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The Chief Diversity Officer: Role, Structure, Strategy, and Sustainability  [ SESSION FULL ]

Index #1009

Level of Experience: All Levels
Session Track: Chief Diversity Officer and Executive Leadership

This interactive, two-part institute is designed for aspiring, new, and seasoned Chief Diversity Officers. Part one will provide an overview of the CDO portfolio; essential competency areas and Standards of Professional Practice associated with the CDO role; the importance of strategic partnerships with Affirmative Action/EEO & compliance professionals, with community organizations, government, and others; and the role your identity plays in your work. 

Part two will focus on how to build a viable infrastructure for the work of the CDO. Presenters will discuss the process of developing strategic priorities, assessment metrics, and how to use various forms of data to lead broad-scale, sustainable organizational change. The importance of strategic communication to internal and external constituents will also be discussed. 

Part two will also feature participant-identified small group coaching sessions led by session facilitators who will draw from their own expertise and experiences and those of the group to provide guidance on “moving to the next level.” Participants may bring current resumes or CVs if they are wondering what additional knowledge, skills, and abilities they need to acquire to move up, or they may bring strategic plan drafts or ideas about which they wish to consult. 

This session is led by diversity professionals in higher education who have administrative authority across varying institutional contexts ranging from academic departments to central university diversity offices and within a system-level diversity unit. 


Becky R. Petitt, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, University of California – San Diego, La Jolla, CA

Roger L. Worthington, PhD, Professor and Executive Director, Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Liz Halimah, MPP, Associate Vice Provost, Diversity and Engagement – Office of the President, University of California, Oakland, CA