NIXLA Accelerator Series


Each accelerator is designed as its own half-day (3-hour) standalone session and learning experience taking place from 4-7 pm EST on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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

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

Participate in this accelerator series as an individual learner or with teams of 5. Each team package you purchase will allow 5 participants access to the respective 3-hour accelerator.

This series is designed to help institutional leaders to develop their DEI plan, improve DEI issues in the classroom, assess climate dynamics, and build new initiatives to overcome equity challenges, institutional racism, and DEI flashpoints defined by race, LGBTQ+, disability, religion, and other dimensions of diversity. Because these accelerators also operate as a system, participants can more precisely plan their personal and professional leadership goals by registering for more than one accelerator, including the entire series.

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Registration for the 2023 Winter NIXLA Accelerator Series opens soon! Check back here in the coming weeks for more information including schedule and topics.


All accelerator sessions are stand-alone learning events and take place from 4-7 pm EST.

Thursday, July 7, 2022 Planning:
DEI Plans Can’t Breathe Without ‘AIIR’: A Primer on DEI Planning and Implementation
Tuesday, July 12, 2022 Implementation:
Leading DEI Change Efforts in Academic Schools and Colleges, Athletics, Student Affairs, and Other Administrative Divisions
Thursday, July 14, 2022 CDO Role:
DEI Officer Optimization Session: Designing the Role, Finding Top Talent, and Setting Up Officers for Success
Tuesday, July 19, 2022 Research:
Campus Climate Research Best Practices: Using Data to Disrupt a Culture of Microaggression and Othering
Tuesday, July 26, 2022 Allyship:
From Bystander to Upstander: The Ally’s Journey through Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion



  • Access to keynote sessions recordings for 7 days after each accelerator to review key learnings from the event
  • Tools and resources designed to support your continued growth and development
  • Exchanges of strategies and best-practices with other leaders similarly engaged in DEI work at other institutions
  • Access to ongoing special sessions, resources, and discounts as a member of the NIXLA Leadership Alumni community, for participating in any part of the NIXLA Accelerator Series
  • For teams participating in the entire series: a special follow-up coaching session
  • For individual and teams who participate in the entire series: a certificate of participation and commemorative gift from the National Inclusive Excellence Leadership Academy (NIXLA)


The Academy experience is highly intensive and requires a significant commitment from all participants. While this experience is not for everyone, 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.


All accelerator sessions are stand-alone learning events and take place from 4-7 pm EST

These accelerators are more population-specific and are specifically designed for three unique communities:

  • Higher education governance board leaders
  • K-12 independent school leaders
  • BIPOC professionals

August 17, 2021 (8) Board Governance, Anti-Racism, and Strategic DEI Leadership: A Special Session for Regents, Trustees, Governors, and Presidents.
August 24, 2021 (9) Strategic DEI Leadership and Anti-Racism at K-12 Independent Schools: Strategies for Success and Engagement.
September 2, 2021 (10) 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.