Leading With an Equity-Mindset as a Department Chair

ONLINE BOOTCAMP

Leading With an Equity-Mindset as a Department Chair

 

September 30, 2022 – January 20, 2023
Individual Dates: September 30, October 7, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, 2022 and January 20, 2023

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

Overview

Leading as a Department Chair requires attention and focus to ensure that your community—faculty, staff and students—feels heard, valued and included in meaningful ways in the day-to-day functions of your department. This requires an equity-minded perspective as a foundation of your leadership. As a Chair with your own intersecting identities—identities that impact the power dynamics and your own approach to leadership—you have the unique opportunity to lead from a position of influence where you can help to shape policies, practices, and the mindsets of others in a way that fosters a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and 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 begin 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 program, you’ll explore topics such as:

  • How can I develop and deepen an equity-minded perspective?
  • 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 I illuminate and respond to inequities and lack of inclusion in policies and practices?
  • How can I effectively make a case for changes related to equity and inclusion and bring others along with me in this work?

To help you translate insights from the program 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 are able to navigate your most difficult DEI challenges.

 

A Highly Personalized Experience

Your registration for this program includes the opportunity to receive feedback from peers and instructors on your department’s equity plan, which you will also create during this program. To preserve the intimate and interactive nature of this training, the program 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 program
  • 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 program 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 program is for you.

If possible, we recommend that teams of Department Chairs or Program Directors from the same institution join this program. Institutional collaboration helps to create a community of shared understanding and action for equity and inclusion across your campus. Please contact Lisa Lafflam at lisa.lafflam@academicimpressions.com for more information about group registrations.

Not a Chair or Program Director? Please note that the content and learning outcomes of this program are specifically tailored to Chairs and Program Directors. If you’re a Dean, Associate Dean, or a higher-ed professional from an administrative background, we encourage you to sign up for one of our other intensive cohort-based experiences. instead—such as:

 

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OUTLINE

September 30, 2022 – January 20, 2023
Individual Dates: September 30, October 7, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, 2022 and January 20, 2023

 

Session 1: Sharing A Foundational Viewpoint

September 30, 2022, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
You’ll begin the program 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 view to an institutional one?
  • What does an equitable and inclusive department look and feel like? How might it function?

 


 

Session 2: Becoming an Equitable and Inclusive Department Chair

October 7, 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 to have on hand about yourself? About others in the department? Or others in the institution?
  • What policies/practices most directly impact equity/inclusion at the department level?
  • How can you effectively communicate your commitment to equity and inclusion, as well as the changes needed to enhance it as a priority, for faculty, upper administration, and students?

Note: There will be no session the week of October 10, 2022.

 


 

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

October 21, 2022, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
As part of your existing work, it is likely that you already recognize inequities in workloads, commitments, attitudes and behaviors with faculty and staff across your department, and that you actively seek to resolve them. 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-focused 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 inclusion lens?

 


 

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

October 28, 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

November 4, 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 inclusion lens?
  • How can you respond to students who are not succeeding academically from an equity and inclusion lens?
  • How can you support all student majors to thrive from an equity and inclusion lens?
  • How can you develop and/or refresh curricula to be more inclusive and equitable?

 


 

Session 6: Making the Case for Equity and Inclusion

November 11, 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 in addressing equity gaps?
  • How can you use policy to avoid lawsuits and other grievances?

 


 

Session 7: Involving Others in Equity and Inclusion

November 18, 2022, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
This session will continue the dialogue from Session 6 and provide you with the opportunity to focus on how to engage others in your DEI efforts—especially in cases where there is a scarcity mindset. Here, 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 with the time and space to focus on creating your department’s own equity plan.

 


 

Session 8: Getting Started

January 20, 2023, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET
In this final session, you’ll apply the lessons learned in this bootcamp to your own 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 aspects 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?

INSTRUCTORS

Portrait of Maria Thompson

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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Lisa Lafflam
Senior Learning & Development Manager,
Academic Impressions

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