2021 AAHHE National Conference | Virtual Event
Sembrando Semillas: (Re)imagining the Contours of Latinx/a/o Communities within Higher Education
February 26 & March 1- 4, 2021, Noon - 5 p.m. ET 

The 2021 AAHHE National Conference marks the 16th year since AAHHE's founding, and as a milestone event, the conference will be held in a virtual format. AAHHE's annual conference signals the relevance and commitment of professionals and organizations to the AAHHE mission and vision of being an agent of change for education access and success for Latinx people.


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Pre-conference workshops, February 26

ETS Latinx Student Success Institute
Policy, Pandemic and Promise: Promoting Latinx Student Success in Urban Communities
Luis Ponjuan, PhD, Chair ETS Latinx Student Success Institute; Edith Fernández, PhD, Co-chair ETS Latinx Student Success Institute; Magdalena Martínez, Assistant Prof., Dept. of Policy and Leadership, College of Urban Affairs, University of Nevada

Community College Institute
How to Lead Community Colleges during Uncertain Times
Linda L. García, ED, Ctr. for Community College Student Engagement, The University of Texas at Austin; Steven R. Gonzalez, PhD, Interim Chancellor, Maricopa Colleges; Patrick L. Valdez, PhD, Chancellor, The University of New Mexico-Taos; Carmen Martínez-López, PhD, Dean School of Business and Professional Careers, Westchester Community College, State University of New York

Latinx Leadership Institute
Leading with Inspiration During the Era of Pandemics
Ana Mari Cauce, PhD, President, University of Washington; Thomas Parham, PhD, President, California State University, Dominguez Hills; Moderator, Patricia Arredondo, EdD, AAHHE Chair

Workshop: “Nuts & Bolts of Writing”
Melissa Martínez, PhD, Associate Professor, Counseling-Leadership-Adult Education & School Improvement, Texas State University


Keynote Speakers

37th Annual Tomás Rivera Lecture, March 1
John King, JD
President and CEO, The Education Trust

Plenary Session – March 2
Ya es Hora! Addressing Colorism in Latinx Higher Education
Hector Y. Adames, PsyD, Professor, Department of Counseling Psychology; Nayeli Y. Chavez-Dueñas, PhD, Professor, Department of Counseling Psychology, The Chicago Professional School of Psychology

5th Annual Cigarroa Family Medical/STEM Lecture, March 3
Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, MD, Chair of Neurosurgery and the William J. and Charles H. Mayo Partnership, Mayo Clinic and Author of “Becoming Dr. Q.: My Journey from Migrant Worker to Brain Surgeon

Plenary Session – March 4
COVID-19: Its Impact on the Latina/o/x community and Academia
Alicia Fernández, MD, Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco; Amelie Ramírez, MPH, DPH, University of Texas Health Center San Antonio; Moderator, Maggie Rivas-Rodríguez, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Journalism, University of Texas-Austin