to retirement, I truly believe that we all can learn from each other and work together to provide access and equity for students with disabilities on our campuses. Thank you for all you do to promote access!

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Kristie Orr
AHEAD President