2021 AHEAD Planning Resources

Thank you planning to attend AHEAD’s Equity & Excellence: Access in Higher Education conference in Austin. We know that professional travel can be difficult at any time and that the pandemic may have complicated it for you this year. However, we also know that there is nothing like being together as a community! We miss you and are looking forward to being together in the safest way possible. If you haven’t yet, please review the safety and distancing protocol we will implement in Austin. We hope the following planning information will be helpful. Please be in touch if you have other questions.

Justification Letter

We understand that the decision to attend the conference is not 100% yours and that you may need to justify to your administration or budget office why in-person attendance is a value to you as a professional and your institution. To support you in that process, we’ve drafted a sample letter of justification (Word Download), complete with < fill brackets in > you can customize based on your interests and unique situation.

Local Resources

As of April 19, 2021 – Travis County requires that masks are worn.

COVID-19 – Updated information:


Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas

1500 Red River St.
Austin, Texas 78701

Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin

1201 West 38th St
Austin, Texas 78705

Nearby Pharmacies:

500 Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701

3701 Guadalupe St
Austin, Texas 78705


Wheelchair Repair/Rental & Medical Equipment:

Kerring Group Home Medical Equipment 
Austin (512) 377-6153
Toll Free (512) 377-6153
4000 Medical Parkway, Austin TX

Things to Do in Austin:

2021 Conference App

With the Conference App, you can access handouts, review the Conference schedule, complete session evaluations, receive notification of last minute changes, and more! 

  • iPhone and iPad users should search in the App Store for "AHEAD Conference"
  • Android users should search in Google Play for "AHEAD Conference"

International Traveler?

AHEAD welcomes colleagues from across the globe. If you need a letter of invitation, please let us know by emailing profdev@ahead.org. You may find the resources at U.S. Visa information for International Attendees also useful.