Seeking a timely (and affordable) summer
DEI professional development experience?

Get expert coaching & insights in the next NIXLA “Accelerator” series.


We offer our Strategy Guide many of the resources from this seminar free of charge below, to support our friends in education at this challenging time.

Series 2: SIGNAL AND NOISE, July 14-24, 2020  (STARTS SOON!)

Pandemic. Demonstrations. Partisanship. Black Lives Matter. As leaders, how do we navigate these turbulent waters? How do we cut through the “noise” surrounding current events to become part of a clear signal of support of diversity, equity and inclusion? Indeed, how do we manage the DEI implications of today’s twin pandemics: COVID-19 and institutionalized racism?

Beginning July 14, 2020, the next five-part NIXLA Accelerator professional development series will provide educational leaders with cutting-edge insights, best practices and professional/leadership development around pressing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) topics. Get more details here. 

Join us on July 9 for our free panel discussion, “Race Relations, Student Activism and Community Policing on College and University Campuses,” featuring two college presidents and a former campus police chief. Details and signup here.

  • Each accelerator is three hours in length and focuses on a specific DEI topic. Includes a guest speaker and small-group guided discussion with coaching.
  • Serves: higher education faculty, administrators, student affairs staff; K-12 independent school educators and leaders; corporate and nonprofit leaders.
  • Attend as an individual learner or with a team of 5 to 25 people.

 Get more about our topics and speakers or register HERE.

Get The COVID-19 DEI Crisis
Action Strategy Guide

THE COVID-19 DEI CRISIS ACTION STRATEGY GUIDE: Recommendations for Fostering Inclusive Excellence offers timely guidance, frameworks and many tips to help leaders in education make culturally relevant decisions while supporting diverse communities, communicating intentionally and inclusively, and innovating ways of digitizing inclusive excellence.

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Free Resources

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.


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