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A limited program is offered for spouses and partners of CAOs and CSAOs. Registration at a separate fee level includes the opening reception and buffet dinner and all plenary and concurrent sessions, unless otherwise noted. Additional opportunities include a welcoming coffee hour, breakfast discussions, special concurrent sessions for spouses and partners, and a presentation on the history of San Antonio. A separate registration fee is required for the optional trip on Monday afternoon.

Spouses and partners who wish to attend only specific events, such as the welcoming buffet dinner or the optional trip, should sign up for those activities on the registration form and not register for the full Institute.


Welcome and Keynote Address

“Racially Responsive Leadership: Understanding and Responding to the Longstanding Problem of Racism in Higher Education”

Shaun R. Harper

Welcoming Reception and Buffet Dinner



Plenary Session

“Competencies, Confidence, and Vocation: Helping and Motivating Students to Find Their Way”

Andrew R. Chan

Welcoming Coffee

Diane T. Aquila, Chief Academic Officer Spouse, University of St. Thomas (TX)

What Are the Expectations for the CAO or CSAO Spouse or Partner?

Lynne Moore, Chief Academic Officer Spouse, Chowan University
George W.  Roberts, Chief Academic Officer Spouse, Wagner College
Annie Stinemetz, Chief Academic Officer Spouse, Ohio Wesleyan University



Breakfast Discussion: Creative Ways to Say Thank You and Build Relationships on Campus


Plenary Session

“Navigating the Most Difficult Conversations on Campus”

Margaret Hazlett, Joel W. Martin, Elizabeth F. Ortiz, Eugene L. Zdziarski, and Kevin Kruger (moderator)

Organizing Calendars, Schedules, and Life

Erika Peterson-Veatch, Chief Academic Officer Spouse, Southwestern College (KS)

What’s On Your Reading List?

Optional Excursion: Cruising and Perusing

(Separate registration fee required)

All-Institute Reception


Breakfast Discussion: Setting Boundaries

Planning for the 2018 Institute

Diane T. Aquila, Chief Academic Officer Spouse, University of St. Thomas (TX)

Book Discussion: Straight Man: A Novel, by Richard Russo

Gail Milliman, Chief Academic Officer Spouse, Bethel College (KS)

Closing Plenary Session

“Building Interfaith Understanding: A Practical Application of the Liberal Arts”

Eboo Patel