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THE NATIONAL INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY (NIXLA)

SUMMER 2021 ACCELERATOR SERIES

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The National Inclusive Excellence Leadership Academy Strategic DEI Accelerator Series is designed to help individuals and institutional teams enhance their diversity, equity, and inclusion leadership. Attendees will learn how to build and strengthen DEI plans and initiatives, and enhance cultural competencies.


Led and designed by Dr. Damon A. Williams and a team of experienced educators, scholars, and researchers at NIXLA, these nine online leadership and professional development programs aim to offer essential guidance, resources, and support to everyone from experienced leaders to those just beginning their DEI journey. Faculty, administrators, governance boards, student affairs staff, K-12 independent school leaders, and corporate leaders can all benefit.


The online series takes place in a fast-paced, masterclass learning environment. Online instruction is followed by a break and then moderated, small-group discussion with experts.

Watch this brief video to hear more about the NIXLA from founder Dr. Damon A. Williams, author of Strategic Diversity Leadership and The Chief Diversity Officer.

This 100% online, accelerated leadership and professional development training will sharpen your DEI leadership abilities by:

  • Equipping you with essential information to equitably address new and unique realities with the necessary lens and approach of inclusion and urgency
  • Providing guidance backed by research and nationally-known best practices for creating stronger, more innovative DEI plans, infrastructures of accountability, and initiatives
  • Sharing tools, templates, resources, and readings that will help you manage the new and emerging DEI-related implications of COVID-19 and the renewed focus on race relations

NIXLA ACCELERATOR PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE:

  • Tools and resources designed to support your continued growth and development
  • Access to keynote session recordings for 30 days to review key learnings
  • Exchange of strategies and best practices with DEI leaders at other institutions
  • Access to ongoing special sessions, resources, and discounts as a member of the NIXLA Alumni community
  • A special follow-up coaching session for each team participating in 7 or more sessions
  • A certificate of participation and commemorative gift from NIXLA if you participate in 7 or more sessions

JULY AND AUGUST 2021 ACCELERATOR SESSIONS, TOPICS, AND DESCRIPTIONS

(1) Planning: DEI Plans Can’t Breathe Without AIIR: Accountability, Infrastructure, Incentives, and Resources | A Primer on

DEI Planning and Implementation

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July 6, 2021 | 4-7 PM EST

This session will help leaders carry out a high-caliber DEI planning and implementation process by discussing the launch point of many plans—often DEI campus flashpoints and student activism—all the way through to developing “big-bet", scalable initiatives, ensuring accountability, and the importance of incentives, infrastructure, and resources to effectively drive DEI change. We will also cover anti-racism and its conceptualization within the evolving DEI paradigm on campuses.

The session is designed for:

  • senior leaders, DEI officers, DEI committee chairs, communications leaders, and student affairs leaders working to strategically engage DEI in the academy
  • leaders developing and optimizing plans
  • professionals wanting to get stronger on DEI crisis response

(2) Research: Campus Climate Research Best Practices:

Using Data to Disrupt a Culture of Microaggression and Othering

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July 8, 2021 | 4-7 PM EST

Learn more about how to use high-caliber campus climate data to overcome a culture of microaggression and unconscious bias including guidance around:

  • choosing the right campus climate instrument
  • benefits and opportunities of using an external consultant versus an internal expert
  • how to maximize survey response rate
  • how to use the data to drive anti-racism and equity conversations.


This session is designed for:

  • faculty, staff, and leaders interested in gathering credible social science data and using that data to both power their DEI implementation efforts and establish a stronger accountability toward creating a more equitable and inclusive lived experience in their organizations.
  • All leaders, especially those in higher education.

(3) DEI Concepts: Introduction to Unconscious Bias, Microaggression, and

Anti-Racism

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July 13, 2021 | 4-7 PM EST

A continued exploration of one of our most popular accelerator session topics from 2020, this session is designed for leaders and professionals across all sectors who want to learn more about:

  • Important, relevant DEI terms, concepts, and topic such as unconscious bias, microaggressions, racism, xenophobia—and their impact.
  • The power of micro-affirmations and other techniques, tactics, and tools that demonstrate authentic allyship to others and help combat unconscious bias.
  • Ways to foster belonging with culturally diverse, underrepresented audiences and communities.

