Educational institutions continue to seek leaders with intercultural skills who can work effectively with their executive leadership on a strategic approach to campus internationalization, diversity and inclusion. These institutions are often invested in policies and practices that advance inclusive excellence of inbound students and outbound global education programs. The Global Institute for Inclusive Leadership aims to better equip institutional leaders with the skills, strategies, resources and networks to enhance their internationalization efforts. Attendees will engage in cultural immersion experiences to explore, learn, dialogue and connect with peers as well as with local higher education professionals to co-examine theory and practices for diversity and inclusion and inclusive leadership. The next Institute will be held June 18 – 25, 2017 in Cape Town- a dynamic coastal city and second most populous urban area in South Africa. It is also one of the most multicultural cities in the world, reflecting its role as a major destination for immigrants and expatriates. The nation’s legacy of apartheid and colonial history provides an explicit backdrop for participants of the Institute to examine and grapple with race, class, ethnicity, and diversity and inclusion from a global education perspective.
Participants will demonstrate an awareness of their own culturally constructed understanding of their identities and inclusive leadership. Opportunities will be provided to network and build relationships with global colleagues and with local higher education professionals sparking future programming, projects, and institutional partnerships. Time will be provided for self-reflection, group work and excursions to cultural and historical sites.
Participants will learn about effective strategies for internationalizing their respective units and institutions and develop a professional action plan for inclusive excellence in global education by attending workshops and through one-on-one executive coaching sessions with experts in the field. Participants will have an opportunity to participate in virtual regroup sessions to further process their experience, build upon their networks, and address how their participation in the Institute impacted their practices. Through the coursework, onsite activities, opportunities to connect with local university administrators, and networking participants will return better equipped to support students from all backgrounds and to provide relevant feedback on their office's practices and policies. Furthermore, participation in the Institute will send a strong signal about their organization/institution’s commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence.