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THE NATIONAL INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY (NIXLA)

WINTER 2022 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 7 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 certificate of participation and commemorative gift from NIXLA if you participate in all of the accelerator sessions

WINTER 2022 ACCELERATOR SESSIONS, TOPICS, AND DESCRIPTIONS

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

DEI Planning and Implementation


Tuesday, February 1, 2022 | 4-7pm 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
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(2) Implementation: Leading DEI Change Efforts in Academic Schools and Colleges, Athletics, Student Affairs, and Other Administrative Divisions


Thursday, February 3, 2022 | 4-7pm 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.

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

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 | 4-7pm 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.

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

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Thursday, February 10, 2022 | 4-7pm EST

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.

(5) Research: Campus Climate Research Best Practices: Using Data to Disrupt a Culture of Microaggression and Othering


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Tuesday, February 15, 2022 | 4-7pm 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.


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

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


Thursday, February 17, 2022 | 4-7pm 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.

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 February 2022.


  • 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)

$2,100............ 6 Accelerators ($350 each)

Each Team of 5 Participants

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

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

$10,500............ 6 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.

WINTER 2022 ACCELERATOR SESSIONS

For Individual Learners and Teams

Individual Learner | Accelerator #1 Planning: DEI Plans Can’t Breathe Without AIIR | A Primer on DEI Planning and Implementation

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 | 4-7 pm EST

$500.00

Team of 5 | Accelerator #1 Planning: DEI Plans Can’t Breathe Without AIIR | A Primer on DEI Planning and Implementation

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 | 4-7 pm EST

$2500.00

Individual Learner | Accelerator #2 Implementation: Leading DEI Change Efforts in Academic Schools and Colleges, Athletics, Student Affairs, and Other Administrative Divisions

Thursday, February 3, 2022 | 4-7 pm EST

$500.00

Individual Learner | Accelerator #3 CDO: DEI Officer Optimization Session | Designing the DEI Officer Job, Finding Top Talent, and Setting Up Officers for Success

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 | 4-7 pm EST

$500.00

Individual Learner | Accelerator #4 K-12: Strategic DEI Leadership and Anti-Racism at K-12 Independent Schools | Strategies for Success and Engagement

Thursday, February 10, 2022 | 4-7 pm EST

$500.00

Individual Learner | Accelerator #5 Research: Campus Climate Research Best Practices: Using Data to Disrupt a Culture of Microaggression and Othering

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 | 4-7 pm EST

$500.00

Individual Learner | Accelerator #6 Allyship: From Bystander to Up-stander | The Ally’s Journey of Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Thursday, February 17, 2022 | 4-7 pm EST

$500.00

Individual Learner | 3 Accelerator Bundle

$1200.00

Individual Learner | 6 Accelerator Bundle

$2100.00

Team of 5 | Accelerator #2 Implementation: Leading DEI Change Efforts in Academic Schools and Colleges, Athletics, Student Affairs, and Other Administrative Divisions

Thursday, February 3, 2022 | 4-7pm EST

$2500.00

Team of 5 | Accelerator #3 CDO: DEI Officer Optimization Session | Designing the DEI Officer Job, Finding Top Talent, and Setting Up Officers for Success

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 | 4-7 pm EST

$2500.00

Team of 5 | Accelerator #4 K-12: Strategic DEI Leadership and Anti-Racism at K-12 Independent Schools | Strategies for Success and Engagement

Thursday, February 10, 2022 | 4-7 pm EST

$2500.00

Team of 5 | Accelerator # 5 Research: Campus Climate Research Best Practices: Using Data to Disrupt a Culture of Microaggression and Othering

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 | 4-7 pm EST

$2500.00

Team of 5 | Accelerator #6 Allyship: From Bystander to Up-stander | The Ally’s Journey of Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Thursday, February 17, 2022 | 4-7 pm EST

$2500.00

Team of 5 | 3 Accelerator Bundle

$6000.00

Team of 5 | 6 Accelerator Bundle

$10500.00

BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING WITH A TEAM

The Winter 2022 Accelerator Series 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 February 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 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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