DEI Training

Recognizing the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion, NACU is programming a professional and personal learning experience for chief diversity officers & directors or others on NACU campuses. Our hope is that the workshops help professionals identify room for individual and campus-wide improvement and design ways for addressing those areas.

NACU will offer this training twice during 2021-22. All sessions are virtual and at no cost except for the Inclusive Competency Inventory individual assessment fee ($50).

About the Training

  • Participants will take the Inclusive Competency Inventory assessment prior to the first session.
  • In session one, Dr. Joanne Barnes will cover the main components of knowing oneself, knowing others, and bridging differences as well as how the competencies we currently hold can be developed to reduce or eliminate negative attitudes and behaviors.
  • Participants will put into place strategies learned during the first session.
  • Prior to the second session, participants will take a post-assessment test.
  • In session two, Dr. Barnes will lead a discussion on participants’ progress and future efforts.

Program Dates

COHORT 1: SEPT 10 & NOV 12, 2021 [2 – 4 pm ET]

Cohort 1 Registration Deadline: Aug. 31

COHORT 2: FEB 4 & APRIL 8, 2022 [2 – 4 pm ET]

NACU will share registration information with the chief diversity officer on each campus. For more information on registering, you may also contact Michelle Apuzzio.


About Dr. Joanne Barnes

Dr. Joanne Barnes, Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Organizational Leadership in the Department of Leadership Studies, has been involved in higher education since 1996. She was the first Affiliate Faculty for Indiana Wesleyan University’s College of Adult and Professional Studies where she not only facilitated adult learning, but also developed new faculty training.

Her current research involves cultural intelligence, multicultural leadership, and the cross-transferability of Western-based theories and assessments to Eastern European and Asian cultures.

Dr. Barnes is a certified trainer/coach in the Intercultural Effectiveness Scale, the Global Competency Inventory, and Cultural Intelligence. She also holds certifications from Aperian Global in the areas of GlobeSmart Profile Assessment, GlobeSmart Team Assessment, and GlobalSmart Leadership Assessment. She is currently working with universities and businesses in providing assessments and coaching to prepare students, faculty, administrators and business leadership practitioners for expatriate and global assignments as well as multicultural experiences. Dr. Barnes currently teaches global leadership and theory, organizational behavior and theory, and adult and organizational learning. Dr. Barnes earned her Ed.D in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University.