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Privilege as a Bridge, Not a Barrier

February 15 | 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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(Available until March 16, 2024; use this passcode: Pr1vilege!)


Workshop Description

Understanding Privilege and its Role in Enhancing Equity: All of us enjoy privilege on some level, which means all of us have an opportunity to use our privilege in support of those who experience marginalization. But how does one establish credibility and acceptance as an ally when there are so many opportunities to get it wrong? This training aims to remove the stigma and discuss the nuance and variation between performative and authentic connection. This session will identify traditional and less recognizable forms of privilege and provide tools to engage, create space for, and include communities where we do not hold membership.

Each participant will receive a Privilege/Marginalized chart which will serve as the basis for the presentation.

Engaging in Difficult Conversations with Mentees, Direct Reports, and Students: Delivering difficult news is never easy, but when power dynamics are at play it can be even more stressful for all parties involved. The stakes are even higher when diversity feels more like a barrier than the opportunity it is supposed to be. This session will offer clarity on how to be intentional and compassionate, while still prioritizing accountability when offering constructive feedback.

Participants will engage with a case study which will serve as the basis for the presentation.

Learning Outcome

After participating, you will leave with tools to engage in your sphere of influence with meaning, humility, and clear intentions for the purpose of cultivating an environment of trust and vulnerability.

Who Should Attend

Faculty who are interested in learning about privilege, microaggressions, and effective allyship as a leader in higher education. This course is most beneficial to anyone unfamiliar or uncomfortable with communicating across difference with colleagues, administrative leaders, and students.

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.


February 15
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