2023 CCCU Diversity Conference

October 15 - 17, 2023
John Brown University, Siloam Springs, AR


Conference Theme: Diversity Still Matters

The CCCU invites you to join us at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, AR for the 2023 Diversity Conference, October 15 – 17. This national event will be a resource for teams of professionals from your campus (administration, faculty, co-curricular educators) from emerging to senior leaders and at various levels of experience from beginners to experts. The conference is designed to be a space for educators within the CCCU to engage one another in dialogue, critical thinking and networking. The conference will include keynote sessions and workshops that showcase research and best practices on strategic campus transformation that will meet the needs of all students.





Please note that this is a tentative agenda that will be updated as additional information becomes available.

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM | Pre-Conference for Diversity Professionals | SGH A

Please find more information about this event below

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Registration & Information Desk Open | Simmons Lobby
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Welcome Reception | Walker Student Center Gathering Area

Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and time to network with your peers

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Registration & Information Desk Open | Simmons Lobby
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM | Breakfast On Your Own
9:00 AM – 9:50 AM | Opening Session – Worship, Devotion and Welcome Remarks | Lena Crouso, Shirley Hoogstra and Chip Pollard | Cathedral Sanctuary
9:50 AM – 10:30 AM | Plenary Session 1 – Juneteenth: Faith & Freedom | Rasool Berry and Lisa Fields | Cathedral Sanctuary
  • Join us for an enlightening panel discussion on the documentary “Juneteenth: Faith and Freedom.” This film delves deep into the intersections of emancipation, faith, and the long journey of African Americans toward freedom and equality. In our session, panelists will explore the profound implications the Juneteenth holiday holds for America’s broader discussions on race, the intricate role of faith in the Black community’s liberation journey, and the contemporary significance of this historic event in our ongoing dialogue about diversity, faith, and inclusion. Through a blend of historical analysis and contemporary insights, this discussion promises to deepen our understanding of Juneteenth’s cultural and spiritual significance in the tapestry of American history.
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM | Morning Break
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM | Concurrent Sessions
12:15 PM – 1:45 PM | Lunch | JBU Cafeteria
1:45 PM – 3:00 PM | Concurrent Sessions
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Afternoon Break
3:30 PM – 4:45 PM | Concurrent Sessions
5:15 PM – 6:00 PM | Plenary Session 2: Diversity in Diversity | Brooke Hempell | Cathedral Sanctuary
  • It may seem obvious that there are a diversity of perspectives and experiences when it comes to diversity, but in order to build and maintain healthy university communities, it is essentially to explore the divergent perspectives of the university’s many stakeholders and their particularities more than their similarities. While Christians are unified in the majority of their beliefs, studies reveal dramatic differences when it comes to diversity and racial justice. Findings from the latest research on stakeholders in the Christian community and their perspectives on race and diversity, including DE&I programs will be shared during this session
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM | Dinner | JBU Cafeteria
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM | Juneteenth Movie Screening | Jones Recital Hall in the Cathedral of the Ozarks
  • Uncover the deep spiritual significance of America’s newest federal holiday with pastor Rasool Berry in “Juneteenth: Faith & Freedom,” a new documentary film presented by the Our Daily Bread Voices Collection and Our Daily Bread Media.
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM | Breakfast On Your Own
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM | Worship & Devotion | Lena Crouso | Cathedral Sanctuary
9:30 AM – 9:40 AM | Introducing Wheaton College’s Historical Race Task Force Final Report | Vanessa Wynder Quainoo
9:40 AM – 10:15 AM | Plenary Session 3 – Call to Action: The Current State of our Nation on DEI and the Pushback Resistance Culture | Glen Kinoshita | Cathedral Sanctuary
  • The path of diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education has historically been a steep challenge with incremental progress along the way.. However, in this current season, we are witnessing resistance to our efforts increase exponentially. For those who have labored to enhance diversity and promote inclusivity in Christian institutions, these few past years have been disheartening. In this session, Dr. Glen Kinoshita will share some thoughts as he has reflected on his 31 years of serving Christian colleges and institutions. We will process together how we can collectively imagine a future for the institutions we serve as well as how we might continue our process after we leave this conference.
10:15 AM – 10:45 AM | Morning Break
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM | Concurrent Sessions
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | Lunch | JBU Cafeteria
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM | Plenary Session 4 – Insights, Challenges and Opportunities with the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Designation | Cathedral Sanctuary
  • The growth in the Hispanic population in the United States has impacted higher education enrollment trends (US Census Bureau, 2023: Pew Research Center, 2022), CCCU institutions included. The number of federally designated Hispanic Serving Institutions has tripled over the past three decades, from 189 in 1994 to 571 in 2021 (Excelencia, 2023). It is imperative for CCCU institutions to understand both the opportunities and the coinciding responsibility of pursuing the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) federal designation. Join us as Dr. Norlan Hernández expounds on the opportunities and responsibility and facilitates a panel discussion with dynamic leaders, including Rev. Enid Almanzar (Executive Director of the First Bible ENterprise at American Bible Society), Dr. Aida Ramos (Dean of the College of Education and Social & Behavioral Sciences at John Brown University), and Dr. Octavio Esqueda (Professor of Christian Higher Education and Director of Ph.D. and Ed.D. Programs in Educational Studies at Biola University).
  • Panelists: Norlan Hernández, Enid Almanzar, Octavio Esqueda and Aida Ramos
1:45 PM – 2:15 PM | Break
2:15 PM – 3:30 PM | Concurrent Sessions
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM | Break
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM | Concurrent Sessions
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM | Closing Commissioning: Communion | Esther Jadhav & Shirley Hoogstra | Cathedral Sanctuary
  • This session will unpack the opportunity before us, to serve the present age. In a context of varied cultural dynamics, how do we fulfill the calling we each have to serve in the contexts in which we are placed with the influence we have been given. Taking our cues from a couple key biblical passages, we will reflect on how these can speak into and inform how we serve our academic communities. Among others, three things are essential, understanding the core of the gospel message, believing in the mission of the university, and understanding the cultural context. A quote from Gandhi captures the opportunity we have to serve the present age and demonstrates for us how this is possible, more popularly heard in the phrase, “be the change you want to see.” This session will provide an opportunity for self- reflection in order to be the change we hope to see in our society. “We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a person changes their own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards them. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do – Mahatma Gandhi.”
6:00 PM | Dinner On Your Own


