2023 Equity and Excellence Conference

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

Monday, July 17 – Friday, July 21, 2023
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, Oregon

AHEAD is excited to announce its 46th annual conference, Equity & Excellence: Access in Higher Education, as an in-person professional development and networking event. Presenters and participants from diverse fields, including education, technology, law, scholarship, and government, will gather in Portland in July, and we hope to see you there!

Oregon Convention Center

President's Welcome

Katy Washington

by Katy Washington, AHEAD President

On behalf of the AHEAD board of directors and staff, I am excited to welcome you to Portland for the 2023 Equity & Excellence Annual Conference! The conference is the perfect opportunity to learn best practices, make connections with DR professionals from around the world, recharge, and celebrate outstanding contributors to our field. There will be substantial professional development offerings for both new and seasoned professionals, with plenty of opportunity for networking and knowledge building. If this is your first AHEAD conference, welcome! Please take the opportunity to meet and get to know other colleagues in the field. If you have attended past AHEAD conferences, I hope that you find opportunities to catch up with familiar faces, make time to share wisdom with our new professionals, and reignite your “why” you do the work. We appreciate all you do to promote equity and access and your support of AHEAD. 

Registration & Pricing

Registration Date AHEAD Members Non-Members
By May 31, 2023 $695 $870
On or after June 1, 2023 $895 $1120

  • Daily registration (regardless of member status or timing): $325/day  

  • Students enrolled full time and emeritus members always register for the low price of $325. “Full time” includes students who take a reduced course load as an accommodation.

Preconference pricing (Monday and Tuesday, July 17 & 18) 

NOTE: New lower pre-conference pricing this year! 

By May 31:  half-day session: $100; 1-day sessions: $199; 2-day sessions: $395 

On or After June 1:  half-day session: $125, 1-day sessions: $ 250; 2-day sessions: $495 

Requests for refunds can only be provided for cancellations received in writing on or before June 30, 2023. A $125 administrative fee will be charged for cancellations made on or before May 31, 2023. Between June 1 and June 30, 2023, an administrative fee of $195 will be charged. We regret that no refunds can be issued after June 30, 2023 for any reason; however, registration can be transferred to another attendee from the same institution.  If the conference has to be cancelled or postponed, full refunds will be offered regardless of timing. 

  • Rates are based on single registration. 

  • There is a 10% discount on registrations of 10 or more people from one institution. For information on this, contact ahead@ahead.org. 

Register Online

    Hotel Info

     Note for both hotels, please pay close attention to the dates you select online during the reservation process.  You will need to select exact dates for your stay rather than using the prepopulated choices.

    Headquarters Hotel

    The Hyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center

    375 NE Holladay Street, Portland, OR 97232

    The Hyatt Regency Portland is conveniently located across the street from the Oregon Convention Center.  AHEAD has secured a large block of discounted rooms for Conference attendees at this hotel.  The room rate for AHEAD Attendees is: $219.00 + tax per night for single or double occupancy rooms and includes complimentary in-room Internet service.  Reservations must be made by Friday, June 23, 2023 but will likely sell-out prior to that date.  We recommend making your hotel reservations as early as possible.

    Reservations at the Hyatt Regency Portland can be made online or by calling 800-421-1442.

    Alternative Hotel Selection

    The DoubleTree by Hilton Portland

    1000 NE Multnomah Street, Portland, OR 97232

    The DoubleTree by Hilton Portland Hotel is located six city blocks from the Oregon Convention Center.  The approximate pedestrian time between the two is 12 minutes.  There is also an accessible light rail service directly between the hotel and the convention center that travels every four minutes.

    AHEAD has secured a block of discounted rooms for Conference attendees at this hotel as well.  The room rate for AHEAD Attendees is $189.00 + tax per night for rooms with one bed.  There is also a supply of premium double-bedded balcony rooms available at a rate of $209.00 + tax per night.  Both room rates include complimentary in-room Internet service.  Reservations must be made by Friday, June 23, 2023 to take advantage of the discounted AHEAD group room rates.

    Reservations at the DoubleTree by Hilton Portland can be made online or by calling (800) 996-0510 and referring to Group Code:  HED

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