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Let’s Talk About Race and Collective Responsibility

May 10 | 12:00 pm2:30 pm

As part of its Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) program, CANSSI regularly organizes EDI workshops and training sessions for the statistical sciences community, often in partnership with Academic Impressions, a leading provider of leadership, personal development, and skills-based training opportunities to faculty and staff in higher education.

We invite you to join us for this 2.5-hour online workshop led by Sandra Miles, Head of Practice, EDI, Academic Impressions.


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Workshop Description

It is no surprise that racial tensions are alive and well and continue to do harm, in every facet of life and work in higher education. For example, those who are Black-presenting do not get to choose or operate from the historically privileged social identities such as class, age, or ableism that White-presenting people do. In this session, therefore, you will learn how race dynamics between these two groups play out in European countries versus the North American context. You will also examine how you communicate subconsciously to avoid or shut down conversations, either as a defense mechanism or to prohibit critical dialogue about racial inequity. Finally, you will learn strategies that will help us, as a collective, to move forward while simultaneously embracing the new challenges that are sure to come our way.

The workshop’s discussion will follow this structure:

  1. Setting the stage
  2. Why do so many conversations about race end so poorly?
  3. Why do we need to talk about race?
  4. How do we engage in this work?
    a.   Defining key terms
    b.   Traditional vs. transformational views
    c.   Just let it go
  5. Final Q & A

Learning Outcome

After participating, you will have greater understanding of how your individual actions around racial inequity connect back to our collective responsibility.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is designed for faculty and students across all levels and functional areas who are (a) seeking an opportunity for self-development, and (b) committed to supporting the advancement of diversity and inclusivity efforts on their campus.

Workshop Leader

Sandra MilesSandra Miles, PhD
Head of Practice for Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, Academic Impressions

Sandra has spent most of the last two decades serving as a leader and administrator in higher education. Specifically, she has had extensive experience in managing crisis, strategic planning, developing leadership programs, working with persons with disabilities, mediating disputes, and serving as a Dean of Students, Chief Student Affairs Officer, Chief Diversity Officer, and Deputy Title IX Coordinator. In 2022, Sandra joined Academic Impressions full-time as the Head of Practice for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, due to her experience with the organization as a subject-matter expert who facilitated trainings and workshops in higher-ed, as well as to her passion for making DEI concepts resonate for individuals from all walks of life.

Sandra completed her doctoral work at Florida State University in 2012, earning a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration. She also completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Central Florida. In addition to her career and educational achievements, Sandra is on the editorial board for EVOLVE Magazine – First Coast Edition; is a former Chair of the NASPA Center for Women Board; is a former National Director of the Black Female Development Circle, Inc.; and is the current President of the Palm Coast-Flagler County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


May 10
12:00 pm–2:30 pm
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Queen’s University
127 Jeffery Hall, 48 University Avenue, Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N8 Canada