The National Inclusive Excellence Leadership Academy, is a real-time, 5-week, online leadership development program. As the foremost qualification in its field, it is designed for experienced leaders who are responsible for thinking strategically about their institutions’ change agendas.

The Academy is dedicated to helping participants boost their strategic diversity leadership skills, disrupt the status quo at their institutions, and become innovative game changers around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our vision is to build an outstanding cohort of leaders from across the country, who will collectively transform the higher educational landscape.

The Academy is a powerful journey for those who are committed to making real and meaningful change in their lives, organizations, and wider communities.

Our world-class program provides individualized support within a powerful group environment. It is designed to benefit senior leaders, faculty members, chief diversity officers, deans, diversity committee chairs and members, diversity, inclusion, and multicultural affairs officers, department chairs, and all those involved in business affairs, enrollment management, legal counsel, marketing and communications, academic affairs, and student affairs.

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  • The formal program will run from July 8 to August 9, 2019.
  • All learning materials will be delivered approximately 21 days before program launch (Week of June 17).
  • Strategy groups will be introduced to one another approximately 21 days before program launch (Week of June 17), to facilitate group integration and team building.
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  • Leaders will develop their own tailored Inclusive Excellence Leadership Manifesto & Institutional Translation Plan, by articulating the educational and business cases for diversity and inclusion at their home institutions, clarifying their own personal values and beliefs, and setting out the practical and actionable steps to be taken on their return.
  • Leaders will boosttheir strategic diversity leadership skills, by contributingandsharing their professionalexperience, participating in high-impact strategy teams, and engaging in real-world case-study activities.
  • Leaders will understand the Inclusive Excellence Model, with its multi-dimensional focus on diversity and inclusion,broadly defined to include race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, internationalization, and economic background.
  • Leaders will understand the principles of developing and implementing institutional diversity plans, by leveraging accountability, incentive, infrastructure, and resource (AIIR) techniques, along with story-telling and branding, as part of their dedicated change management plans.
  • Leaders will engage in deliberate and guided practice as they respond to institutional diversity crisis scenarios, and develop multi-dimensional plans to tangibly improve the campus climate for students, faculty, and staff.
  • Leaders will understand the principles of developing a winning diversity recruitment and retention strategy for faculty and staff, by leveraging an aggressive “strategic sourcing” approach, setting realistic goals, balancing legal risk, and building supportive


At the National Inclusive Excellence Leadership Academy, we are assembling a cohort of change makers who will collectively challenge each other to go further than they ever expected.

Unlike most leadership courses, the Academy is more than just a once-off intervention. Our vision is to create a sustainable movement of change—not just during the program itself, but for many decades to come. The community you build while at the Academy will continue to enhance your career long into the future, and provide a supportive network for your ongoing work in the diversity and inclusion field.

This experience will also help enrich your personal brand, by providing you with additional leadership credentials to be used as part of your professional development portfolio. Our certification will help you demonstrate competence, pursue new opportunities, command compensation, and illustrate your personal commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Here are just some of the concrete benefits of attending the Academy:

  • Professional Development Credential: LinkedIn “Inclusive Excellence Alumni Fellow” official Community Membership
  • Letter of Commendation: A letter certifying your participation in the Academy (traditional and digital format)
  • Formal Certificate: A framed certificate of participation and learning
  • Individual Development Vision: A personal Inclusive Excellence Leadership Manifesto
  • Institutional Impact Plan: An Institutional Translation Plan to bring the transformation home
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The Academy experience is highly intensive, and requires a significant commitment from all participants. This experience is not for everyone, but it might be for you. If you know someone who might benefit from the program, we hope you will share this link and encourage their application through our competitive selection process.