Perspectives from Underrepresented Women in Higher Ed Leadership

Last updated July 16, 2020

Course Length

2h 56m

Last Updated

July 16, 2020

Perspectives from Underrepresented Women in Higher Ed Leadership

Last updated July 16, 2020

Share your story and learn tools to navigate racial conversations at your institution.


In recent months, we have seen a monumental shift in how we elevate the voices and perspectives of underrepresented women. Responses to this movement have been historical: renaming buildings, taking a hard look at how systemic racism has impacted our colleagues, and expanding what anti-racism looks like in our day-to-day lives.

This virtual training is designed to help you maintain this momentum at your institution. The training is divided into two sessions:

  • Session 1: Explore how you can define and share your unique strengths in an authentic and credible way.
  • Session 2: Discuss how you can take an active role in racial conversations at your institution while also maintaining boundaries and self-care.

Who should attend?

This training is designed for:

  • Underrepresented women at any stage of their career. If you are an underrepresented woman who is interested in learning how to use your unique stories and experiences to help you lead from a place of greater authenticity and confidence, this webcast is for you!
  • Emerging leaders who need help finding and using their leadership voice so that they can overcome barriers smoothly and quickly as they rise in leadership.
  • Experienced leaders who may be looking to expand their voice as an advocate for other under-represented women and/or boost their own confidence by learning how to make sure their own voice is heard.


October 6, 2020

12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Session 1: Sharing Your Story and Experience as an Underrepresented Woman

12:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST
Your story as an underrepresented woman in the academy shapes your approaches to conflict, problem-solving, and decision-making. The perspective of underrepresented women is unique, and yet, too often we discount that unique position – burying it or even rejecting it. Denying our story does a huge disservice to our leadership potential and growth and to those we serve. How can you begin to articulate your story to fully express who you are as a professional and become stronger and more effective? Join us online and learn how to define and share your unique strengths in an authentic and credible way. You will practice identifying, storyboarding, and communicating your past experiences, motivations, and unique perspectives so that you leave with at least one story you can share with others to help you communicate your authentic self.



2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST


Session 2: Tools to Help You Navigate Racial Conversations at Your Institution

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST
In recent times, women of color are finding themselves being asked to take part in or lead conversations about how to create a culturally inclusive campus. While this newfound awareness and openness is appreciated, the constant requests to “educate” co-workers can often lead to being stretched thin and not looking after their own well-being. This 2-hour conversation is designed to provide a safe space to engage with others to affirm experiences and learn tools that to help you:

  • Prioritize Self-care
  • Manage your day-to-day interactions regarding race
  • Navigate how to be a part of a larger movement at your institution without having to shoulder all the responsibility

You will leave with practical tools and strategies that help you increase your resilience, advocate for your needs, create boundaries, and understand how even small negotiations can help you and your institution to make progress in building a supportive, equitable and anti-racist campus climate.