Perspectives from Underrepresented Women in Higher Ed Leadership (Virtual Workshop)



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Share your story and learn tools to navigate racial conversations at your institution.



In recent months, we have seen a monumental shift in how we elevate the voices and perspectives of underrepresented women. Responses to this movement have been historical: renaming buildings, taking a hard look at how systemic racism has impacted our colleagues, and expanding what anti-racism looks like in our day-to-day lives.

This virtual training is designed to help you maintain this momentum at your institution. The training is divided into two sessions:

  • Session 1: Explore how you can define and share your unique strengths in an authentic and credible way.
  • Session 2: Discuss how you can take an active role in racial conversations at your institution while also maintaining boundaries and self-care.


Who Should Attend

This training is designed for:

  • Underrepresented women at any stage of their career. If you are an underrepresented woman who is interested in learning how to use your unique stories and experiences to help you lead from a place of greater authenticity and confidence, this webcast is for you!
  • Emerging leaders who need help finding and using their leadership voice so that they can overcome barriers smoothly and quickly as they rise in leadership.
  • Experienced leaders who may be looking to expand their voice as an advocate for other under-represented women and/or boost their own confidence by learning how to make sure their own voice is heard.

The Academic Impressions Online Learning Experience

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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
  • Unlimited access to all recorded online sessions


October 6, 2020

12:00 - 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time


Session 1: Sharing Your Story and Experience as an Underrepresented Woman

12:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST
Your story as an underrepresented woman in the academy shapes your approaches to conflict, problem-solving, and decision-making. The perspective of underrepresented women is unique, and yet, too often we discount that unique position – burying it or even rejecting it. Denying our story does a huge disservice to our leadership potential and growth and to those we serve. How can you begin to articulate your story to fully express who you are as a professional and become stronger and more effective? Join us online and learn how to define and share your unique strengths in an authentic and credible way. You will practice identifying, storyboarding, and communicating your past experiences, motivations, and unique perspectives so that you leave with at least one story you can share with others to help you communicate your authentic self.




2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST



Session 2: Tools to Help You Navigate Racial Conversations at Your Institution

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST
In recent times, women of color are finding themselves being asked to take part in or lead conversations about how to create a culturally inclusive campus. While this newfound awareness and openness is appreciated, the constant requests to “educate” co-workers can often lead to being stretched thin and not looking after their own well-being. This 2-hour conversation is designed to provide a safe space to engage with others to affirm experiences and learn tools that to help you:

  • Prioritize Self-care
  • Manage your day-to-day interactions regarding race
  • Navigate how to be a part of a larger movement at your institution without having to shoulder all the responsibility

You will leave with practical tools and strategies that help you increase your resilience, advocate for your needs, create boundaries, and understand how even small negotiations can help you and your institution to make progress in building a supportive, equitable and anti-racist campus climate.


Portrait of Ashley Morris

Ashley Morris

Dean of Business and Professional Services, Savannah Technical College

Goal driven. Student focused. Highly motivated. They are all buzz works that adequately describe Dr. Ashley Morris’ attributes, but do not convey the fullness of her passions. She is committed to the process of learning. In each of her vocations, she strives to expose others to educational opportunities that meet their needs and help them see the benefit in lifelong learning.

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Portrait of Adrienne Harrell

Adrienne D. Harrell

Learning & Talent Development Manager, University of California, Santa Cruz

As the Learning and Talent Development Manager for the University of California Santa Cruz, Adrienne Harrell creates avenues for people to learn and grow. Ms. Harrell believes that education transforms lives and throughout her 30 years of service primarily in Higher Education, her professional expertise and personal commitment to creating educational access and opportunity, especially for those from underrepresented communities continues to be realized.

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