Communicating Effectively about Instances of Bias or Discrimination



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Improve the quality of your campus communication on bias or discrimination issues by clarifying the Chief Diversity Officer and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer’s roles.


In recent years, there has been an uptick in egregious biased or discriminatory incidents that have caught the attention of news and media outlets. When such instances occur, institutions must issue a timely communication quickly, and Chief Diversity and Marketing and Communication Officers are often the ones in charge of formulating the response. However, in the pressure of the moment, it can be difficult to keep communication aligned, maintain focus, and develop a clear plan of action. But each of these aspects is critically important to ensuring that you can collaborate seamlessly, and that you can execute notices in a responsible and timely fashion.

Join us for this live online event to discuss how you, as the Chief Diversity Officer or Marketing and Communication Officer, can co-lead in times of crisis in order to issue timely communication regarding biased or discriminatory incidents as targeted at historically minoritized groups during prominent or local events. In this training, you will explore the decision-making influence you should have and will also learn how each of your areas of expertise can be most strongly leveraged. Specifically, we will address how to:

  • Clarify the roles of the Chief Diversity and Marketing and Communications Officers in these high-pressure situations
  • Identify strategies that help determine the appropriate leadership response
  • Determine what should (and should not) be included in a timely communication

Our expert instructors will guide you through examples of both effective and ineffective timely communication in order to analyze what worked well and what could have been improved. They will share their best practices, pitfalls to avoid, and advice on how these two leadership roles can work effectively together when local, regional, or national crises are unfolding.


Who Should Attend

Chief Diversity Officers, Marketing and Communications Officers, and other key stakeholders who are interested in understanding the influence and decision-making authority of these two critical roles while discussing biased or discriminatory incidents will benefit from this training. 

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  • A dynamic, interactive, and high-touch virtual learning experience designed to engage and set you up for growth
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  • Guidance from vetted subject matter experts
  • Unlimited access to all recorded online sessions


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Julian R. Williams, J.D.

Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, University of South Carolina

Julian R. Williams was appointed as the University of South Carolina’s first Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in June 2020.

In this role he serves as the university’s Chief Diversity Officer and leads the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI). Reporting directly to the President, the VP/DEI is responsible for providing vision and leadership for diversity and inclusion efforts across the university. This role capitalizes on the varied ways DEI are and can be embedded in the university’s curriculum, infrastructure, policies, and programs.

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Renell Wynn

Vice President for Communications, Wesleyan University

Renell brings more than 15 years of substantial executive experience, driving the communications and marketing strategies of some of the most prestigious universities in the United States by helping research institutions to advance the human condition through service, care, research, teaching and learning. Currently, she is Vice President for Communications at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.

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