Welcome to the COVID-19
DEI Strategy Center!

The National Inclusive Excellence Leadership Academy Presents:

The COVID-19 DEI Professional Development Accelerator Series


We are all in this together. It is for that reason that we have created this micro-site to empower and support leaders as they manage the diversity, equity, and inclusion related implications of the COVID-19 health crisis.

This online professional development series is designed to support leaders across all sectors manage the new and emerging DEI-related implications of the COVID-19 public health crisis in real time. This program will equip leaders with essential information required to equitably address these new and unique challenges with the necessary urgency.

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Featured Session Topics Include:

  • Leadership & Decision Making Skills During the COVID-19 DEI Crisis
  • Beyond Online Lectures: Techniques to Teach Digitally + Inclusively
  • Strategies to Foster Belonging & Combat Microaggressions
  • Strategies to Develop Grit & A Growth Mindset
  • National Best Practices for Supporting Basic, Human Needs


  • The program will take place from April 28 – May 7, 2020, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-7 pm EST.
  • Similar to our summer NIXLA model, you can participate in this accelerator program as an individual learner or with an institutional team of 5-25 participants.
  • Individual Learners and Institutional Teams can choose to participate in one, some or all six of these 3-hour sessions.
  • The first half of each session will begin with a live, virtual lecture from a renowned scholar or nationally recognized expert.
  • During the second half the session, all participants attend a 75-minute online learning community and strategy workshop.

Please continue to take advantage of the free resources shared on this page to support your efforts now and into the future. We will update the site regularly, so we encourage you to return frequently to get updates.

Finally, we are compiling any additional tips, resources, and guides so they can be added and featured on this micro-site. Please send us those resources here.

The COVID-19 DEI Crisis Action Strategy Guide

Recommendations for Fostering Inclusive Excellence offers guidance, frameworks, and tips to help leaders make culturally relevant decisions while supporting diverse communities, understand the importance of communicating intentionally and inclusively, and identify new, innovative ways towards digitizing inclusive excellence.

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This document provides the complete presentation along with a high-level summary of key discussion points presented during the March 23rd National Inclusive Excellence Strategy Webinar, The Cheetah and the Wolf, Managing the COVID-19 DEI Crisis.

This micro-report provides an overview of lessons learned from our rapid review of 200 institutions and their strategic response to COVID-19. This data was collected and compiled on March 20, 2020.

This tool presents ten question that DEI leaders should be considering if students do not return to campus in the Fall of 2020. It is intended as a resource to jump-start discussions, for a worse case extension of the COVID-19 DEI crisis into the 20-21 academic year.

This was developed to provide students, faculty, and staff with a simple tool to help them become more gritty, tenacious, and persistent when working through and experiencing crises, such as managing and planning against the unforeseen implications of the COVID-19 DEI crisis.

This community form letter was created to support leaders craft and deliver important DEI and COVID-19 related messages to their community.

This document includes some helpful and innovative resources from various institutions around the world creating DEI strategy guidance to support leaders managing the COVID-19 crisis locally.


Yes, the Academy experience is not for everyone, but it might be for you. And if you know someone who might benefit, we hope you’ll share this program and encourage their application.