Learning Lab | Privacy for All in Higher Ed

Part 1: September 6 | 12:00–1:00 p.m.ET
Part 2: September 11 | 12:00–1:30 p.m. ET
Part 3: September 13 | 12:00–1:30 p.m. ET
Part 4: September 20 | 12:00–1:30 p.m. ET


Why does privacy matter? Can you identify privacy issues and include privacy-by-design in your business processes, systems, or third-party relationships? This course will help you understand that process and gain a better understanding of privacy’s impact on all areas of higher education.

Join privacy pros Cristina Blanton, Ann Nagel, and Pegah Parsi as they share their experiences and strategies for embedding privacy principles into every aspect of higher education. The sessions will start with an overview of privacy foundations―the legal, compliance, ethical, and social perspectives, and the current higher education landscape of data privacy. Next, we will discuss current topics (such as generative AI, DEI, data analytics, and vendor management) and identify privacy issues. We will then walk through privacy assessments and privacy-by-design practices that can help you achieve your goals, get value from data, and manage risk of harm to individuals and your institution. We will conclude by considering where the field is moving in the future.

Learning Outcomes:

NOTE: You will be asked to complete assignments in between the Learning Lab segments that support the learning outcomes stated below. You will receive feedback and constructive critique from course facilitators.

  • Explain the ethics, principles, and values of a privacy program.
  • Understand the regulatory aspects of privacy in higher education.
  • Quickly identify issues related to privacy in all facets of higher education.
  • Explain the relationship between privacy, data governance, and information security.
  • Build upon what we have learned in this course and discuss how to apply it going forward.

Target Audience

Individuals interested in learning about privacy in higher education; individuals involved in risk management, IT, security, and data governance functions within their organizations; educators; data analysts; leaders


Pegah K. Parsi Pegah K. Parsi, Chief Privacy Officer, University of California San Diego

Cristina R. Blanton Cristina R. Blanton, Chief Privacy & Data Protection Officer, The University of Texas System

Ann Nagel Ann Nagel, University Privacy Officer, University of Washington