Leading with a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Mindset: A Bootcamp for Department Chairs


Leading With a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Mindset: A Bootcamp for Department Chairs


January 14 – April 1, 2022

Individual Dates: January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1

Ensure that diversity, equity and inclusion are top of mind in everything you do.


Leading as a Department Chair requires attention and focus to ensure your community— faculty, staff and students— feel heard, valued and included in meaningful ways in the day-to-day functions of your department. You have the unique opportunity to lead from a position of influence where you can help shape policies, practices, and the mindsets of others in a way that fosters a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). It is important work, and you likely have many questions about how to ensure your efforts have a long-lasting impact.

Join us online to discuss ways that you can foster a mindset of DEI in yourself and across your department. Alongside a small cohort of other department chairs, you’ll develop a shared language around DEI from an anti-racism lens— a lens that you can then apply to traditionally excluded populations. You will also learn how to analyze policies and practices within your department that are most impacted by equity and inclusion (or the lack thereof), and you’ll brainstorm ways to mitigate barriers that prevent you from creating an equitable and inclusive culture. During this bootcamp, you’ll explore topics such as:

  • What does an equitable and inclusive department look like and what is my role as chair in advancing equity and inclusion throughout the department?
  • How can you illuminate and respond to inequities and lack of inclusion in policies and practices?
  • How can you effectively make a case for changes related to equity and inclusion and bring others along with you in this work?

To help you translate insights from the bootcamp into actionable outcomes within your department, you’ll create an equity plan for your department. You’ll also have the unique opportunity to get feedback from your instructors and peers on your equity plan, so that you can walk away feeling confident that you can navigate your most difficult DEI challenges.


A Highly Personalized Experience

Your registration for this bootcamp includes the opportunity to receive feedback from peers and instructors on your department’s equity plan, which you will also create during this bootcamp. To preserve the intimate and interactive nature of this training, the bootcamp is limited to 22 participants. Register early to reserve your spot!


What You Will Get

  • Eight 2-hour live online sessions with interactive discussions and activities with your instructors and peers.
  • A collection of worksheets and case studies to guide your reflection, discussion and practice during and after the bootcamp.
  • A short hiatus during the program, which will provide you the time and space to focus on creating your department’s equity plan.
  • Feedback from instructors and peers to help you refine your equity plan.
  • The opportunity to extend your network and dialogue with other department chairs who are experiencing similar challenges and opportunities.


Who Should Attend

This bootcamp is designed for Department Chairs and Program Directors of any/all experience levels who are committed to the creation of an inclusive and equitable climate throughout the department, especially when others may not exhibit the same commitment. If you’re looking to dialogue about your most important DEI efforts, this bootcamp is for you.


Follow Through With Success Coaching

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Academic Impressions has produced thousands of trainings and we have learned that utilizing a coach after attending a bootcamp 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 bootcamps.

  • 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 Bootcamp and add Success Coaching during registration.

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January 14 – April 1, 2022

Individual Dates: January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1


Session 1: Sharing A Foundational Viewpoint

January 14, 2022 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
You’ll begin the bootcamp by learning to shift your DEI efforts from an individual lens to an institutional lens, so that you can build a preliminary understanding of what it means to be anti-racist in meaningful ways at the institutional level. You’ll discuss the following:

  • What are diversity, equity, and inclusion?
  • How can you begin to shift from an interpersonal to an institutional view?
  • What does an equitable and inclusive department look and feel like? How might it function?



Session 2: Becoming an Equitable and Inclusive Department Chair

January 21, 2022 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
In order to move your DEI efforts forward, you need to understand your role as influencer in developing an equitable and inclusive climate across your department. You’ll discuss the following:

  • What is the role of a chair in advancing equity and inclusion in a department?
  • What data do you need about yourself? Others in the department? Others in the institution?
  • What policies/practices most directly impact equity/inclusion at the department level?
  • How can you effectively communicate your commitment to and changes needed about equity and inclusion to faculty, upper administration, and students?



