Governors’ Network Session (E)

April 26, 2021 | 10:00 - 12:00

Track: CICan Network Meeting

“What is your Board’s Journey on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion?”

Closed Session for CICan Members ONLY

This session offers an opportunity for Governors (members of college and institute boards) from across the country to network and discuss issues of common interest.

This year, an interactive panel on the role of boards in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in college and institutes will be followed by an opportunity to share challenges, learnings and best practices from across the country. Best practices and key learnings will be documented during these interactive discussions and shared back to participants.


Opening remarks:
Dr. Paula Burns, President of Lethbridge College and Chair of CICan board

Dr. Monty Bryant, Camosun College Board Chair, Former Greater Victoria School District Associate Superintendent
Carmen Abela, CICan Board Public At-large director, Managing Director WindReach Consulting Services Inc.
Valérie Assoi, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, Assoival Consulting

10:00-10:20 Opening and Icebreaker – Acknowledging our diversity!
10:20-10:45 Panel (1st part) – Setting the Stage
10:45-11:05 Breakout sessions – Challenges in your board’s EDI Journey
Breakout sessions
What are your board’s challenges in your EDI journey?• What prevents your board from moving forward? Leadership, policy, strategic matters, its own diversity, other?

• What are the controversial questions at your board table? For example, targets or not? Quotas or not?

11:05-11:15 Health break
11:15-11:35 Breakout session – Lessons learned
What are your board’s lessons learned so far?• What did you put in place to overcome the challenges? Success stories or best practices

• What are the factors explaining your progress? Allies, Student voice, Partners, knowledge, other?

11:35-11:50 Panel – Moving forward
11:50-12:00 Wrap up and Conclusion
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