Nationally Prominent Scholar and Writer to Address ACE2021
February 18, 2021

​​​Kimberlé Crenshaw, a pioneering scholar and writer on issues such as Black feminist legal theory and race, racism, and the law, will address ACE2021, ACE’s online annual meeting set for March 22-24.

​Kimberlé W. Crenshaw headshot
Kimberlé Crenshaw
Crenshaw, the co-founder and executive director of the African American Policy Forum and the founder and executive director of the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School, will be the featured speaker at the ACE2021 closing plenary from 1-1:45 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, March 24.

Crenshaw is the Promise Institute Professor at UCLA Law School, the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor at Columbia Law School, and is popularly known for her development of “intersectionality,” “critical race theory,” and the #SayHerName Campaign. She also is the host of the podcast Intersectionality Matters! She will engage in a wide-ranging conversation on these and other issues during the plenary session with Ronald A. Crutcher, president of the University of Richmond and chair of the ACE Board of Directors.

Other major speakers include Diana S. Natalicio, president emerita of The University of Texas at El Paso, who will deliver the Robert H. Atwell Plenary address on March 23 at 1 p.m. (ET), and Johnnetta B. Cole, president emerita, Spelman College and Bennett College, who will speak at the ACE Toast to Women in Higher Education, a separate access event, Friday, March 19, at 7 p.m. (ET).  And just weeks into the beginning of the Biden administration and a new Congress, political analysts Kirsten Powers and Michael Steele will unpack the tumultuous events of the 2020 election and look at the current landscape during the March 22 opening plenary session at 1 p.m. (ET).

This year’s virtual format allows more people to attend higher education’s premier event safely and at a lower cost. Attendees can view as many livestreamed sessions as they want during ACE2021, and they will have access to recorded sessions after the event is over. And because networking is even more important during this challenging time, ACE2021’s virtual meeting platform will provide numerous options to connect with colleagues on a personal level, including roundtable conversations, video chat features, daily social hours, and wellness breaks.

For more than a century, ACE has convened leaders from across the higher education landscape, as well as other nonprofit sectors and the business community, to collectively tackle the toughest challenges facing colleges and universities; generate fresh perspectives for practical campus solutions; form personal connections; and bring practical, data-driven insights back to their campuses.

Visit the ACE2021 website for more information and to register. Join the conversation on Twitter at #ACE2021Online.