Preconference Workshops

The Leadership in Higher Education Conference offers four half-day preconference workshops. The cost is $319 per workshop. The half-day workshops are held Thursday, October 6 in the afternoon before the conference begins.

Enrollment is offered during conference registration.
If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add a workshop to your registration, call 608-246-3590 to enroll.

Thursday, October 6, 1:00-4:00 pm

Optional A:

Freedom of Expression: Changing the Conversation

Leila BrammerLeila Brammer, director of the Parrhesia Program for Public Discourse, University of Chicago

Discourse rests at the nexus of the entangling of academic inquiry, freedom of expression, democratic practices, and civic education. Freedom of expression ensures the vigorous testing of ideas necessary to create and produce knowledge. As such, freedom of expression demands the capacities to seek and productively engage multiple perspectives, difference, and disagreement. Approaching freedom of expression through the lens of discursive practice provides avenues for leaders to reframe the conversation and better prepare students for engaging in vigorous, inclusive, and productive classroom, campus, and civic discourse.

Thursday, October 6, 1:00-4:00 pm

Optional B:

Leading Cultural Responsibility through Intentional Action 

Jill PurdyJill Purdy, education department chair and professor, Cedar Crest College 

Many higher education institutions have taken important steps to embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices.  Sustaining this work takes intentionality and purposeful action from all levels of leadership.  This entails evaluating initial effort, facing barriers, and determining future actions to create an equitable and inclusive campus climate.  Without intentional efforts our energies may not be effective.  This workshop provides an opportunity to collaboratively discuss the steps to the future of DEI at your institution.  Participants will begin with a self-reflection of the current status of DEI on their campuses.  They will identify future barriers and the steps to overcome them. Finally, we will create an intentional plan for the next stage of inclusion.  Focus areas for discussion include: faculty equity issues, hiring and retention practices, and curriculum integration. 

In this workshop, participants will create a chart that reflects the current status of the institution, a list of potential barriers, and an action plan for the future implementation of institutional goals.   

Thursday, October 6, 1:00-4:00 pm

Optional C:

Scaling The Inclusion Habit 

Amanda FelkeyAmanda J Felkey, professor of economics, chair of the Department of Economics, Business and Finance, chair of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program, Lake Forest College 

The Inclusion Habit®, an evidence-based solution, transfers inclusion work to the individual and is designed to make behavior more inclusive through six habit-building phases—embracing inclusion matters, understanding biases and sources, dispersing with the negativity surrounding unconscious biases, practicing thinking deliberately, reprogramming incorrect intuitions, and becoming more empathetic. Without behavior change, the effects of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) programming and policy are limited. Additionally, we can leverage individual change and organizational data to instigate cultural shifts throughout the organization and shift the steady state of inclusion. 

This workshop will: (1) Detail the six habit building phases of The Inclusion Habit® and summarize the science behind the method. (2) Assist leaders to develop a personalized program based on The Inclusion Habit® that will foster inclusive habits. (3) Explore how leaders can leverage what we know about behavior science at the individual and community level to create data-driven change in their departments, schools and organizations.  (4) Demonstrate how to measure success in the context of creating inclusive habits that enhance community level DEIB. 

Participants will take a pre-workshop survey to assess individual and organizational DEIB starting points to understand current DEIB culture; use a pre-workshop analysis will inform development of personalized programs to foster inclusive habits, establish an understanding of how to tailor The Inclusion Habit® to oneself to mitigate one’s biases and foster inclusive behavior, and realize how to leverage behavior change science, organizational data, and community support for maximum DEIB impact. 

Thursday, October 6, 1:00-4:00 pm

Optional D:

Pathways to Partnerships: Expectations, Opportunities, and Realities 

Brad WilliamsBrad Williams, Ph.D., president, Dallas College – El Centro Campus 

Workshop participants will explore and examine relevant accreditation criteria, discuss administrative perspectives and program preparedness, and outline the steps to transition a campus-specific concept to reality. Participants will leave the workshop with an increased confidence in building community partnerships, and a framework on which to structure intentional community engagements.