NACU-hosted webinars bring expert, quality content that helps NACU campuses to become stronger by improving their academic outcomes and business performance.

To commemorate its 25th anniversary year and celebrate its campuses who are dedicated to improving the human condition, NACU will host Champions, a virtual series featuring thought leaders that demonstrate the equity and justice mission of higher education and have improved countless lives through their teaching, scholarship, and leadership. 

For the 2020-21 academic year, Champions will feature three previous Ernest Boyer Award recipients and the 2021 Boyer Award recipient. The speakers will be:

  • September 2020: Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum (2017 Boyer Award)
  • October 2020: Dr. Jose Antonio Bowen (2018 Boyer Award)
  • January 2021: Dr. Freeman Hrabowski (2021 Boyer Award)
  • February 2021: Dr. Cathy Davidson, (2016 Boyer Award)

All Champions webinars, except for the 2021 Boyer Award presentation in January, will be available only to NACU campuses and select invited external guests. Champions webinars (and their registration links) are publicized via the NACU member newsletter and email.

2020-21 Champions Webinar Series

Beverly Daniel Tatum

September 30, 2020

How can campuses create opportunities to have conversations about equity and social justice, especially given the pandemic, heightened awareness of inequity and injustice, and a polarized political climate? How can we capture this moment to effect lasting change? Dr. Ruta Shah-Gordon of Wagner College will moderate this event. Read Dr. Tatum’s bio.

José Antonio Bowen

October 28, 2020

Even when we care deeply about equity and inclusion, we may not be reaching as many students as we think. Diverse students bring diverse and different assumptions about you, your material, themselves and our world. Taking the time to consider inclusion issues (especially, in STEM fields) can make you a better teacher for everyone, and can especially change the experience of under-represented students. Read Dr. Bowen’s bio.

Freeman Hrabowski, III

January 20, 2021

Dr. Hrabowski is the recipient of NACU’s annual Ernest L. Boyer Award in 2021. He has served as president of University of Maryland-Baltimore County since 1992 and is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. He was named by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He also chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads (2011). His 2013 TED talk highlights the “Four Pillars of College Success in Science.”

Cathy Davidson

February 24, 2021

Cathy N. Davidson is Distinguished Professor of English and in the MA in Digital Humanities
and MS in Data Analysis and Visualization at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is founding
director of the Futures Initiative, a program dedicated to advancing equity and innovation in
higher education. Davidson has published some twenty books including the most
recent “The New Education: How to Revolutionize Higher Education to Prepare Students
for a World in Flux” (Basic Books), which received the 2019 Frederick W. Ness Annual Book Prize
awarded by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.