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2020 NODA Annual Conference
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As of Thursday, June 25, the decision has been made that the NODA Annual Conference, which was set to be held in Minneapolis, MN, will not happen in person but rather will be changed to a virtual format.

At the core of this decision was the health and safety of our members. In addition to many other factors and data points used to inform decision making, important findings from the Pulse Survey included that professional development funding had been cut and travel restrictions had been put into place for the majority of respondents and that the majority of respondents did not feel comfortable traveling even if they were able to, but would be interested in participating in a virtual experience. Thank you for your participation as having member feedback was extremely helpful in guiding Board discussion.

This decision has many implications on the implementation of the Annual Conference including planning timelines, registration, educational content and supplemental events that are connected to the Annual Conference. Please know that all of those items, among many others, are being taken into careful consideration by the Association staff and Planning Committee as we work to pivot. All involved with related planning teams and those who submitted educational content will be contacted as soon as we can. Thank you in advance for your grace, understanding, and patience.

The 2020 NODA Annual Conference Committee has spent the last year and a half planning an innovative conference experience with the theme of “Focus. Clarity. Vision.” in mind. Although that work will now be realized differently, never has a conference theme been so relevant. We are very proud of their work and look forward to them bringing the ethos of that theme to life in a virtual environment.

While most of us would rather see each other in-person, we know that this is the best decision for the wellbeing of our members. We look forward to having you be a part of the NODA 2020 Virtual Annual Conference. Be on the lookout for more details coming soon.

2020 NODA Annual Conference

October 27–30

2020 marks many monumental and historic moments in our nation and around the world. It will be more important than ever for us to be grounded and centered as we champion the work of OTR. The NODA 2020 Annual Conference will help you find your focus, define clarity, and shape your vision for the future.

Symposiums & Institutes

Some of our biggest events and symposiums of the year take place at NODA's Annual Conference, check out the links below to learn more!

Professionals Institute

October 16, 23, 30, and November 6

Student Symposium

Date TBD

Leadership Institute

Date TBD

Historically Black Colleges
& Universities Summit

Date TBD


December 3 – 4

Countdown to NODAC

Events at NODAC


Stay tuned for our 2020 Pre-Conference offerings! The session titles, presenters, descriptions, days/times and cost will be published as they become available.

Featured Speaker: Wesley Hamilton

Wesley Hamilton’s journey after surviving multiple gunshots in his abdomen will inspire every human on the earth. His quintessential stories of courage, strength and perseverance resonates with participants long after any talk he’s ever delivered. Wes instills the essential tools of positivity, self-awareness, empowerment, resilience, and acceptance in the face of any challenge. He believes “the highest human act is to inspire” – and that is exactly why he is profoundly affecting human hearts of all ages, races, lifestyles and backgrounds worldwide.

Wes shares one of the most powerful stories on the premiere of the hit show on Netflix’s Season 4 of Queer Eye (airing July 19, 2019), and has been featured countless times in the media, including CNN, ABC News, BBC, CNN, CTV and TMZ.


Registration for the conference has been postponed. Check back closer to the conference date for more information!


Eddie Higginbotham
Committee Chair

Stephen Rogers
Communications and
Conference Support

Jackeline Bonilla
Communications and
Conference Support

Natalie Rooney
Speakers and
Special Initiatives

Joseph Deluna
Technology and
Special Projects

Christopher Hensley
Educational Programs
and Evaluations

Lyndsey Williams Mayweather
Educational Programs
and Evaluations

Mallory LaPlant
Local Logistics
and Volunteer Coordination

Nate Alcorn
Technology and
Special Projects

Peter Kreutzer

Jordan Wren

Halie Swanson

Find out where future NODACS will be!

1.866.521.NODA (6632) | 1200 S Washington Ave, Suite 215, Minneapolis, MN 55415