Meet a cohort of other Chief Diversity Officers to build your network, unpack common issues you face, share practices that are working, and build your leadership capacity.
Over the last several years, most colleges and universities have established offices of diversity and inclusion, headed by a cabinet-level official. These Chief Diversity Officers are often given a broad mandate to improve equity and inclusion across the institution but often with limited staff and resources. The CDO is expected to “fix” climate issues and address deeply-rooted inequities, often without clear or full support from the institution's leadership, resources, integration into the strategic plan, or buy-in from key stakeholders, and the access to integrate equity and inclusion philosophies within established systems, processes, and policies.
Compounding these challenges are the high stakes. Missteps are visible and costly and can often inflict more harm on a community. Without adequate support and a strategic vision, these challenges can paralyze or hinder efforts. Enter our CDO roundtable, which is designed to create a cohort of peers engaged in similar work to:
- Share best practices and avoid pitfalls
- Improve DEI strategy and decision making
- Exchange ideas and co-create new approaches
- Help CDOs stay current on trends, issues, and events
- Assess campus climate dynamics
- Build DEI institutional capacity
- Develop strategies to accelerate the infusion of DEI practices throughout your Institution
- Operationalize the work; take theories and ideas and help put them into practice
To preserve an intimate and productive experience, each roundtable will be capped at 10 attendees.
Can’t attend all sessions?
No problem. We recommend participating in at least six sessions to get the most value out of this experience.
Who Should Attend
This group engagement is specifically designed for the senior-most diversity officer of a campus, who has both oversight and accountability for campus-wide diversity and inclusion efforts.
We welcome Chief Diversity Officers from both public and private institutions across all Carnegie levels.
The roundtable will be the most beneficial to CDOs who have been in their roles for five years or less.
How Roundtables Work
The goal of our Roundtables is to bring together a small cohort of peers for a comprehensive learning and networking experience. Through short, regular live meetings, you will come together with a maximum of seven other peers and our two experts to:
- Build strong connections and expand your network
- Try new tactics and approaches to improve your leadership
- Share your own best practices and hear others’
- Carve out time for self-reflection
- Be part of a cohort-based support community
- Contribute to the conversation with your own thought leadership
September 17 - December 17, 2021 (Sold Out)
September 17th to December 17th, biweekly meetings on Fridays
- September 17
- October 1
- October 15
- October 29
- November 12
- December 3
- December 17
January 14 - April 22, 2022
January 14th to April 22nd, biweekly meetings on Fridays
- January 14
- January 28
- February 11
- February 25
- March 11
- March 25
- April 8
- April 22
To preserve an intimate and productive experience, each roundtable will be capped at 8 attendees.
Sample Topic Items
Each roundtable will be a customized experience with the agenda driven by the participants. Sample topics and issues that could arise include:
- Develop an inclusive approach
- Strategic planning and partnerships
- Introduce new initiatives
- Establish a centralized and decentralized approach
- Align within ethos of your campus
- Maximize contribution of stakeholders (both internal and external)
- High visibility and seen as a valued contributor
- Responsibility for contributions
- Unification of human capital and coalition building strategies
- Inspire new ideas and innovative strategies from others
- Promote community respect – everyone belongs here
- Create an environment of support where all can thrive
- Advocate of mechanisms to increase cultural intelligence of campus community
- Reinforce inclusive excellence model
- Establish the intellectual engine to support the success of all students
- Maintain collaborative partnerships with faculty
- Introduction to five culturally responsive teaching strategies
- Integrate culturally responsive teaching in research, course development, classroom engagement, and instructional delivery
- Define affinity groups and how to utilize them effectively
- Provide advocacy and support for affinity groups
- Improve campus climate through faculty/staff engagement
- Leverage faculty/staff support to recruit and retain diverse talent
- Empower faculty/staff and improve morale
- Collect insights into diverse areas
- Correlate to student performance and sense of belonging
- Increase opportunities for all students to engage with diverse faculty
- Promote experiences of diverse curriculum and programs
- Develop strategic initiatives to attract excellent faculty and staff
- Establish equity in the search process
- Consider mentorship among students and faculty and staff
- Provide varied curriculum and programs
- Promote of an inclusive campus community
- Consider strategies to retain faculty and staff (I.e., mentorship, awards, professional development, and campus climate)
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.
Rabia Khan Harvey, M.Ed., MSHR
Senior Learning and Development Manager, Academic Impressions
Rabia is a Senior Learning and Development Manager for our Title IX Compliance and Diversity/Equity/Inclusion domains. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Elmhurst College and is a double-alum of Loyola University Chicago with a Master’s in both Higher Education and Human Resources. She has over 20 years of professional experience in Student Affairs, primarily in student housing and Title IX.
SEPTEMBER 17 - DECEMBER 17, 2021
This event is sold out.
JANUARY 14 - APRIL 22, 2022
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET
Questions About the Event?
Rabia Khan Harvey
Senior Learning & Development Manager, Academic Impressions