Why has the 8th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference been postponed?
On Tuesday, March 10, 2020 Diversity Abroad decided to postpone the conference due to the ongoing and increased challenges presented by COVID-19 including the public health risk, current and potential new travel restrictions and recommendations to cancel large events like the Diversity Abroad Conference.
When and where will the 8th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference take place?
We’re still headed to New Orleans for the 8th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference! The conference will take place at the Sheraton New Orleans September 30 to October 3, 2020.
Updated registration and hotel information will be available soon.
Will the Annual Diversity Abroad Conference take place in the fall going forward?
Yes, going forward the annual Diversity Abroad Conference will be held each fall.
Will my current registration transfer to the new 2020 dates?
Yes, your current registration will automatically transfer to the new fall dates. There is nothing you need to do.
I canceled my registration due to the COVID-19 crisis prior to the postponement of the conference. Will my registration be reinstated?
Attendees who canceled registration due to COVID-19 have been reinstated and will be automatically transferred to the Fall 2020 conference registrant list.
I registered for a pre-conference workshop, lunch & learn, or purchased a reception pass. Will any of these purchases be refunded?
If you registered for a lunch & learn, pre-conference workshop, or purchased a reception pass, refunds will be issued by April 15, 2020 to the payment method used for purchase. There is nothing you need to do.
What if I am not able to participate in the Fall 2020 conference, what are my options?
If you cannot participate in the Fall 2020 Diversity Abroad Conference, there are two options available to you:
Option 1: We recommend transferring your registration free of charge to another colleague. Please contact Diversity Abroad at firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions to facilitate this change.
Option 2: If you are not able to transfer your registration, 100% of your 2020 conference registration fee can be used as a credit towards the 2021 Diversity Abroad Conference registration fee. Please email us by April 15, 2020 at email@example.com to request a credit towards the 2021 Diversity Abroad Conference.
Will registration re-open for the 8th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference?
Yes, since the conference has been postponed we will reopen registration late spring/early summer 2020.
Will my hotel reservation be transferred to the fall or will I need to rebook?
Your hotel reservation will not be transferred to the new fall 2020 conference dates. The hotel rate for the fall 2020 conference will remain at $209/night and in the coming weeks we will let you know when the hotel booking is available.
Will Diversity Abroad refund any lost travel costs incurred due to cancellation of the event?
We recommend you check with your airline carrier to inquire about waived change/cancellation fees due to COVID-19. If you have made hotel reservations at the Sheraton New Orleans, please be sure to get in touch with the hotel directly about cancelling your room.
Will my hotel room reservation be refunded?
No, we are unable to refund your hotel reservation. If you have made a hotel room reservation with the Sheraton New Orleans through the room block reservation, your reservation was cancelled automatically. However, if you arranged your hotel reservations through an alternate method or made reservations at another hotel, please call the hotel directly to cancel your reservation.
Presenters and Program
I was a scheduled presenter, do I need to reconfirm my plans to present?
Diversity Abroad will email session chairs in late March with instructions for re-confirming your commitment to present at the Fall 2020 conference. There will be ample time for presenters to identify alternative presenters as needed.
Will the concurrent session schedule be the same?
Diversity Abroad’s goal, to the degree possible, is to maintain the integrity of the current schedule. Presenters confirmed for the March event will be given ample time to re-confirm plans to present and identify alternative presenters as needed. If needed, Diversity Abroad may re-open a limited call for proposals to ensure a full schedule of events for the fall conference.
I was really looking forward to hearing Ibram X. Kendi and Tia Brown McNair speak in the plenary sessions. Will the keynotes be the same?
We are working to see if the scheduled plenary speakers are available for the fall. Stay tuned for more information.
I registered for the Strategic Leadership Forum. Will this event still occur in the fall?
The Strategic Leadership Forum will take place alongside the 8th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference in the fall of 2020. Current registration will be rolled over.
I registered for the Community College Global Education Forum. Will this event still occur in the fall?
The inaugural Community College Global Education Forum will take place alongside the 8th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference in the Fall of 2020. Current registration will be rolled over.
I nominated a student for the Global Student Leadership Summit. Will this event still occur in the fall?
The annual Global Leadership Summit will take place alongside the 8th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference in the Fall of 2020. Nominators can rollover current registration and/or nominate new students. Graduating student nominees’ placement at GSLS will be reserved for a new student from that nominating institution/organization. Please contact Diversity Abroad at firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions to facilitate this change.
When will the 2020 Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education (EDIIE) Awards winners be announced?
The EDIIE finalists and winners are recognized each year at the Awards Gala & Dinner, which is part of the annual Diversity Abroad Conference. We will plan to hold the Awards Gala & Dinner as part of the rescheduled conference but will be announcing the winners later this spring. Please stay tuned for additional details.
Sponsors and Exhibitors
I’m a sponsor of the 2020 Diversity Abroad Conference. Will my sponsorship automatically be transferred to the rescheduled dates?
Your sponsorship will automatically be applied to the new 2020 dates. We will work with each sponsor to ensure a smooth transition and outcome for all of us. We appreciate your patience. If you have urgent questions, please contact Chris LeGrant at email@example.com.
I’m a sponsor of the 2020 Diversity Abroad Conference and have shipped boxes to the hotel. What are my options for getting my materials shipped back?
Please work directly with FedEx at the Sheraton. Contact information:
Tara Bergeron, Store Manager
Fedex Office Store #5671
1.504.522.9378 TEL 1.504.352.2607 CELL 1.504.522.9382 FAX