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Chief Diversity Officer & Senior International Officer Strategic Leadership Forum


Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) as well as comprehensive campus internationalization are key components of strategic planning in higher education. Whereas diversity and inclusion initiatives have been rooted in the civil rights era, campus internationalization efforts are a more recent phenomena. Regardless of their origins, the evolving impact both DEI and comprehensive internationalization will play in higher education is undeniable. The CDO/SIO Strategic Leadership Forum will explore campus internationalization and the necessity of diversity, equity and inclusion in its success. Questions addressed during the Strategic Leadership Forum will include:

  • What is the scope of a Chief Diversity Officer and Senior International Officer?

  • What are historical barriers to leaders in these roles working together?

  • What opportunities exist for CDO’s & SIO’s to strategically align their units toward advancing campus internationalization as well as diversity, equity and inclusion?

The Strategic Leadership Forum will examine best practices for collaboration between Chief Diversity Officers and Senior International Officers that promotes equitable access to the benefits afforded through campus internationalization. The event will conclude with attendees participating in an interactive Think Tank session which will lead to the development of a series of guidelines for embedding diversity, equity, and inclusive good practices and policies into campus internationalization.


Monday, April 9

  • Dinner

Tuesday, April 10

  • 8:30-8:45am Welcome & Introductions

  • 8:45-9:45am Diversity, Inclusion, and Comprehensive Campus Internationalization: Exploring the Potential Impact

  • 9:45-10:00am Break

  • 10:00-11:00am Exemplar & Promising Practices for SIO/CDO Collaboration

  • 11-11:15am Break

  • 11:15 – 12:45pm Think Tank Introduction

  • 12:45 – 2:30pm Awards Lunch

  • 2:30 – 3:30pm Think Tank Wrap-up

  • 3:30-3:45pm – Closing & Next Steps

Registration for the Inaugural Strategic Leadership Forum is available by invite only. If you are interested in attending the event, please contact us at conference@diversityabroad.org to submit a request for invitation.