Create a Culture of Cross-Campus Open Dialogue

Create a Culture of Cross-Campus Open Dialogue

October 13, 2020 | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Learn how to engage your toughest critics to build a culture of cross-campus dialogue and belonging.


The current Black Lives Matter movement and the fallout from COVID-19 have higher ed leaders searching for constructive ways to engage students, faculty, and staff in dialogue about difficult issues. Listening to underrepresented voices and creating space for healthy exchange is critical for building an engaged community and maintaining a positive campus climate. There are no easy answers, but campus dialogue is a tool to help start the conversation.

Join us online for this two-hour workshop to learn what it means to have a culture of campus dialogue. Our experts from Case Western Reserve University will share insights and lessons learned from their experience building such a culture at their institution. You will learn how they went about increasing leadership buy-in, enhancing cross-campus collaboration, educating others about the benefits of open dialogue, and creating a formal program. We will close with an exercise to help you craft a message and align it with various stakeholder priorities so you can begin building a culture of dialogue on your own campus.


Who Should Attend

This virtual workshop is recommended for anyone in higher education looking to create open dialogue on campus. If you want to start or accelerate an open dialogue initiative on your campus and/or if you think your institution could benefit from an initiative that increases student belonging, this workshop is ideal for you.

We highly encourage campus teams or units to attend together to support shared learning and the collaborative nature of this initiative.

The Academic Impressions Virtual Workshop Experience

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to exploring responsive issues in higher education. Our virtual workshops provide you with an active learning environment and an online space where you can explore ideas, get inspired by what your peers are doing, and understand the range of possibilities around a certain topic. Depending on what you need to solve a specific challenge at your institution, you will have the chance to gain ideas, plans, refinements, or connections with those undergoing the same challenges as you. You will leave these sessions with practical solutions that you can take back to your team or task force.

What you will get:

  • Learn from what your peers are doing across the nation
  • Gather unique and creative approaches that you may not have thought about
  • Validate and vet plans and priorities
  • Contribute your ideas and help shape the conversation
  • Get work done in a space that’s designed to help you reflect, be creative, and maintain focus on the issue
  • Connect with subject matter experts who steer the conversation and add value
  • Experience expert facilitation to ensure practical outcomes and takeaways

As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds nationally, it is so important to keep connecting and networking with your peers - at a “social distance” - and to keep learning and developing as higher-ed leaders and professionals. Don’t let social distancing and quarantines prevent you from setting aside time for professional development. Everything is changing so fast; more than ever, we need to be pooling our resources and knowledge and finding the best ways to develop our capacity, connect and share with each other, and move forward during a challenging time.


October 13, 2020

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern

Our expert instructors will guide you through the following discussions and activities. You will walk away with tips for how to get started on your own campus in each of the following areas:


  • What is Campus Dialogue?

Learn what campus dialogue looks and feels like and how it can impact you and your students.



  • Creating a Culture of Campus Dialogue

Our presenters will share tips and strategies for how they capitalized on timing, gained leadership buy-in, and built cross-campus collaboration.



  • Group Activity and Debrief

You will have an opportunity to practice how to identify your stakeholder needs and craft a customized message that aligns with their priorities.



  • Informal Reception

You will have the opportunity to connect more informally and share reflections about the current climate and open dialogue on your campuses.


Portrait of Edwin Mayes

Edwin Mayes

Director, First-Year Experience & Family Programs, Case Western Reserve University

As director, Edwin is responsible for the leadership and vision of programs for first year and transfer students and parents and families. He works closely with the student success initiative, enrollment management, residence life, and other internal and external partners to support students’ successful transition from high school through their first year at the university.

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Portrait of Naomi SIgg

Naomi Sigg

Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Case Western Reserve University

Naomi plays a major role in the development of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives on campus. She serves as the Co-Chair of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Board, Think Forum Advisory Board, and is a member of several university committees including the Diversity Leadership Council, the President’s Advisory Council on Minorities, and Alianza Latina/Latino Alliance, the Latinx employee resource group. Naomi is a certified Green Dot Facilitator and Sustained Dialogue Moderator.

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Rabia Khan Harvey
Senior Program Manager, Academic Impressions

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