The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) established the Conference on Minority Affairs in October 1981 to provide a forum for professionals and students from Jesuit colleges and universities across the United States to share information relative to students of color. As the scope of the vision changed and continued to move forward, the Conference on Minority Affairs became the Conference on Multicultural Affairs (CMA) and is currently known as the Conference on Diversity and Equity (CDE).
The conference hosts an annual meeting each June on the campus of an AJCU member institution that brings together colleagues from all areas of campus to discuss the broad range of issues that significantly impact the education of students of color and the retention of faculty and staff of color at Jesuit institutions of higher education. Evolving into a more inclusive organization, the conference seeks to assist Jesuit institutions in identifying issues that are of the most immediate concern to their constituencies and to develop strategies to effectively bring resolutions to those issues.
- Ensure access of African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American students to Jesuit higher education
- Provide an awareness of challenges faced by students of color and foster the development of strategies to overcome these challenges
- Enhance the quality of the educational experience for all students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups
- Promote the institutionalization of participation by underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in planning, policy formulation and implementation