(4) Allyship: From Bystander to Up-stander:

The Ally’s Journey of Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

July 15, 2021 | 4-7 PM EST

A continued exploration of another one of our most popular accelerator topics from 2020, Allyship, this session will provide individuals with the tools, language and action steps they can take towards becoming a stronger ally. It will specifically focus into the question of “how to be anti-racist" and understanding the types of language, actions, and behaviors that allies can do and work towards on a daily basis to tackle microaggression, unconscious bias, and systemic legacies of racism and oppression in schools, colleges and universities, companies, government, and nonprofit organizations.

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(5) Teaching: Preparing Faculty to Teach Diverse Generation Z Students:

A Focus on Identity, Curriculum,

and DEI Flashpoints

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July 27, 2021 | 4-7 PM EST

This session will support faculty in strengthening their DEI capabilities in the classroom.

We will define these generational dynamics and their relevance for faculty. We also cover inclusive excellence classroom topics such as policy tools and ways for infusing DEI themes into the curriculum; creating inclusive STEM, social science, humanities, and professional school classroom environments; using principles of intergroup dialogue to discuss hot topics; and how to engage DEI flashpoint moments that occur between students or between students and faculty. We discuss to put into place to support inclusive classroom environments.

(6) CDO Role: DEI Officer Optimization Session: Designing the Role, Finding Top Talent, and Setting Up Officers for Success

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July 29, 2021 | 4-7 pm EST

In this session, we discuss principles of successfully creating a high-caliber diversity officer function for your organization. We cover design principles that work, both at the campus-wide level or in a particular school, college, or department (such as intercollegiate athletics). We also discuss the importance of getting buy-in from both the campus community and leadership for the new role; developing the job description; and techniques for searching, screening, and identifying top talent. Most importantly, we talk about the role of DEI officers in the context of developing an overall DEI plan and lateral infrastructure for success and achieving deeper levels of engagement and commitment to the DEI change journey.

(7) Implementation: Leading DEI Change Efforts in Academic Schools and Colleges, Athletics, Student Affairs, and Other Administrative Divisions

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August 3, 2021 | 4-7 PM EST

This session is uniquely designed for those leaders who must not only lead DEI efforts and change locally under the supervision of their dean or vice president, but who also must align their work to the broader DEI strategy and approach of their institution. It is designed specifically for those in higher education, including department chairs, deans, directors, DEI officers and other leaders guiding DEI efforts in a specific sub-unit within the institutional environment. It will also have relevance for chief DEI officers with campus-wide responsibility, looking to optimize and support the work of DEI efforts in units dispersed across campus.

AUGUST 2021 ACCELERATOR SESSIONS, TOPICS, AND DESCRIPTIONS

(8) Governance: Board Governance, Anti-Racism, and Strategic DEI Leadership:

A Special Session for Board Members, Regents, Trustees, Governors, and Presidents

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 | 4-7 PM EST

This session will cover the most important DEI topics for governance boards to understand in their work providing leadership to colleges and universities. Some topics include understanding the changing DEI paradigm and anti-racism in an era of #BLM; Generation Z activism; DEI risk assessment; strategies to diversify board membership; and DEI scorecards to track progress.

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This session is designed for board members and those senior leaders who support boards. It will be particularly timely for board chairs, board-level DEI committees, presidents, and chief DEI officers tasked with supporting their boards. While helpful for all boards, this session is specifically designed for college and university leaders.

For independent school leaders and faculty interested in strengthening their DEI capacity and in building a more meaningful and multi-dimensional DEI effort at their institution.

(9) K-12: Strategic DEI Leadership and Anti-Racism at K-12 Independent Schools: Strategies for Success and Engagement

Tuesday, August 24, 2021 | 4-7 PM EST

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This session will help independent school leaders looking to build their institutional DEI capacity. The session will feature insights from a recent national study of DEI-inspired activism and institutional response at 25 leading independent schools. Topics will include: understanding the culture of microaggression and othering impacting students of color, assessing the school culture of inclusion and exclusion for BIPOC students, engaging boards and parents on the DEI and anti-racism change journey, and building faculty capacity to better support DEI issues in the classroom and beyond.

