Chief Diversity Officer 2023 Summit: Inspiring Partnerships that Yield More Campus-Wide Support


Inspiring Partnerships that Yield More Campus-Wide Support


March 8 - 9, 2023 | Orlando, Florida

Join diversity leaders to strategize best practices to maximize campus outreach efforts.


DEI offices and staff have grown significantly since “the summer of racial reckoning” yet the demands and needs from all campus stakeholders have outpaced this investment. As a result, chief diversity officers, including diversity leaders in academia, are forced to triage their priorities from reacting to incidents on campus, in order to proactively create visibility for diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts while trying to reform the structural and systemic barriers to equity (such as hiring, promotion and tenure, and more).

In response to these mounting challenges amidst the visibility of everything senior diversity leaders do, Academic Impressions is launching an inaugural Chief Diversity Officer Summit to share ideas and best practices on building campus-wide partnerships to support this critical work. Topics covered will include:

  • The current state of diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts across the country.
  • Best practices for building coalitions across campus.
  • Centering equity in the promotion and tenure process.
  • Train-the-trainer programs to build the networks of diversity leaders.
  • Issues unique to new and seasoned diversity leaders.
  • Mini-presentations by summit participants who are leading best practices on their campuses.


How will the Summit work?

Most chief diversity officers, including those leading these efforts in the academic space, are the first to hold those roles on their campuses, so it's critical to create a forum where they can network with others facing similar work and challenges.

This one-and-a-half-day summit is devoted to the issues listed above and provides numerous opportunities to network with peers and national experts. Attendees will walk away with practical solutions they can now begin to implement in their own roles.


Post-event Discussion

As part of your registration for this summit, you will receive a free 90-day Academic Impressions membership trial. We will save you a (virtual) seat at the Campus-Wide Equity & Diverse Faculty Pathways: A Discussion about the Future of Higher Education event taking place on April 12, 2023, at 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. ET. This virtual event is part of your registration and will feature several of our summit subject-matter experts, who will share their insights and strategies about the shifts taking place in DEI and faculty development. Details about the membership and how to access this virtual event will be provided closer to the Summit. For more information about the concurrent Faculty Affairs 2023 Summit taking place on March 8-9, 2023 in Orlando, Florida, please click here.


COVID Precautions

There are currently no precautions required. As the pandemic and CDC guidelines evolve, Academic Impressions’ health and safety protocols may also change. All attendees will be notified of requirements and/or changes prior to the event.


Who Should Attend

This inaugural summit is broadly applicable to new and seasoned Chief Diversity Officers, including those leading efforts in the academic space, who hold the most senior-level positions in their division or for their campus.


Your registration fee includes full access to all conference sessions and materials, breakfast, lunch, and access to the networking reception on Wednesday, breakfast and lunch on Thursday, as well as refreshments and snacks throughout the conference.

Day One – Wednesday, March 8, 2023

8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Eastern (local time in Orlando, FL)


Registration & Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.



Welcome & Keynote Address: Addressing the State of DEI Efforts Across the Country
9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
In this opening keynote address, our guest speaker, Dr. Myron Anderson, will address the state of diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in higher education across the country. With over 25 years in leading these kinds of efforts for multiple campuses, Myron will share strategies that he has implemented to identify and build campus-wide partnerships that yield more campus-wide support. You will hear how he has strategically inspired participation from a variety of campus stakeholders, including faculty, staff, students, and campus leaders.



Networking Break & Keynote Address Reflections
10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
You will have the opportunity to sit with colleagues from similar-sized institutions to share your reflections after listening to the keynote speaker’s opening remarks. This will give you an opportunity to meet and connect with 4-5 other diversity leaders at your table so that you can begin to share your emergent or best thinking on how to inspire more campus-wide support for your DEI initiatives.



Roundtable Discussions: Building Coalition Strategies (pick two topics – 40 minutes each round)
10:45 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. (Round One) *5-minute break
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (Round Two)

  • Roundtable Option #1: Building Coalition Strategies with Community Partners (not on-campus)
  • Roundtable Option #2: Building Coalition Strategies with Faculty & Faculty Leaders
  • Roundtable Option #3: Building Coalition Strategies with Advocates, Allies, or Champions of DeI Initiatives



12:15 – 1:00 p.m.



Presentation & Discussion: Centering Equity in the Promotion & Tenure Process
1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
We are seeing significant and innovative shifts in how institutions address inequities and modify their promotion and tenure processes. Whether that means rethinking the role of service in P&T, addressing faculty workloads, striving for more consistent measures and guidelines, or addressing bias in judgement of reviewers of service, equity in P&T processes is an ever-evolving conversation. Our expert speakers will create the space for an open dialogue on the most pressing issues and innovative solutions taking place in higher education.



Short Break
2:15 – 2:30 p.m.



