American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity Announces The 42nd National Conference and Annual Meeting

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Leaders of Federal agencies, Congressional Icons and Thought Leaders Are Featured at the Conference of Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Affirmative Action Professionals

“We have assembled an outstanding group of individuals to discuss issues ranging from equal pay, compliance and Title IX /sexual assaults, to topical issues including race, identity, culture and “Black Lives Matter.”

The American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED), an organization of equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action professionals, announced its 42nd National Conference and Annual Meeting themed "Bridging the Opportunity Gap: Business, Education and Government." The conference will take place on June 8 – 10, 2016, with two days of pre-conference workshops preceding. AAAED will also hold an Awards Reception on Capitol Hill on Thursday, June 9th. The AAAED 42nd National Conference and Annual meeting is open to the press.

The annual meeting will be held at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel, 8661 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, Virginia. The awards reception will take place on Capitol Hill, Thursday, June 9th in Room B-338 of the Rayburn House Office Building, from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. "We are pleased to meet once again to discuss issues related to the strategies and challenges of promoting access, equity and diversity in the corporate and government sectors and in academic institutions,” said AAAED President Marshall Rose. “We have assembled an outstanding group of individuals to discuss issues ranging from equal pay, compliance and Title IX /sexual assaults, to topical issues including race, identity, culture and “Black Lives Matter,” added Rosemary Cox, AAAED Conference Chair.

Among the agency representatives speaking at the conference are EEOC Chair Jenny Yang, EEOC General Counsel David Lopez, and OFCCP/DOL Chief of Staff Claudia Gordon. Industry representatives include Nikki Alphonse of Northrup Grumman and Malika Saada Saar of Google. Thought leaders and activists include AAAED Distinguished Scholar William B. Harvey, Dr. Tuajuanda C. Jordan, President, St. Mary's College of Maryland; and Breana Ross, Vice President, United States Student Association. Civil rights activist and Professor Rachel Dolezal will speak about “Race, Culture and Identity” on June 8th.

Among the rich assemblage of pre-conference workshops is an eight hour training on Title IX, a refresher course for Federal EEO investigators and counselors, an intensive course for experienced Affirmative action practitioners, and a workshop on the Supreme Court’s review of the Fisher affirmative action case. A New Professionals Academy will also be offered for those entering the EEO/AA profession. During the conference there are fifteen workshops on issues ranging from “LGBTQ – Treating Everyone Equally,” to “Unconscious Bias in the Workplace.” Diversity leaders in private industry will discuss “Building a Strategic Approach to Compliance Including Proactive Outreach and Linkages.”

On Capitol Hill, AAAED will honor congressional icons Representatives G.K. Butterfield, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus; James Clyburn (D-SC); and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) as well as other outstanding leaders and companies in EEO, diversity and affirmative action. Dr. Walter J. Leonard, the architect of the Harvard diversity plan, will receive an honorary Arthur A. Fletcher Lifetime Achievement Award, posthumously. Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, will be the recipient of the Cesar Estrada Chavez Award. Northrup Grumman will be honored with the Roosevelt Thomas Champion of Diversity Award and Wright State University will be given the Edward M. Kennedy Community Service Award.

For more information, visit the AAAED conference website at Visit for more information about the association.

Founded in 1974 as the American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA), AAAED is a national not-for-profit association of professionals working in the areas of equal opportunity, compliance and diversity. AAAED has more than 40 years of leadership in providing professional training to members, enabling them to be more successful and productive in their careers. It also promotes understanding and advocacy of affirmative action and other equal opportunity laws to enhance the tenets of access, inclusion and equality in employment, economic and educational opportunities.

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