(10) BIPOC: Personal Branding and Leadership Strategies for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Professionals | Strategies for Personal Empowerment in a World of Microaggression and Systemic Inequality

Thursday, September 2, 2021 | 4-7 PM EST

This session is designed for BIPOC professionals at all stages of their leadership journey, across sectors. It will especially benefit early- and mid-career professionals looking to define their professional development plan for breakthrough success.

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This session is designed for black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) community members interested in personal leadership development focused on DEI-themed personal branding and achieving professional success. It focuses on developing a plan to strengthen your performance, image, and exposure (PIE); thriving in professional environments despite unconscious bias and microaggression; and building a community of coaches, mentors, and sponsors to support your journey as a professional of color. The session will empower leaders to more powerfully navigate their journey by providing tools to establish a clear agenda for where they want to go in their lives and careers. It will help participants to understand when their situation is untenable and the best and healthiest solution is for them to move on to other opportunities. 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW



  • You can choose to attend one or more (or all) sessions, as either an individual learner or in teams of five.


  • Sessions are designed as half-day (3-hour), standalone learning experiences that take place from 4:00 to 7:00 pm EST in July and August 2021.


  • The first half of each session will begin with a live, ~75-minute virtual lecture and Q&A from a renowned scholar or nationally recognized expert.


  • During the second half the session, all participants attend an interactive, 75-minute online learning community and strategy workshop.

PRICING TIERS and REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS

Individual Learners and

Institutional Teams

can choose to participate in

one, two, three, or all of

these 3-hour accelerators.

Individual Learner

$500............. 1 Accelerator

$1,200............ 3 Accelerators ($400 each)

$2,450............ 7 Accelerators ($350 each)

Each Team of 5 Participants

$2,500............. 1 Accelerator

$6,000........... 3 Accelerators ($400 each)

$12,250............ 7 Accelerators ($350 each)

PRICING TIERS and REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1: Decide whether you will register as an Individual Learner or as an Institutional Team (participating with a team of five).


STEP 2: Select. Scroll down to add individual accelerator sessions or a package of sessions to your cart.


STEP 3: Check out and submit payment. Participation is finalized after your online payment is successfully received. Please contact us if you wish to pay by other than credit card.


IMPORTANT: When purchasing a bundle of 3, identify which bundle by name and/or number in the special instructions field.


For Teams: Leaders who purchase team packages should register themselves and include their other team members' names/emails in the special instructions field.


STEP 4: Email. NIXLA will send out a receipt with the registration link and further reminders to all registrants along with specific guidance and instructions for how to join us for each accelerator.


On the day of your Accelerator: look for an email from NIXLA that includes participation guidance.


After the Accelerator: you will receive curated DEI tools and resources from NIXLA as well as links for 30-day access to the recorded session.

SUMMER 2021 ACCELERATOR SESSIONS

For Individual Learners and Teams

Accelerator #1: DEI Plans Can’t Breathe Without AIIR: Accountability, Infrastructure, Incentives, and Resources | A Primer on DEI Planning and Implementation

July 6, 2021 | 4-7 PM EST

$500.00

Team of 5 | Accelerator #1

$2500.00

Accelerator #2: Campus Climate Research Best Practices: Using Data to Disrupt a Culture of Microaggression and Othering

July 8, 2021 | 4-7 PM EST 

$500.00

Team of 5 | Accelerator #2

$2500.00

Accelerator #3: Introduction to Unconscious Bias, Microaggression, and Anti-Racism

July 13, 2021 | 4-7 PM EST

$500.00

Team of 5 | Accelerator #3

$2500.00

Accelerator #4: From Bystander to Up-stander | The Ally’s Journey of Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

July 15, 2021 | 4-7 PM EST

$500.00

Team of 5 | Accelerator #4

$2500.00

Accelerator #5: Preparing Faculty to Teach Diverse Generation Z Students: A Focus on Identity, Course Content, Pedagogy, and DEI Flash points

July 27, 2021 | 4-7 PM EST

$500.00

Team of 5 | Accelerator #5

$2500.00

Accelerator #6: DEI Officer Optimization Session | Designing the DEI Officer Job, Finding Top Talent, and Setting Up Officers for Success

July 29, 2021 | 4-7 PM EST

$500.00

Team of 5 | Accelerator #6

$2500.00

Accelerator #7: Leading DEI Change Efforts in Academic Schools and Colleges, Athletics, Student Affairs, and Other Administrative Divisions

