2021 Tate Conference and Awards Ceremony Reflection
The 2021 John Tate Professional Development Conference and Awards Ceremony took place virtually on March 4th and 5th, 2021.
As the first-ever virtual Tate Conference, the sessions were spread over two half days to foster engagement and eliminate Zoom fatigue. During the welcome session, opening remarks were provided by Executive Vice President and Provost Rachel T.A. Croson. The Keynote Speaker was Dr. Clyde Wilson Pickett, who focused his conversation on healing, hope, and challenge. To provide some self-care and wonder, the conference featured Magician Ran’D Shine. Along with the return of Tate Talks and Poster Presentations, the Tate Conference had incredibly insightful and dynamic presentations. These aspects along with expressions of gratitude from advising leadership helped acknowledge the importance of the daily work of our community in our support of students.
The Tate Planning Committee and AAN Board worked to foster a welcoming environment for our community members. The Tate Conference is a space for learning, growth, and vulnerability. Though the platform was virtual, we truly wanted attendees to feel a new sense of motivation, engagement, and excitement, to move forward. We hope all who attended felt genuinely welcomed and appreciated.