Igniting and Maintaining the Spark: Establishing and Sustaining D&I Councils
Burn out and fizz outs are a common pitfall in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE& I) work. This session will explore how to support affinity resource groups/employee resource groups and DE& I councils so that the work is shared amongst a community and the impact is sustainable through external stressors and shocks.
We will identify readiness benchmarks for establishing a D&I council along with learning recruitment strategies for a sustainable council.
We will also explore how to leverage relationships with other internal resource groups and non-traditional assets within the community.
Nate C. Todd is the Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Tulsa Community College. In his current role he is responsible for coordinating and supporting all efforts related to establishing diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the college community. Prior to his role with TCC he served as a Director of Prospective Student Services and Chair of Diversity & Inclusion Council at OSUIT in Okmulgee, OK. He has worked with the university’s external and internal stakeholders in creating training and benchmarks to generate a more inclusive culture to help stakeholders become more aware of how they may be creating an unwelcome atmosphere for diverse communities. He is a dynamic education administrator with 14 years of experience in enrollment management, student services, policy development, industry partnership development, diversity, equity and inclusion as it relates to student-centered communities that thrive. Nate holds a BA in Political Science from Cameron University, a Masters in College Student Personnel Services from Arkansas State University and is in the process of attaining an Ed.D in Higher Ed. Administration from Oral Roberts University.