CHAS Inclusive Leadership Symposium

March 26-27, 2020
hosted by
Vassar College
Poughkeepsie NY

Over the past two decades, CHAS has partnered with fifty higher education institutions working to build more inclusive campuses that cultivate the success of students from underrepresented backgrounds.

Student success relies on the important work of faculty and staff in a wide array of support roles across campus. Institutional transformation thus requires academic and administrative leaders to acknowledge and address the assets, needs and growth opportunities of these employees.

Inclusive leadership offers an approach to leveraging the diverse talents, experiences and perspectives of all team members, building positive work cultures, and supporting employees in advancing their own understandings of diversity and best practices for inclusion and equity. Such an approach strategically positions colleges to attract and retain diverse and uniquely qualified faculty and staff, thereby strengthening both teaching and administration.

This professional development symposium will feature a keynote address (TBA), highlight existing inclusive leadership and professional development initiatives at multiple member institutions, and offer opportunities for networking and sharing of information and best practices. We invite academic and administrative leaders from all sectors of your institution to attend, as we collectively strive to positively impact communities within and beyond our campuses.


A block of rooms has been reserved for March 26-27 at the Homewood Suites by Hilton. Please mention CHAS/VASSAR to make a reservation at the group rate of $119/night (plus tax) before the cut-off date of February 28.

The hotel is situated south of downtown Poughkeepsie and is located less than a ten-minute drive away from the Vassar’s campus:

Homewood Suites by Hilton Poughkeepsie
900 Thomas Watson Dr
Poughkeepsie NY 12601

Vassar’s website offers a campus and local area visitor’s guide. While you’re in Poughkeepsie, be sure to check out Walkway Over the Hudson, the world’s longest elevated pedestrian bridge, which connects Poughkeepsie and Highland and offers spectacularly scenic views of the region! If you are interested in staying a second night to visit other nearby Hudson Valley attractions, there are a limited number of rooms available at the group rate.