Chief Diversity Officer Roundtable: A Cohort-Based Series for Diversity Leaders

Chief Diversity Officer Roundtable: A Cohort-Based Series for Diversity Leaders

September 9 - December 16, 2022 (Virtual) (Sold Out)

January 13 - April 21, 2023 (In-Person & Virtual)

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 12 attendees.

Can’t attend all sessions?

No problem. However, if you register for the September 2022 virtual cohort, we recommend attending at least six virtual sessions to get the most value out of the experience. If you register for the hybrid cohort that begins in January 2023, we strongly recommend that you participate in the in-person kickoff event in Denver, CO and then at least six virtual 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 nine 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 9 - December 16, 2022 (Sold Out)

All Sessions Virtual

Roundtable | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET

September 9th to December 16th, biweekly meetings on Fridays

  • September 9
  • September 23
  • October 7
  • October 21
  • November 4
  • November 18
  • December 2
  • December 16

January 13 - April 21, 2023

In-Person and Virtual Sessions

To facilitate community and trust-building among the cohort from the get-go, the roundtable will kick off with a half-day in-person strategy session in Denver, Colorado on Friday, January 13th. Seven weekly, hour-long virtual sessions will follow, running from late January to late April.

Session 1 (In-person): Friday, January 13, 2023
  • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. MT (local time in Denver, CO)
  • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. MT: Lunch (provided)
  • 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. MT: CDO Roundtable Session
  • 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. MT: Networking Reception
Virtual Sessions | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET
  • Session 2 (Virtual): January 27, 2023
  • Session 3 (Virtual): February 10, 2023
  • Session 4 (Virtual): February 24, 2023
  • Session 5 (Virtual): March 10, 2023
  • Session 6 (Virtual): March 24, 2023
  • Session 7 (Virtual): April 7, 2023
  • Session 8 (Virtual): April 21, 2023

Your attendance at the in-person kickoff session is strongly recommended and will be conducted at Academic Impressions’ Denver-based office at:
5299 DTC Blvd, Suite 1400, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Nearby Hotel Suggestions

Hyatt Place Denver Tech Center – 3-star hotel
8300 E Crescent Pkwy, Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Distance from office: 0.5 miles if driving, 0.3 miles if walking

Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center – 4-star hotel
7800 E Tufts Ave, Denver, CO 80237
Distance from office: 1.1 miles

Denver Marriott Tech Center – 4-star hotel
4900 S Syracuse St, Denver, CO 80237
Distance from office: 0.9-1.2 miles, depending on route

COVID Protocol For Denver Kickoff on Friday, January 13, 2023

As a health and safety protocol, we will be asking everyone to provide proof of a negative COVID test within 48 hours of the event in Denver. 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.

To preserve an intimate and productive experience, each roundtable will be capped at 10 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:

Understanding and Developing your Inclusive Excellence Ecosystem
  • Develop an inclusive approach
  • Strategic planning and partnerships
  • Introduce new initiatives
  • Establish a centralized and decentralized approach
  • Align within ethos of your campus



Inclusive Leadership
  • 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



Increase your Institution’s Cultural Intelligence
  • 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



Culturally-Responsive Teaching
  • 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
Affinity Groups
  • 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



Faculty and Staff Recruitment
  • 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



Faculty and Staff Retention
  • 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)


Professional portrait of Myron Anderson

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, PhD

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.

Read Sandra's Full Bio.


JANUARY 13 - APRIL 21, 2023
(In-Person & Virtual)


per person

Questions About the Event?

Rabia Khan Harvey, Academic Impressions

Rabia Khan Harvey
Senior Learning & Development Manager, Academic Impressions