Equity, Diversity Inclusion, & Indigeneity, (EDII) in Advancement, Forum


The Equity, Diversity Inclusion, & Indigeneity, (EDII) in Advancement, Forum aims to bring senior level advancement professionals & their institutional partners together, with the intent to provide thought leadership and strategic practices surrounding the importance of EDII and its impact on Canadian education. Sessions will include concrete take-aways such as tools, contacts and points of reference for your immediate use.

Presentations will cover overall EDII themes, how to have the difficult conversations, and how to re-shape and review your own intrinsic beliefs to alleviate any personal biases and behaviours. The advancement sector is at the forefront of these conversations for their institutions and this  program will serve to  educate you on how to move forward individually and as teams within your institution.

Thank you to CCAE’s Fall Education Program Sponsors
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All sessions available on-demand

Single Session: $100 (access to the session of your choice)

Potential member:

Single Session: $125 (access to the session of your choice)


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Angelique S.C. Grant
Angelique S.C. Grant

Robert Henry
Robert Henry

Ron Schiller
Ron Schiller

Monday, October 18, 2021 @ 2 p.m. ET
How to Lead the DEI Movement: growing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Advancement

Angelique S.C. Grant, Ph.D., Senior Consultant + Principal, The Inclusion Firm
Robert Henry, Vice President, Development, Culture and Talent, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
Ron Schiller, Founding Partner and Senior Consultant, Aspen Leadership Group

At a moment when higher education institutions need real innovation and new strategies in order to engage all constituents and fulfill their missions, applying better practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to advancement is imperative. CCAE invites you to learn from Angelique S.C. Grant, PhD (The Inclusion Firm) and Ron Schiller (Aspen Leadership Group), in conversation with Rob Henry (CASE), as they present practical steps that advancement teams can take to move from awareness about DEI to action that yields results. The conversation will cover three critical areas: 1) creating a culture of inclusion; 2) recruiting and retaining a more diverse team, and 3) inclusive volunteer engagement and fundraising.

Content will draw from the presenters' direct expertise as senior advancement executives and from their book, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Advancement: A Guide to Strengthening Engagement and Fundraising Through Inclusion (CASE 2020).

Sandeep Nairt
Sandeep Nair

Monday, October 25, 2021 @ 2 p.m. ET
Raising The Bar : Making Meaningful Inclusive Conversation

Sandeep Nair (he/they), Manager of Business Operations, Pride At Work Canada

Including LGBTQ2+ employees has gone from moral courage to a business imperative. We can't tell someone's sexual orientation or gender identity by looking at them, so the language we use to describe our identities has always been important and somewhat complex. Even those who identify as members of the LGBTQ2+ community can lose track of the most current and appropriate terms as well as how to use them in various workplace situations. This session will discuss how to use inclusive language and how to act in allyship - from talent acquisition to workplace culture

At the end of the session, participants will:

  • Have a better understanding of right language and making meaningful conversations
  • Understand the concept of LGBTQ2S+ across the globe and the cultural context of LGBTQ2S+ in the west compared to the east
  • Create an inclusive workplace through gender-neutral language
  • Understand the importance of pronouns
  • Understand how to act in allyship with LGBTQ2S+ communities

Anne-Marie Pham
Anne-Marie Pham

Monday, November 1, 2021 @ 2 p.m. ET
Being an ally to support an equitable, diverse and inclusive workplace

Anne-Marie Pham, MPA (elle/she/her), Executive Director, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion.

The social, economic and people imperative for a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace for all is clear. The best workplaces are those that provide the structure and culture that accept and support people of all backgrounds to be their best and offer equal access to opportunities. What role can you play in creating such a workplace environment? This interactive session will ground participants in a conversation around allyship: what it means, types of allies, reflection on one’s own allyship style(s), and concrete steps participants can take to act in allyship at the personal, team and organizational levels.

Audience: This session is applicable to everyone, regardless of your position or role in the organization.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what it means to be an ally in the workplace.
  • Learn strategies to act in allyship with folks who may be excluded.
  • Discuss scenarios to apply the knowledge learned.
  • Share key takeaways you can apply immediately.

Dr. Arig al Shaibah
Dr. Arig al Shaibah

Dr. Denise O'Neil Green
Dr. Denise O'Neil Green

Dr. Debra Pozega Osburn
Dr. Debra Pozega Osburn

Candace Wasacase-Lafferty
Candace Wasacase-Lafferty

Monday, November 8, 2021 @ 2 p.m. ET
EDII is everyone’s job; how one can drive change from any place within the Institution

Dr. Arig al Shaibah, Associate Vice-President, Equity and Inclusion, McMaster University
Dr. Denise O'Neil Green, PhD (She/Her), Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion, Associate Professor, School of Child and Youth Care, Ryerson University
Dr. Debra Pozega Osburn, Vice President, University Relations, University of Saskatchewan
Candace Wasacase-Lafferty, Director, First Nation & Metis Engagement - Advancement & Community Engagement · University of Saskatchewan

The buzzwords are everywhere: Equity, Inclusion, Diversity, Indigeneity, BIPOC, Ableism, Activism, Aly, LGBTQ2+ and sometimes it gets hard to keep track. Advancement Professionals are sitting on the front lines of a cultural shift, and these are not the times to sit back and be idle. In the past 24 months, professional sports teams have changed their names, university sports teams have changed their names and before the year is over, a Canadian University, will likely, change its name. What does this mean for EDI? What does this mean for building representative workspaces? For shifting culture and engaging in conversation at every level of an organization?

Where does allyship and representation begin? What role do professionals play in bridging generational beliefs, customs, and practices? How does one connect “woke” student support initiatives to traditional long-standing donors and alumni?

"Diversity in all its forms and manifestations is absolutely essential for our institutions to thrive. Has there ever been a more important time to talk about it?" Moderator, Debra Pozega Osburn, Ph.D

Join Debra and a select group of Canadian Thought Leaders as they draw on their own experiences and provide some tips and tactics on how to embody EDI practises.

Learning Objectives:

  • Hear how one person, in control of their actions, can help drive culture change
  • Learn how to create safe spaces and room for growth
  • Recognize that Institutions are micro-communities and how together, all parts drive the entire establishment and its culture.