Enid Almanzar

Rasool Berry

Lena Crouso

Octavio Esqueda

Lisa Fields

Brooke Hempell

Norlan Hernández

Shirley Hoogstra

Esther Jadhav

Glen Kinoshita

Chip Pollard

Vanessa Quainoo

Aida Ramos


A Gathering for Diversity Professionals to Share Experiences and Best Practices

Sunday, October 15 from 2 – 5 PM

The charge to enhance diversity in Christian institutions is indeed a tall order. With all the challenges embedded in diversity work with Christian colleges and universities,  it is common to feel like you are alone in this most challenging work. Our goal in this pre-conference space is to support you and provide a time for you to engage with other diversity professionals across the CCCU, to affirm that you are not alone.

Our objectives for this pre-conference session are as follows: 1) getting acquainted and providing an opportunity for professional networking; 2) hearing from professionals across the country about their challenges and best practices; and 3) hearing from seasoned professionals on their insights regarding pertinent issues, topics, and strategies.

If you are a diversity professional at a CCCU institution, please plan to join us and glean from the collective wisdom of fellow colleagues who share the call to “do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.”

Glen K. Kinoshita, Ph.D.

The Founder and Current Director of the Student Congress on Racial Reconciliation (SCORR)

Registration Pricing

Registration Discount for CCCU Member Institutions Only:

The CCCU is offering a discount to CCCU members from the same institution who register at least one attendee for the Diversity Conference! Once your institution reaches one paid registrant, a $100 discount will be automatically applied to all subsequent registrants.

Conference Rates
Early Bird
Ends September 15, 2023
Ends October 06, 2023
Ends October 14, 2023

Registration Details

Registration Eligibility and Process:
CCCU conferences and events are a benefit to faculty, staff, and administrators at our CCCU institutions, so they are typically closed to non-member individuals and institutions unless they are sponsors or speakers. There are some exceptions to this rule, so if you are a non-member interested in attending, please send your request to conferences@cccu.org

All registrations are reviewed to ensure they meet the CCCU eligibility policies.  The CCCU reserves the right to refuse or cancel all ineligible registrations at any time and shall not be held accountable for any outside fees associated with this cancellation.

To register for the conference, click the Register button and sign in to your CCCU account. If you have any issues or if you forgot your log-in information, please call our office at (202) 546-8713 for assistance.

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Full payment must accompany your registration. Please call the CCCU office at (202) 546-8713 if you need to make payment by check.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel your registration at any time prior to the start of the program. If you must cancel, please email conferences@cccu.org. Refunds for cancellations received through Friday, September 8, 2023 will be issued minus a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after Friday, September 8. No-shows are not refundable. Registration transfers will be honored at any time.

Lodging & Travel Information

Hotel Options

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Discounted rate of $110/night plus tax if booked by 9/15/23
2100 US-412, Siloam Springs, AR 72761
1.6 miles from campus

Hampton Inn Siloam Springs
Discounted rate of $94/night plus tax if booked by 9/24/23
2171 Ravenwood Plaza, Siloam Springs, AR 72761
2.9 miles from campus

Quality Inn Siloam Springs West
$97/night plus tax if booked by 7/14/23
1300 US-412, Siloam Springs, AR 72761
1.4 miles from campus

Best Western Stateline Lodge, Siloam
$90/night plus tax if booked by 9/14/23
273 US-59, West Siloam Springs, OK 74964
1.6 miles from campus

Super 8
$81/night plus tax if booked by 9/15/23
1800 US-412 West, Siloam Springs, AR 72761
1.4 miles from campus


If you would rather stay in an Airbnb, please find nearby options here.

Lodging with JBU Staff/Faculty

Several JBU faculty/staff have generously offered to host conference attendees in their homes during the Diversity Conference.  If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please click on this link.  If selected, the host will reach out to you with additional information and details about housing. This offer is on a first-come-first-served basis.  This offer is available to registered attendees only.


The closest airport to John Brown University is the Northwest Arkansas Airport (XNA) which is located 22 miles and approximately 35 minutes from campus. The average cost of an Uber is $55 one way. For information about rental cars at XNA, click here.

The next closest airport to John Brown University is the Tulsa International Airport (TUL) which is located 81 miles and approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes from campus. The average cost of an Uber is $100 one way.

Other Taxi/Shuttle Options:

Ambassador Transportation

Jim’s Express Shuttle & Taxi

Pinnacle Car Services

Payless Taxi LLC

Attractions in the Area

If you are looking for something fun to do while in Northwest Arkansas, click here!

Voices and Votes: Democracy in America

Additionally, the JBU Art Gallery is pleased to offer the conference attendees a chance to engage with an interactive Smithsonian exhibit! Voices and Votes is based on a major exhibition currently on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. As we seek to transform institutions with a commitment to diversity, we encourage you to stop by the art gallery with a colleague or two and reflect on “whose voices were heard (or not heard)” in the story of democracy in America. For more information about the exhibition contents, click here.