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CHAS Student of Color Conference

Due to COVID-19 and the emphasis on the safety of our campus community, we have suspended all activities and events until May 1. The Student of Color Conference [SOCC] sponsored by CHAS scheduled for April 3-5, 2020, has been canceled due to the potential public health threat. We appreciate your interest in CHAS and look forward to seeing you at other CHAS student conferences.

Facing Forward: Cultivating a Culture of Belonging

Consortium on High Achievement and Success (CHAS)
Hosted by Oberlin College

April 3–5, 2020

To belong is the core of being human, and we define ourselves through a matrix of belonging. As we approach a year of transformation, how do members of underrepresented groups “face forward” and develop a sense of belonging in the world, in the United States, and on the college campus?


(Registration deadline: March 18, 2020)

Keynote Speaker

Justin M. Bibb
Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Key Bank

Justin M. Bibb.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Justin M. Bibb

Justin Bibb is vice president of corporate strategy for KeyBank. Prior to joining Key, Bibb was a senior consultant at Gallup and was responsible for building and growing the firm’s Global Cities Practice. His client portfolio included local governments, foundations, and public-private partnerships. In that capacity, he provided advisory services in the areas of smart cities, economic development, and government service delivery transformation. He is a Cleveland, Ohio native.

Bibb received a JD and MBA at Case Western Reserve University and a BA in urban studies at American University and the London School of Economics. He serves on the boards of Destination Cleveland, Teach for America Greater Cleveland, LAND Studio, Inc., and the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority.

Hotel Information

Hyatt Place Crocker Park
2020 Crocker Road
Westlake, OH 44145

To book online, use the online booking link. To book by phone, dial 440-871-3100, Ext 3. To receive the negotiated rate, be sure to mention “Oberlin College CHAS Conference” or provide the code, “G-CHAS.”

Guests have until Wednesday, March 4, 2020 to book rooms within the block at the Oberlin College rate. Oberlin will provide shuttles from the hotel to campus.

CHAS is the Consortium on High Achievement and Success, a collection of 20 selective liberal arts colleges from around the country that promote the high educational and personal achievement of students of color.

Based at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, CHAS partners with member colleges to offer high quality programs, resources, research, professional development and other services that will eliminate institutional barriers and forge pathways for achievement and success—for students as well as the institution.

The biennial student conferences are one of the many ways CHAS seeks to address the challenges and explore the opportunities for students of color at select liberal arts colleges.

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