Session 3: Navigating Faculty and Staff Conflicts with an Equity and Inclusion Lens

January 28, 2022 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
You likely recognize and need to respond to inequities in workloads, commitments, attitudes and behaviors with faculty and staff across your department. In this session, you’ll discuss how to respond to these situations by exploring the following:

  • How can you respond with an equity and inclusion approach in situations when faculty and staff are behaving unprofessionally or unethically?
  • How can you effectively manage or resolve conflicts between faculty or colleagues in a way that promotes equity and inclusion?
  • How can you examine and implement workloads from an equity and inclusive lens?



Session 4: Building Equity and Inclusion into Hiring, Promotion and Tenure, Evaluation and Retention Practices

February 4, 2022 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
Elaborating on the conversation from Session 3, you’ll explore how you can promote and perform equitable policies and practices related to:

  • Hiring
  • Promotion and Tenure
  • Annual Evaluations
  • Retention



Session 5: Fostering Student Success as a Result of Equity and Inclusion

February 11, 2022 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
As Chair, you have a commitment to student success, and thus your DEI efforts must also be extended to practices and policies that impact your student body. In this session, you’ll discuss the following:

  • How can you respond to students’ behavioral issues through an equity and inclusive lens?
  • How can you respond to students who are not succeeding academically from an equity and inclusive lens?
  • How can you support all student majors to thrive from an equity and inclusive lens?
  • How can you develop and/or refresh curricula to be inclusive and equitable?



Session 6: Making the Case for Equity and Inclusion

February 18, 2022 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
It’s now time to focus on ways you can influence and motivate others to help you affect change. In this session, you’ll begin by focusing on ways to communicate the importance of equity and inclusion throughout the department. You’ll discuss the following:

  • How do you approach and communicate the need for policy development and revisions?
  • How can you effectively use data to support department progress toward equity and inclusion?
  • How can you make assessment of student learning effective and useful to address equity gaps?
  • How can you use policy to avoid lawsuits and other grievances?



Session 7: Involving Others in Equity and Inclusion

February 25, 2022 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
This session will continue the dialogue from Session 6 and give you the opportunity to focus on how to engage others in your DEI efforts, especially in cases where there is a scarcity mindset. You’ll discuss how you can best approach equity and inclusion issues with:

  • The Dean
  • Other administrators on campus
  • Other chairs in the college or your peers in general


Note: There will be a short hiatus during the program, which will provide you the time and space to focus on creating your department’s equity plan.



Session 8: Getting Started

April 1, 2022 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
In this final session, you’ll apply the lessons learned in this bootcamp to your unique context by sharing your equity plan with others and getting feedback to help you move it forward. In this final session, you’ll be able to answer the following questions:

  • What are the obvious equity/inclusivity gaps in your department?
  • What do you have influence over?
  • What practices and policies have you identified that need modification to be truly inclusive and/or equitable and how can you get started in making progress on them?


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Maria Thompson, Ph.D.

President and CEO, Retired, Coppin State University

Maria is a career educator whose work experience spans a variety of institutional categories, including research universities, comprehensive universities, land-grant universities, urban located, rural located, HBCUs, and PWIs. She was president and CEO of Coppin State University (CSU), provost and vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York (SUNY), and vice president for research and sponsored programs at Tennessee State University.

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Susan C. Turell, Ph.D.

Former Provost, Marywood University

In higher education for 29 years, Susan brings a passion to her work for supporting people and designing and implementing effective processes. She served in leadership as a department chair, associate provost, dean, and provost. She brings those experiences, as well as her training and practice as a psychologist, to synthesize best practices and approaches in a new paradigm about what it means to be an effective leader in 21st century higher education. A seasoned administrator who is a teacher at heart, Susan welcomes the opportunity to share her learnings with new and aspiring leaders to strengthen their leadership skills, encourage their optimism, and support their vision for new possibilities.

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