2021 Equity & Excellence

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Hope to see you Austin in July!
(or online if you can't travel)
AHEAD’s 2021 International Conference:
Equity and Excellence: Access in Higher Education
JW Marriott Austin, Austin, Texas
July 19-23, 2021
(Virtual follow-up July 28-30, 2021)

We miss you! After more than a year of physical separation, we’re excited to be planning an in-person professional development and networking event in Austin in July. AHEAD and the JW are committed to a safe conference experience and will implement a variety of cleanliness and distancing protocols, which we will share in detail as the conference gets closer. For now, we wanted to provide some information that may be useful in your planning.

Attendance at the Austin conference will be limited to approximately 400 attendees to allow for distanced seating and a safe experience. AND, for those of you who won't be able to travel, we're also planning an online follow-up conference for the week of July 26th, with many of the presentations repeated in a virtual format.  

Look for full conference information and registration to open in mid-March.

Registration Fees for Austin

Registration Date AHEAD Members Non-Members
Before May 1, 2021 $695 $870
Between May 2 & June 1, 2021 $795 $995
After June 20, 2021 $895 $1120

  • Daily registration (regardless of member status or timing): $325/day 
  • Full-time students and emeritus members always register for the low price of $325
Preconference registration (Monday & Tuesday, July 19 & 20)
  • Before May 15:  1-day sessions: $249; 2-day sessions: $395
  • After May 15: 1-day sessions: $ 279; 2-day sessions: $445

Virtual Conference Registration Fees

Virtual Registration Date AHEAD Members Non-Members
Before June 15, 2021 $350 $450
On or After June 15, 2021 $450 $550

  • Rates are based on single registration.
  • There is a 10% discount on registration of 10 or more people from one institution.
All in-person conference registrants will receive automatic registration for the virtual conference.
The virtual conference will not include any preconference offerings.
The virtual conference will be a repeat of select sessions from the in-person conference

Host Hotel and Conference Location

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All activities associated with the 2021 Equity & Excellence AHEAD Conference will be housed at the JW Austin, Austin, Texas.  AHEAD’s group room rate will be $229.00+tax for single or double occupancy. The rate includes complimentary in-room high speed internet service and the resort fee. The room block will open for reservations in mid-March 2021. To secure this rate, reservations must be made by Friday, June 25th, 2021.

Conference Update

All conference presenters have been invited, and most are indicating their ability to attend, meaning we’re looking forward to a dynamic, informative program that will include COVID-related sessions, the annual legal and OCR updates and research panels, as well as a variety of one and two-day preconference programs. We’re planning for over 100 professional presentations!

Join the 2021 Conference Community discussion lists to stay up-to-date with the most recent developments and connect with colleagues planning to attend. If you have questions, contact Carol Funckes.