The Higher Education Diversity Summit has defined and included four content areas that help in structuring the Summit.

Generalist: Diversity, Social Justice and Inclusive Excellence

This content area captures innovative practices and research in the field of higher education that encourage the inclusion of diversity, social justice and inclusive excellence frameworks for transformative implications or results to create institutional and systemic change. Programs in this content area focus on the diversification of campuses through recruitment and retention of minorities at all levels in higher education and the community. This content area will focus on student  populations such as veterans, international students, women, and students or administrators of color just
to name a few.

Accessibility Issues in Higher Education

This content area raises awareness and calls for change in the field of higher education around issues that affect individuals with disabilities within institutions of education. Programs in this area will encourage a universal design approach to the way that members of the campus community are served. This content area as a whole will provide other approaches to address accessibility issues and provide research, practical and theoretical implications for higher education.

Community Colleges and Two-year Institutions

This content area features a dynamic symposium of experts who will present on diversity issues, and innovative solutions, which influence practice at community colleges and two-year institutions. Other sessions focus on introducing or addressing issues that affect minority groups at community colleges or the discussion of systemic issues affecting these two-year institutions and the groups they aim to support. The content area welcomes interactive workshops and presentations on practice and research in the field that aims to promote access/retention and disrupt patterns of discrimination.

LGBTQ Issues in Higher Education

This content area focuses on the issues that affect the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) communities in higher education. Programs in this area capture practice and research on or involving the LGBTQ community. This content area can also capture research with practical and theoretical implications, and the intersections of an LGBTQ identity with other identities.