Build a more equitable environment for the community of students, faculty, and staff within your higher education institution by developing a sustainable practice to confront racism through anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
Equity audits and climate assessments continue to reveal evidence of equity gaps within the higher education community. These institutions must respond to racism within their communities by developing and enacting concrete and fully accountable plans and strategies to create equitable working and learning environments for students, faculty, and staff.
Work on anti-racism is an ongoing process that should not rest on the shoulders of BIPOC (black, Indigenous and people of color) higher education leaders. Bravely Confronting Racism in Higher Education is a new program that will enable participants to effectively confront issues of inequality and racism within higher education from various perspectives. By the end of the program, participants will have a community of support, a greater sense of empathy, and sustainable practice components for themselves, their units, and to bring back to their community.
During this four-week virtual learning experience, participants will meet twice a week to engage with practical tools and frameworks that focus on the behavioral aspects of a sustainable practice. Program structure includes live synchronous learning and provides participants with an opportunity to begin development of an action plan. There will also be a post-program webinar so that participants have the opportunity to reflect and review their progress on plan implementation and reinforcement, engage with fellow cohort members, and maintain connections with this community of support.
Specific activities include:
- Pre-work and in-program readings
- Interactive sessions
- Breakout sessions
- Peer engagements
- Faculty-led discussions
Schedule for Live Sessions
If possible, we highly encourage you to attend the live program orientation session on Wednesday, October 12, 2022: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET, as it will be a valuable opportunity for face-to-face connection with fellow students and faculty. If you are unable to participate in the live event, we encourage you to watch the orientation recording, as the session will include useful introductory content and insights from the community.
Live sessions with faculty will be held on the following dates from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET.
- Monday, October 18, 2021
- Wednesday, October 20, 2021
- Monday, October 25, 2021
- Wednesday, October 27, 2021
- Monday, November 1, 2021
- Wednesday, November 3, 2021
- Monday, November 8, 2021
- Wednesday, November 10, 2021
- Delve into the history of racism and inequality in higher education and examine the methods necessary to integrate diversity and inclusion endeavors into programs and institutions
- Develop a deeper understanding of anti-racism and its manifestation within higher education systems, policies, practices, and attitudes
- Discuss and clarify the various components of a practical and sustainable practice of anti-racism in higher education that can be distributed and re-enforced by leadership
- Explore a range of individual and institutional interventions to address racism, as well as learn skills to intentionally engage with a community of support through meaningful dialogue.
Who Should Attend
- Higher education leaders working in the following capacities:
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Student Affairs, Alumni Relations
- Academic Affairs, Admissions
- Human Resources, Information Technology, and Finance/Administration
- Department Chairs
- Higher education practitioners, with or without experience addressing anti-racism