Conference

26th Annual ABCC Conference
The 26th ABCC national conference co-hosted by Louisiana State University featured a variety of sessions, including the ABCC Service Workshop on women culture center directors.

2017 Conference

Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. will co-host the 27th ABCC national conference in November 2-5, 2017. More details are coming soon.

Who Should Attend:

  • Culture Center Directors
  • Culture Center Staff
  • Administrators
  • Professors
  • Chief Diversity Officers
  • Students
  • Staff
  • Surrounding Communities

2016 Conference Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended the 26th national ABCC conference co-hosted by Louisiana State University, October 27-30. A Pre-Conference Professional Development Institute focused on the ABCC framework for culture center accreditation, providing a thorough self-study and peer review system to ensure culture centers meet critical standards in academics and student services. A special plenary session discussed best practices and content strategies to strengthen culture center and related office websites. Conference attendees heard six dynamic keynote speakers and scholars: Louisiana State University Associate Vice President Dr. Mari Fuentes-Martin, Princeton University Professor Dr. Eddie Glaude, Amherst College Assistant Professor Dr. Mary Hicks, African American Review Poetry Editor Tyehimba Jess, College of Charleston Professor Dr. Antonio Tillis and Educational Consultant A.P. Tureaud, Jr.

About the Annual ABCC Conference

As the only national organization dedicated to African American, Latino, Asian American, Native American, Multiculture centers and related offices, we’re proud to offer an annual conference. It's a tradition our association started in 1989 at Knox College. The three-day event co-hosted by one of our institutional members brings together faculty, staff and students from across the country to discuss diversity and identity issues on campus. Attendees benefit from a professional development institute, workshops, plenary sessions and networking opportunities. The conference also features sessions focused on students.

In 2015, the ABCC held its 25th anniversary conference in Boston co-hosted by the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute and Northeastern University. Keynote speakers included Schomburg Center for Black Culture Center Director Dr. Khalil Muhammad, Northeastern University Law Professor Judge Margaret Burnham, University of Massachusetts Boston Chancellor Dr. J. Keith Motley, Third World Press Founder Dr. Haki Madhubuti, Harvard University Law Professor Dr. Lani Guinier and University of Chicago Political Science Professor Dr. Cathy Cohen. A special plenary session featured ACPA Executive Director Dr. Cindi Love, NASPA Senior Director of Educational Programs Tiki Ayiku, NADOHE President Dr. Ben Reese, Jr. and ABCC Founder/Executive Director Dr. Fred Hord.

Past Conference Locations

2016 Louisiana State University
2015 Northeastern University
2014 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2013 Auburn University
2012 Purdue University
2011 Wright State University
2010 University of Maryland-College Park
2009 Cleveland State University
2008 Rutgers University
2007 University of Missouri-Columbia
2006 North Carolina State University/Knox College
2005 University of Kentucky
2004 Indiana University
2003 University of Tennessee
2002 Miami University-Ohio
2001 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2000 Cleveland State University
1999 Vanderbilt University
1998 West Virginia University
1997 University of Maryland-College Park
1996 University of Arkansas-Fayetteville
1995 Knox College
1994 Kent State University
1993 Northeastern University
1991 Ohio State University
1989 Knox College