Winter Leadership Academy

2021 Winter Leadership Virtual Academy

Leading Culturally Intelligent & Inclusive Campuses


The SUNY Institute for Academic & Innovative Leadership (SAIL) is pleased to announce the third annual Winter Leadership Retreat. The SAIL Institute is grounded on the concept that colleges and universities need leaders who are strategic and innovative as well as have a firm understanding of the special nature of the academic core of the institutions that they serve. The SAIL Institute seeks to advance understanding and development of the next generation of leaders in higher education, and we are calling on you to nominate the people from your campus that are/will be charged with these critical leadership roles.

Spend time expanding upon your ability to:

Understand Yourself as a Leader

Lead in the Current & Future Higher Education Context

Mindfully Lead Others on Campus   

Engage in Courageous Conversations with Confidence  

Make Meaningful Institutional Change on Campus

Who Should Attend? This program is designed for faculty and administrative staff at a higher education institution looking to expand their leadership skills. Are you preparing to move into a new role or boost your ability to perform in your current position? This program is open to both SUNY and other institutions.

The intensive experience, designed specifically for higher education leaders, will provide an opportunity to focus on higher education leadership skills and competencies needed for Leading Culturally Intelligent & Inclusive Campuses.

The Winter Leadership Virtual Academy is a virtual learning experience comprised of live online growth sessions (six sessions totaling 20 hours). The Academy will take place this winter from January 5 through February 24, 2021. Participants will advance through this winter intensive as a cohort. Networking and social learning opportunities are included throughout the experience! Session agendas and recommended pre-work are detailed below.

Time commitment: This virtual academy is designed as a flipped classroom, therefore participants will be expected to engage in learning outside of the live classroom sessions. Recommended work includes reading articles and one book, completing a brief writing assignment, viewing video, collaborating with colleagues, and completing an online assessment. This will require about 1-2 hours in between each session.

Program Agenda

Session One: Knowing Yourself in Order to Lead Others
January 5, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Session Two: Cultural Intelligence for Campus Leaders
January 7, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session Three: Narrative Intelligence & Mindful Leadership
February 2, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session Four: Learning from our Past: The History of SUNY & How SUNY Works
February 4 , 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Session Five: Engaging in Courageous Conversations with Confidence
February 23, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session Six: Tying it All Together & Graduation
February 24, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.


SUNY CPD members: $500
SUNY rate: $525
Non-SUNY rate: $600

CPD Points are accepted for all SAIL Programs.

Design Team

Marcia Burrell, SAIL Fellow, Associate Academic Dean, Goddard College

Sim Jonathan Covington, Jr., Chief Diversity Officer, Finger Lakes Community College

Ronnie Hector, Executive Director/CEO, Bronx Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)

Teri Miller, Officer in Charge, Old Westbury & Senior Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Chief Diversity Officer, SUNY System Administration

Ron Milon, Chief Diversity Officer, Fashion Institute of Technology