35th Annual Conference

March 27-29, 2023


A Trio of Higher Education Initiatives: Cultural Competence, Inclusive Leadership, and Anti-Racism

90-minute Workshops

Day 3

Session Code: S5-G
When: April 7, 2022
Level: Intermediate
Track: Higher Education
Presenters: Chevalier (Chevy) Cleaves, MIT Lincoln Laboratory  |  Jeffrey Cookson, Language & Culture Worldwide (LCW)  |  TiShaunda McPherson, Northwestern University Office of Equity  |  Angela Pace-Moody, University of Chicago Booth School of Business


This panel focuses on efforts at MIT, University of Chicago and Northwestern University with undertakings to develop cultural competence in MIT Lincoln Laboratory administrators; inclusive leadership and managing bias in oneself and one another for all incoming MBA students; and a series of self-paced interactive e-learning tailored to faculty, staff and students that explore “Socially Just (or Anti-Racist) Interactions Between Us and Racist Systems and Structures Around Us.”

The panel briefly features each initiative before addressing high-level questions designed to help participants identify which of three breakout groups to join, each with one panelist and a Language & Culture Worldwide project member. The breakout sessions allow a deeper dive into the participant’s own programmatic needs, with panelists sharing how they assured buy-in, logistic applications, and lessons learned in addition to answering participant’s program-specific questions.

Learning Outcomes

• Apply relevant data regarding institutional buy-in, programmatic hurdles and lessons learned
• Plan for implementation of similar initiatives considering participant’s own needs and concerns
• Compare learning modalities for the participant’s own implementation

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