35th Annual Conference

March 27-29, 2023


Reinventing The Higher Education Workforce as A Mechanism for Disrupting Systemic Racism

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion® at Augsburg University in collaboration with Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) is providing an opportunity for those in Higher Education to address issues specific to their work culture and structure with this special half-day virtual event.

About This Special Workshop

In this moment of grand disruption, higher education has the opportunity to reinvent its workplace policies, practices, and norms into drivers for inclusion. This transformation requires a thoughtful, brave, and holistic approach that accounts for campus readiness and resources. During this half-day session, participants will develop an institutional roadmap that goes beyond incremental change to move the institutions toward the real and lasting change.

Learning Outcomes

Through the higher education track, participants will:

  1. Learn to assess their institution’s and department’s readiness for change
  2. Identify opportunities and challenges for inclusion in the post-pandemic workplace
  3. Develop a road map of actionable, substantive, and lasting steps to create inclusive workplaces

This event is made possible by a collaboration between:

Date & Time

Thursday, March 11, 2021
11:30 – 3:45 PM CST


$725 with 25% off promo code: HEDFWI21


Invitation only

Higher Education employees get 25% off the full conference price (cost after discount: $750). Use promo code HEDFWI21 at checkout.

Registration includes participation in this special half day industry track session as well as the full five day Forum annual conference.
This year’s conference is March 8-12, 2021 and is HRCI and SHRM Continuing Education Credit (CEU) eligible.

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION NOTICE: During the registration process, you must select “Higher Education Industry Track & Full Conference” when you reach the “Registration Items” page in order to be added to this special Higher Education half-day virtual event. Failure to do so, may result in not gaining access to this special session. For registration questions, please contact us at workplaceforum@augsburg.edu.


Dr. Shirley Malcom, Ph.D., Senior Advisor, and Director of SEA Change, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Amanda Shaffer, Founder and Principal, Shaffer Coaching, LLC

Eddie Freeman, Executive Director in Human Resources, University of Texas at Arlington & Chair of the Higher Education Research Consortium’s Governance Board

Paul C. Pribbenow, President, Augsburg University


Lee George, Executive Director, Strommen Center for Meaningful Work

Jessica Wise, Training & Development Director for the Higher Education Research Consortium (HERC)


All times Central Standard Time.

11:30 - 11:35 am

(Paul Pribbenow)

11:35 - Noon

Catalytic Presentation (20 min)
(Shirley Malcolm, Ph.D.)

Noon - 1 pm

Breakout 1

Participants will identify the most pressing challenges to workplace inclusion and discuss how their institution or departments address – or propose to address – these challenges. They will also discuss mechanisms for securing resources, building in sustainability, and building buy-in from students, staff, faculty, local committees, and boards and governance.

1 - 1:15 pm


1:15 - 1:45 pm

Lunch Featured Speaker (30 min)

Theme: Sustaining Change & Assessing Readiness
(Amanda Shaffer)

2 - 3:15 pm

Breakout 2

Building on the first Breakout Group, participants will develop an inclusive workplace road map that accounts for – and addresses – their institution’s or department’s readiness for change.

3:15 - 3:45 pm

Call to Action
(Eddie Freeman)

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion®
2211 Riverside Ave, CB 54
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(612) 373-5994

Photos by Sarah Morreim Photography
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