August 3, 2021 | 4-7 pm EST

$500.00

Team of 5 | Accelerator #7

$2500.00

Accelerator #8: Board Governance, Anti-Racism, and Strategic DEI Leadership: A Special Session for Board Members, Regents, Trustees, Governors, and Presidents

August 17, 2021 | 4-7 PM EST

$500.00

Team of 5 | Accelerator #8

$2500.00

Accelerator #9: Strategic DEI Leadership and Anti-Racism at K-12 Independent Schools: Strategies for Success and Engagement

August 24, 2021 | 4-7 PM EST

$500.00

Team of 5 | Accelerator #9

$2500.00

Accelerator #10: Personal Branding and Leadership Strategies for BIPOC Professionals: Strategies for Personal Empowerment in a World of Microaggression and Systemic Inequality

September 2, 2021 | 4-7 PM EST

$500.00

Team of 5 | Accelerator #10

$2500.00

Individual Learner | Accelerators #1-7 Discounted Bundle

Purchase access to accelerators #1-7 for an (1) individual learner.

$2450.00

Team of 5 | Accelerators #1-7 Discounted Bundle

Purchase Accelerators 1-7 for a team of 5.

$12250.00

Summer 2021 3-Accelerator Sessions Discounted Bundles

$1,200 for 3 Accelerators for an (1) Individual Learner ($500 Discounted Bundle Price of $400 each)

$6,000 for 3 Accelerators for a Team of 5 Participants ($500 Discounted Bundle Price of $400 each) 

Bundle #1: Fundamentals of Strategic DEI Leadership

  • (Accelerator #1) Planning
  • (Accelerator #2) Research
  • (Accelerator #7) Implementation


Bundle #2: Inclusive Teaching & Learning with Generation Z

  • (Accelerator #3) Microaggressions
  • (Accelerator #4) Allyship
  • (Accelerator #5) Teaching


Bundle #3: Allyship, Anti-Racism, & Everyday Inclusion

  • (Accelerator #2) Research
  • (Accelerator #3) Microaggressions
  • (Accelerator #4) Allyship

Bundle #4: Diversity Officers & Campus-Wide Implementation

  • (Accelerator #1) Planning
  • (Accelerator #6) CDO
  • (Accelerator #7) Implementation


Bundle #5: Diversity Officers & Evidence-Based Research Practices

  • (Accelerator #1) Planning
  • (Accelerator #2) Research
  • (Accelerator #6) CDO


Bundle #6: K-12 DEI Strategy

  • (Accelerator #3) Microaggressions
  • (Accelerator #4) Allyship
  • (Accelerator #9) K-12

3-ACCELERATOR SESSIONS DISCOUNTED BUNDLES

3-Accelerator Discounted Bundle

$1200.00

Team of 5 | 3-Accelerator Discounted Bundle

$6000.00

BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING WITH A TEAM

The Summer 2021 It is for institutional teams looking to build a competitive advantage by completing the series as a working group or learning community. The team option is perfect for leadership groups, senior cabinets, and DEI committees looking to develop a stronger shared philosophy and approach to the work. Finally, with so many governance boards searching to find their footing on these issues, we have taken special care to design a specific session for trustees, regents, and governors, while encouraging their participation in other aspects of our July and August programming.

Is your school, institution, or organization interested in sponsoring more than one team or a team of more than 5 participants? E-mail us! We'd love to connect with you to learn more and discuss available learning packages designed to fit your summer leadership and professional development programming needs.

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More About Dr. Damon A. Williams, Chief Catalyst, NIXLA

  • Award-winning scholar, educator, speaker, strategy consultant, and social-impact leader with 20+ years experience working with 1,000+ colleges, universities, corporations, nonprofits and government agencies
  • Author of Strategic Diversity Leadership: Activating Change and Transformation In Higher Education and coauthor of The Chief Diversity Officer: Strategy, Structure, and Change Management
  • Previously served as Senior Vice President for Program, Training and Youth Development Services, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, National Headquarters
  • Previously served as Associate Vice Chancellor, Vice Provost and CDO, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Recipient of University of Michigan's Bicentennial Alumni Award, an honor given to 20 trailblazers who represent the best of the university’s leadership, research and service values
  • Youngest and the first Black recipient of Western Reserve Academy's Waring Prize of Leadership, their highest honor for leadership and service

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