I invite you to join us in Jackson, Mississippi for the 2018 MAC Conference on September 30 – October 1, 2018. Tougaloo College is pleased to serve as the host institution, and we have chosen the Hilton Jackson to be the host site. A Welcoming Reception and tour of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, near downtown Jackson, will be held on Sunday, September 30th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The theme for this year’s conference is Diversity and Equity in Higher Education: Answering the Call. This will be a focused one-day conference, centered on the broader dynamics of diversity, equity and inclusion that are imposing new realities for our colleges and universities today with the changing composition of our students. Diversity includes all the ways people differ as reflected in the students who are on our campuses, some of which are invisible differences. With speakers who bring global perspectives and can inform and guide the conversations, we will hear the perspectives of our educational leaders and examine approaches to enable us to reimagine our mission, vision and values. In doing so, we will be positioned to create, nurture and sustain a campus culture that leads to improving student success and better outcomes to support the valuable role our institutions play in helping strengthen Mississippi’s economy and advance America’s democracy.
Approximately 97 years after MAC’s founding in 1921, our colleges and universities stand at the intersections of constancy and change in a rapidly evolving world that is transforming higher education. However, the principles upon which this organization was formed remain relevant:
1) To promote goodwill among colleges and universities;
2) To stimulate academic and professional cooperation;
3) To consider common problems; and
4) To pursue those matters of common interest.
It is in this spirit that we will convene the 2018 MAC Conference. We look forward to you joining us for a stimulating, focused meeting on diversity and equity - no longer just buzzwords but real issues driving change in higher education.