DEI as a Leadership Construct: Inclusive Leadership Strategies for Higher Education

DEI as a Leadership Construct: Inclusive Leadership Strategies for Higher Education

January 24-26, 2023

Embrace more inclusive leadership practices and incorporate them into your own campus community leadership.

Overview

Many college campuses view diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) competencies as separate and apart from general leadership competencies. While striving to recruit a diverse workforce, many campuses fall short in recruiting or promoting leaders who obtain the specific skillset of leading from an inclusive lens.

This virtual conference is designed to give you a variety of tools to better support your entire workforce and to give yourself and the diverse team you supervise the best chance for success. Using Academic Impressions’ 5 Paths to Leadership Self-Assessment and doing a deep dive into Deloitte’s Six Signature Traits of Inclusive Leadership, you will receive tools for reflection, while also putting into practice an inclusive leadership framework. Additionally, speakers will highlight their own experiences and approaches in proactively building a leadership toolbox with DEI in mind—as well as the strengths that a diverse team brings to their campuses.

By participating in this event, you will learn how to:

  • Take an intersectional approach to break down barriers to professional success.
  • Create connections with staff from various backgrounds.
  • Build a network of diverse colleagues to help leaders navigate the complexity of building bridges across difference.
  • Define success and develop “mile-markers” for developing an inclusive culture.
  • Explore funding models to support inclusive leadership trainings for all leaders on your campus.

 

Who Should Attend

This virtual conference is ideal for professionals who currently lead or aspire to lead at all levels—whether from community colleges, two-year, or four-year institutions. In addition, we recommend attendance from leaders in the following areas:

  • Academic Affairs
  • Student Affairs
  • Enrollment Management
  • Admissions
  • Office of the President
  • DEI
  • Advancement

 

Follow Through With Success Coaching

Have you ever gone to a training only to find that you came back with great ideas but don’t have the time, support, or skills needed to make the changes?

Academic Impressions has produced thousands of trainings and we have learned that utilizing a coach after attending a conference helps provide accountability and bridges the training with the on-the-ground work of getting the job done.

As a result, we are now offering success coaching on select conferences.

  • Purchase this training + 3 one hour follow up success coaching calls
  • Work with an assigned coach who has extensive experience in higher ed.
  • Get individualized support to help you follow through on what you’ve learned.
  • Workshop your plans, run your ideas by someone and get additional help/practice.

To get success coaching, simply purchase the Conference and add Success Coaching during registration.

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The Academic Impressions Online Learning Experience

Intentionally Designed
Online Learning

Our virtual trainings go far beyond just replicating PowerPoint presentations online: these experiences are intentionally designed to give you the kind of robust and dynamic learning experience you’ve come to expect from Academic Impressions. These trainings 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. You will leave these sessions with practical solutions that you can take back to your team or task force.

What you will get:

  • A dynamic, interactive, and high-touch virtual learning experience designed to engage and set you up for growth
  • Seamless online face-time, networking, group work, and Q&A opportunities from the comfort of your own workspace
  • Practical takeaways and hands-on knowledge
  • Guidance from vetted subject matter experts

See What Our Attendees are Saying

“The virtual design of this conference coupled with the amazing work of our program manager promoted a high level of engagement and sense of community among attendees. The speakers were knowledgeable and enthusiastic to share their experiences. It was a refreshing shift from long days of traditional meetings on Zoom!”

“This is the first time I’ve ever attended a virtual conference, and to be honest, I had low expectations. Well, I was wrong. I am very impressed with the platform used and the quality of the content shared. Oftentimes, these conferences only talk about ideas and what could work, but at this event, actual pathways and practical next steps were shared. Academic Impressions did a great job featuring quality speakers who were willing to share what they know.”

“Although the workshop was online, it felt as if the presenters were right there with us. All presenters were knowledgeable and really related the content to real work experiences. They were so willing to answer questions and offer assistance—I learned so much that I can apply.”

“Many conferences leave you with learning but not always sure how to turn that into action for your organization. There were actionable tips shared throughout the two days and tools provided to help move the learning into action. I am always impressed with Academic Impressions conferences and this virtual one did not disappoint.”

"At first, I was skeptical that a virtual conference was capable of being both engaging and informational - but Academic Impressions has mastered it! The 3-day online event was structured in a creative way that all participants had multiple opportunities to interact with each other and the presenters. No one's questions went unheard or unanswered. Thank you for this great experience, it has changed my view of virtual conferences and I look forward to attending more in the future."

- Desiree Ford, Digital Communications Manager, Binghamton University

“The virtual conference has been amazing. The presenters have all been great and the information they’ve provided is going to help us better use our social media. Even though this conference had to be virtualized due to COVID-19, the online format has been set up in a way that we can all collaborate and share ideas. I’m very eager to take what I’ve learned back to campus and start implementing new ideas.”

- Chris Forde, Coordinator of Marketing & Public Information, Lincoln Trail College

AGENDA

Day 1 – January 24, 2023

12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Eastern TIme

 

Welcome and Introductions

12:00 – 12:15 p.m. ET

 


 

The 5 Paths to Leadership Self-Assessment

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
In this opening session, you will have the opportunity to examine and analyze the results from your “Five Paths” leadership self-assessment to identify your unique leadership strengths under “normal” circumstances vs. under highly stressful ones.

