2023 SCTEM Annual Conference – New Orleans, LA

Conference Theme:

Building an Inclusive Travel & Expense Program: for all people, all places, and all purposes of higher education travel

Presented by:


Collegiate Members Early Bird Registration through July 31st, 2023

  • $795/registration for the first attendee from your institution
  • $595/registration for each additional attendee from the same institution (using code NOLACollege23)

Collegiate Members starting August 1, 2023

  • $995/registration for the first attendee from your institution
  • $795/registration for each additional attendee from the same institution (using code NOLACollege23)

Supplier Members

  • Supplier registration (includes tradeshow table) – $1,795 for first attendee
  • $1495 for each additional attendee from the same company/organization (using code NOLASupplier23).

We also have incredible sponsorship opportunities available (see our Sponsorship Guide). Please contact cyoung45@uillinois.edu for more information and/or to confirm  your sponsor registration discount codes.


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On behalf of the SCTEM Advisory Board, we thank you for your support.

Institutions Registered

List is updated weekly!
American University
Arizona State University
Boston College
Brigham Young University
Brown University
Case Western Reserve University
Florida International University
Florida State University
George Washington University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Grand Canyon University
Harvard University
Indiana University
Iowa State University
Johns Hopkins University
Liberty University
North Carolina A&T State University
Northwestern University
Pima Community College
Princeton University
Rutgers University
Stanford University
Stony Brook University
Texas A&M University
Texas State Technical College
Texas Tech University
Texas Woman's University
The Ohio State University
The University of Chicago
The University of New Mexico
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of Tennessee
The University of Texas at Dallas
Trinity University
Tulane University
UC Berkeley
UC San Diego
University of Alaska
 University of Alaska Fairbanks
 University of Alberta
University of Arkansas
University of Arkansas School of Law
University of California
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Merced
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado
University of Connecticut
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of Illinois
University of Kentucky
University of Maryland Baltimore
University of Massachusetts
University of Michigan
University of Nebraska
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of San Diego
University of South Florida
University of St. Thomas
University of Tennessee
University of Texas at Austin
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Washington
University of West Florida
University of Wisconsin System
University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Wyoming
Utah State University
UW System Administration
Vanderbilt University
William & Mary


Sunday, September 17

Location: Terrace Room

Diversity and inclusion comes in many different shapes and sizes. Whether you are diversifying your program’s tools and payment methods or finding ways to be more inclusive of the different populations of travelers whom you support, we are all looking for ways to improve and expand our programs. Our roundtable this year will focus on our conference theme. Join us for a roundtable discussion as we share ways that we have expanded our programs to benefit our travelers and our institutions.

Only for Collegiate members.

Location: Tower Room

Suppliers will receive an overview of the conference, trade show, and speed dating (exclusive to Sponsors).

Only for Suppliers.

Location: Grand Ballroom 1 & 2

For Board members and first time attendees!

Monday, September 18

As a masterful storyteller, Dr. Jermaine will share real-world examples, provide practical tips, and highlight inclusive practices so everyone can excel from the inside out. In this engaging and thought-provoking presentation, Dr. Jermaine teaches leaders and frontline employees how to behave, communicate, and think with an inclusive lens to create an environment that’s respectful of everyone. Identifying leadership blind spots is a key component to moving forward in this area. It’s important to engage in courageous conversations about diversity-related issues. Dr. Jermaine teaches people how to address sensitive issues without feeling awkward, guilty, fearful, or uncomfortable.

Higher Education is comprised of travelers ranging from Undergraduate Students to Tenured Faculty spanning across 5 generations, and Generation Alpha is not far behind. As we look at our travel and expense programs, we have to consider all the differences of these employees and understand that a one-size-fits-all solution isn’t going to work. Hear from your Higher Education peers as we look at ways they have diversified their programs to meet the needs of their travelers.

Purchasing Cards, Travel Cards, One Cards, Ghost Cards, Lodge Cards, and Virtual Payments – oh my! One solution is often not enough to meet the needs of your travel population. Hear from higher education members and banking providers on ways they have diversified their payment methods to give the right, most efficient form of payment solution to the right traveler types in your Travel Program.

Dr. Jonathan P. Higgins (DoctorJonPaul) is an award winning educator, professor, national speaker, freelance journalist, thought leader and media critic who examines the intersections of identity, gender and race. With over 15 years of experience in leadership and social justice education, DoctorJonPaul is focused on using their voice and platform to highlight the joy and resilience of marginalized people.  DoctorJonPaul leads an interactive session on being aware of one’s own biases and attitudes and how to adopt a behavior that is rooted in thought, values and promotion of cultural humility.

Location: Riverview Room at Jackson Brewery

Tuesday, September 19

The world is constantly changing and so are the travelers and travel destinations in our programs. This often means that our travelers find themselves in locations where they do not feel safe or supported. Panelists will discuss traveler health and safety.

“I don’t have enough spend for a negotiated rate.”

“No one will respond to my RFP.”

“All of my travelers are just going to book through the conference anyway.”

Sound familiar? It doesn’t have to! An expert panel will discuss ways on how to improve the value of your institution’s hotel program.

Accessories pull an outfit together and so can your T&E tools. Hear from some providers to help you pick which accessories will give your outfit that final touch!

We’re all trying to make our T&E programs serve our institutions the best we can, though we don’t know what we don’t know. We need to listen to our travelers about experiences and improvement opportunities related to abilities/disabilities, gender identities/expressions, and other requirements tied to things we can perceive and those that are less obvious. Panel discussion where Higher Education travelers tell us the good, the bad, and the ugly experiences they’ve had and how this perspective can make our programs better.

Alycia Anderson is a TEDx speaker, founder & CEO, inclusion champion, advocate, DEI &
accessibility changemaker, former VP of a Multifamily SaaS technology company and a believer in possible. Alycia is on a mission to motivate people through the power of diversity and inclusion. She delivers with the perfect blend of energy, humor and real-world stories that will tug at your heart strings one moment and make you laugh out loud the next. Alycia’s dynamic presentation “The Heart of Inclusion” is all about her continued passion for helping people and organizations understand the real bottom-line benefits inherent in a diverse and inclusive society.

Location: House of Blues

Pending details.

Travel Information

Location: The Westin New Orleans (Conference Rate $209/night available below)

  • If choosing to rent a vehicle, the daily on-site parking fee is $33/night
  • Electric car charging station is available

Airport: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)

  • Approx. ~25-30 minutes from hotel with no traffic
Check out all that New Orleans  has to offer – you might even decide to extend your stay!