2021 Annual Meeting & Advocacy Day

February 8-10, 2021
Virtual Meeting

2020 was a year unlike any other in recent history: a global pandemic, social unrest across the country, and an historic presidential election that has altered the political landscape in Washington.  As 2021 begins, legislative priorities and regulatory policies are shifting with significant implications for private colleges and universities.  In addition to new pandemic financial relief, changes to the FASFA, Pell Grant program expansion, Title IX revisions, and potential further revision of tax policy are among the many issues likely to see action in the coming months.

As a leader in private, nonprofit higher education, it is important to be up to date on these and other issues critical to private, nonprofit higher education and that your elected officials hear your voice as priorities are being set and legislation enacted.  You need to attend NAICU's 2021 Annual Meeting & Advocacy Day.
For these reasons, we are organizing our agenda under the theme of Your Voice, Your Future. Our schedule of events will offer the opportunity to hear ideas and strategies about advancing a positive policy agenda that benefits our students and families as the priorities of the new Biden Administration and the 117th Congress come into view.  Among the featured sessions:


Conversation with Ken Burns:  One of the nation’s preeminent documentary filmmakers, Ken Burns has chronicled touchstone events in America’s history for more than 40 years. Join us for an intimate discussion where Burns will offer his unique perspective on the impact education, race and equality have had as major themes in U.S. history.


Banding Together: A Conversation with Former FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, M.D.
Hear two medical experts share their views on lessons learned about COVID-19, including effective testing and vaccinations practices, and what role private, nonprofit colleges and universities can play in navigating the pandemic’s interim phase. Join Margaret Hamburg, M.D., former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Paula Johnson, M.D., President of Wellesley College (MA), and for a fast moving conversation.


Our Voices, Our Campuses: Enhancing Diversity and Inclusion in Private Non Profit Higher Education:  Learn how the national reckoning over diversity, equity and inclusion intersected with academic life on private, nonprofit college and university campuses. Wiley College President Herman J. Felton, Jr., Ph.D. will lead a discussion featuring Cynthia Pickett, Ph.D., Associate Provost of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Associate Professor, Psychology, DePaul University (IL) and Stetson University President Christopher F. Roellke, Ph.D.


Private, Nonprofit Higher Education and the Public Good:  Through the use of primary and secondary data and regional case studies, NAICU has documented the economic, cultural and social value of the independent sector on local communities and the nation. Hear a discussion of the report’s findings and join a discussion on the implications and next steps.

This year’s virtual format includes two engaging and dynamic platforms.
Pathable is a powerful virtual event platform designed to ensure a successful experience for attendees and speakers.  Soapbox is a cutting edge virtual advocacy platform which NAICU will use to schedule virtual Capitol Hill meetings. Attendees will join with other private, nonprofit colleagues in virtual meetings with your own senators and representatives. Each state delegation has a state leader, designated by NAICU, who will help facilitate these meetings for you. If you already belong to a state independent colleges association, this will typically be your state executive.  
Join us, virtually, in Washington, DC to listen, learn, engage, and, importantly, make your voice heard. Register today!

NAICU thanks the following sponsors for their support of the 
2021 Annual Meeting & Advocacy Day: 

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