 


 

Short Break

1:30 – 1:45 p.m. ET

 


 

Situational Leadership and Intersectionality

1:45 – 3:00 p.m. ET
The situational leadership model will be presented through a lens of intersectionality. This approach will help you to broaden current approaches and interrupt the natural inclination to “treat everyone the same.”

 


 

Long Break

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET

 


 

The 6 Signature Traits of Inclusive Leadership

3:30 – 4:15 p.m. ET
In this session, you will receive a brief overview of the findings of a global research study that serve as the guiding principles for this conference.

 


 

Day 1 Wrap-Up

4:15 – 4:30 p.m. ET
As we conclude our first day together, you will have an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers and connect with other attendees around shared challenges and opportunities.

 


Day 2 – January 25, 2023

12:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. | Eastern TIme

 

Day 2 Reflect & Reset of Day One

12:00 – 12:15 p.m. ET

 


 

Deconstructing Bias Through Awareness

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. ET
In this session, you will learn about various types of bias (i.e., implicit bias, similarity-attraction bias, in-group favoritism, etc.) and how they may show up in your everyday interactions and influence your decisions. Having a cognizance of various types of bias will help with being intentional in future leadership behavior.

 


 

Short Break

1:15 – 1:30 p.m. ET

 


 

What is Your Commitment? Leading Inclusively on Purpose

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET
Accountability partners can make a huge difference. During this time, you will have the opportunity to connect in small groups and brainstorm actionable ways that you can begin to exhibit a commitment to DEI in your everyday interactions with your colleagues and team.

 


 

Long Break

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. ET

 


 

Curiosity and Cultural Competency: There’s No Need to Fear the Unknown

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET
In this session, you will be presented with meaningful and respectful ways to learn about other cultures and/or let others know you are “open” to teach about your personal experiences. You will also have the opportunity to connect in small groups and brainstorm appropriate “ice-breakers” for connecting with colleagues and staff that you may want to learn from in the future.

 


 

Day 2 Wrap-Up

4:00 – 4:15 p.m. ET
As we conclude our second day together, you will have an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers and connect with other attendees around shared challenges and opportunities.

 


 

Optional Networking Reception

4:15 – 4:45 p.m. ET
This informal reception is your chance to decompress and expand your network of connections. Use this time to unwind and pop around to various breakout rooms to engage in deeper conversation with like-minded (or maybe not so like-minded) individuals.

 


 

Day 3 – January 26, 2023

12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Eastern TIme

 

Day 3 Refresh & Reset

12:00 – 12:15 p.m. ET

 


 

Courage Under Fire: Inclusive Leaders Can Challenge AND Be Challenged

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. ET
In this session, you will receive tools for effective communication and active listening. Participants will also work through a case study to practice the skills presented.

 


 

Short Break

1:15 – 1:30 p.m. ET

 


 

Collaboration: A Major Key to Inclusivity

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Creating psychological safety is critical for inclusive leaders. In this final session of the conference, learn how to create environments that encourage everyone to be themselves, and to contribute and embrace the shared vision and goals associated with being an inclusive team.

 


 

Conference Wrap-Up and Evaluations

3:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET
As we conclude our final day together, you will have an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers and connect with other attendees around shared challenges and opportunities.

 


SPEAKERS

Headshot of Matt Souza

Matt Souza

Founder and Donor Advisor of the Irwin Financial Foundation Donor Advised Fund at Heritage Fund

Matt is a Founder and Donor Advisor of the Irwin Financial Foundation Donor Advised Fund at Heritage Fund, the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County. He also manages a private scholarship fund that pays the tuition and fees of over 100 undocumented Latino students who seek to complete degrees in higher education. In June of 2021, Matt retired from his role as Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor and Dean at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (2010 to 2021).

Read Matt's Full Bio.

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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.

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Jess Landis

Senior Learning and Development Manager

As a Senior Learning and Development Manager at Academic Impressions, Jess leads AI’s strategy and content development for our inclusive leadership and women’s leadership programs, creating engaging learning experiences for faculty and staff to expand their self-awareness, work effectively and mindfully with others, build high-performing teams, and collaboratively lead strategic initiatives.

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Dr. Kevin Sansberry, II

Behavioral Scientist and Executive Coach, KEVRA: The Culture Company

Dr. Kevin Sansberry II is a behavioral scientist and executive coach whose inspiring work is driven by the need for evidence-based, inclusive and equitable approaches to urgently and proactively transform and coach leaders, eradicating toxic behaviors that threaten profitability, innovation and the overall wellbeing. He is an impactful executive coach, focused on providing providing research-informed solutions in various settings such as professional sports, higher education, nonprofit, sales, and other large complex organizations.

Read Kevin's Full Bio.

The recording for this virtual conference will not be shared. Please only register if you are planning to attend the live sessions.

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  • 3 one hour follow up success coaching calls
  • Work with an assigned coach who has extensive experience in higher ed
  • Get individualized support to help you follow through on what you've learned
  • Workshop your plans, run your ideas by someone and get additional help/practice

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

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