Annual Meeting Opening Plenary to Address Challenges Facing Higher Education in a Diverse World


April 2017

Session Immediately Followed by AERA Fiesta!

The 2017 Annual Meeting will formally kick off with an engaging event featuring three college leaders exploring the premises and purposes of higher education during these challenging times.

A panel of three higher education leaders—Cynthia Teniente-Matson, president, Texas A&M University San Antonio; Michael A. Olivas, interim president, University of Houston; and Jonathan D. Jansen, former vice-chancellor, University of the Free State in South Africa—will address the many challenges and complexities facing higher education in a world that is increasingly divided by racial, social, and political tensions. The session will be moderated by Katherine Mangan, senior writer at the Chronicle of Higher Education.

“On campuses across the United States and worldwide, there are growing concerns about equity, justice, and civility that reflect broader societal tensions,” said AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine. “Immigration, DACA, racial equality, and tolerance for others are just some of the issues roiling campuses and the larger world. This special session will delve into these important issues.” 

Immediately following the plenary, registered meeting attendees and special invited guests are invited to stay for AERA Fiesta!, a celebratory party welcoming all to San Antonio. 

Session Details
Thursday, April 27, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Ballroom Level, Stars at Night Ballroom 1
Session Hashtag: #AERAOpening

Chair: Vivian L. Gadsden, Penn Graduate School of Education
Moderator: Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Participants: Jonathan Jansen, University of the Free State, Cynthia Teniente-Matson, Texas A&M University San Antonio, Michael J. Olivas, University of Houston

Link to Session