Courageous Gardening: Equity Minded Leadership in Higher Education


Courageous Gardening: Equity Minded Leadership in Higher Education

Webcast Recorded on January 22, 2024

Develop teams that are people-centered, inclusive, and oriented to excel.

In Courageous Gardening: Equity-Minded Leadership in Higher Education authors Susan C. Turell and Maria Thompson invite you to become a master gardener of your campus or departmental landscape—and provide a practical workbook for doing so. There are no easy tips and tricks here; instead, this workbook guides you to building and sharpening the tools you will need in any situation: an equity mindset. Using the book as a backdrop for this guided conversation, panelists will engage the authors in deconstructing their metaphor of the campus as a garden to develop more equity-minded teams. Whether you’ve read the book or not, this conversation will offer wonderful insights into meaningful approaches to increased cohesion and professional development.

Using the metaphor of the campus as a garden, authors and readers will discuss ways to break down the challenging task of dismantling inequities to create more inclusive teams. By sharing their experiences, Drs Altheia Richardson and Katie Lampley will engage the authors in a more detailed discussion on effective ways to both weed and nurture your workplace garden in order to maximize team outputs through intentional engagement and development.


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This program is ideal for administrative, professional, and faculty leaders who desire to optimize engagement and retention on their teams.

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Katie Lampley

Vice President and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Bentley University
Katie Penn Lampley, Ph.D., is an organizational development and diversity, equity, and inclusion practitioner with 25+ years of experience in various industries—most notably, in Higher Education and Financial Services. As VP and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Bentley University, Katie leads institution-wide strategic efforts to advance the University’s commitment to inclusive excellence. Read full bio.

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Altheia Richardson

Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, Newberry College
Dr. Altheia Richardson’s career in higher education has spanned over 30 years, primarily focused on making the institutions at which she has worked to be more diverse, equitable and inclusive. While at Clemson University, Dr. Richardson was afforded the unique opportunity to develop and lead the first Multicultural Affairs Department in 1996. She led this organization (currently known as the Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Multicultural Center) in its many forms for 22 years. Read full bio.

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Maria Thompson, Ph.D.

Executive Coach and Leadership Coach
Maria is a career educator whose work experience spans a variety of institutional categories, including research universities, comprehensive universities, land-grant universities, and urban-located and rural-located, HBCUs, and PWIs. She served as President and CEO of Coppin State University (CSU) and was the first woman to be installed as president. Prior to her appointment at CSU, she was Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oneonta—the first African American in the role.Read full bio.

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Susan C. Turell, Ph.D.

Executive and Leadership Coach
In higher education for 30 years, Susan brings a passion to her work for supporting people and designing and implementing effective processes, all striving toward an equity-minded perspective. Her goal is to synthesize best practices and approaches to help shift 21st-century higher education toward becoming equitable and inclusive.Read full bio.

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Sandra Miles, PhD
Head of Practice for Diversity/Equity/Inclusion,
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