Inclusive Leadership Workshop
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Join our Academic Impressions Head of Practice for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Dr. Sandra Miles, as she leads a workshop and discussion on how you can navigate your own social identity privileges as they relate to advancing DEI initiatives while actively engaging your community members in the same way. This train-the-trainer two-hour workshop is designed to help you define how combined privileges in your community can create many new possibilities and opportunities to strengthen your current DEI efforts, priorities, and goals.



Networking Reception
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
This reception will be hosted by HireEd Careers by Academic Impressions. Our new diversity job board not only gets your jobs in front of diverse professionals, but it’s also the first time AI is providing institution-level access to our members, who — like you — are growth-minded professionals. We encourage diversity leaders to consider the recruitment, hiring, and interviewing processes, as well as all of the ways we can support one another in making those processes more equitable. Participants from the concurrent Faculty Affairs Summit will also join us during this networking reception.


Day Two – Thursday, March 9, 2023

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern (local time in Orlando, FL)


8:00 – 9:00 a.m.



Concurrent Sessions for New & Seasoned Diversity Leaders
Depending on the size of the group and the range of experience among those participating, we may split one session into two, with one serving seasoned (academic) diversity leaders and the other calibrated for new (academic) diversity leaders with less than three years of experience.

9:00 – 10:45 a.m.

  • Concurrent Session #1: Seasoned diversity officers/leaders (with more than 3+ years of experience in their current professional roles) will have an opportunity to identify, discuss, and problem-solve pain points when trying to identify strategic campus partners that yield more campus support.
  • Concurrent Session #2: New diversity officers/leaders (those with less than 3 years of experience in their current professional roles) will have an opportunity to identify, discuss, and share their leadership philosophies and how they deploy their leadership skills to advance DEI initiatives.



Short Break
10:45 – 11:00 a.m.



Solutions Clinic Discussions (pick one topic)
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Solutions Clinic Option #1: Share and learn how you and other summit participants are leading race-conscious best practices on campus (e.g., training efforts, responding to hate-crime incidents, new bills/laws forbidding or challenging diversity work, etc.).
  • Solutions Clinic Option #2: Share and learn how you and other summit participants are leading recruitment and retention best practices on campus (e.g., inclusive job descriptions, search committee training topics, working with critical campus partners like HR, etc.).



Lunch and Closing Address
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Join us for our closing luncheon featuring our guest speaker, Dr. John Miller, Dean of Curriculum and Senior Diversity Officer at St. Norbert College. Given John’s unique dual role crossing DEI and Faculty Affairs, he will help you to identify critical takeaways and reasonable action steps as a participant of either the Chief Diversity Officer or Faculty Affairs Summits.


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Myron R. Anderson, Ph.D.

Vice President for Inclusive Excellence, The University of Texas at San Antonio

As a member of the president’s senior leadership team, Myron is the inaugural Vice President for Inclusive Excellence and is responsible for building a division and integrate the Inclusive Excellence ecosystem throughout the University. Using inclusive leadership as the framework paralleled with an active leadership strategy, listen, co-create, harvest, and implement, he serves as the framework to articulate a vision and implement the ecosystem designed to improve campus climate and advance Inclusive Excellence.

Read Myron's Full Bio.

Professional portrait of Sandra Miles

Sandra Miles, Ph.D.

Sandra Miles, Head of Practice for Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, Academic Impressions

Sandra has spent most of the last two decades serving as a leader and administrator in higher education. Specifically, she has had extensive experience in managing crisis, strategic planning, developing leadership programs, working with persons with disabilities, mediating disputes, and serving as a Dean of Students, Chief Student Affairs Officer, Chief Diversity Officer, and Deputy Title IX Coordinator. In 2022, Sandra joined Academic Impressions full-time as the Head of Practice for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, due to her experience with the organization as a subject-matter expert who facilitated trainings and workshops in higher-ed, as well as to her passion for making DEI concepts resonate for individuals from all walks of life.

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John W. Miller Jr., Ph.D.

Dean of Curriculum and Senior Diversity Officer, St. Norbert College

Prior to becoming Dean, John served as Department Chair and Professor of Social Work at Benedict College and as an Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. His current research interests explore: the relationship between racism and adverse childhood experiences among African Americans, diversity, equity, access, and inclusion issues within social work, and faculty mentoring. Notably, in 2017, John was selected as the Arkansas Social Worker of the Year by the Arkansas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

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Kim Eby, Ph.D.

Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs & Development, George Mason University

Dr. Kim Eby joined the Mason community in 1996. A faculty member in the School of Integrative Studies, she is also affiliated with Women and Gender Studies. In 2002, she was awarded the George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award. Her professional and scholarly interests include issues surrounding violence and gender, leadership, organizational development and change, and collaboration and community building across a variety of contexts.

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