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2016 Illinois Diversity Workshop

Diversifying the Professoriate: Pathways, Processes, and Practical Strategies for a Changing Academy

Co-sponsored by the ACM, the Big Ten Academic Alliance, and the University of Chicago

August 15-16, 2016 in Rosemont, IL

Workshop agenda

Held at the Big Ten Conference Center, 5440 Park Place, Rosemont, IL

Monday, August 15, 2016

9:30 a.m. - Registration

Regina Dixon-Reeves

Regina Dixon-Reeves

10:15 a.m. - Welcome and Introductions

Christopher Welna, Ph.D., President, ACM
Brian Williams, J.D., Vice President and Director of Faculty Development and Grant Programs, ACM

10:45 a.m. - Keynote Address — Framing the Work

Presenter: Regina Dixon-Reeves, Ph.D., Assistant Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, University of Chicago

11:45 a.m. - Lunch

12:45 p.m. - Workshop 1: Unconscious and Implicit Bias

Eve Fine

Eve Fine

Eve Fine, Ph.D., CIC PAI Training Team and Director of Curriculum and Implementation for the Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI), University of Wisconsin

Maurice Stevens

Maurice Stevens

Maurice Stevens, Ph.D., CIC PAI Training Team and Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Studies, The Ohio State University

This interactive workshop uses video case studies to foster discussion between participants and awareness regarding the ways in which we can work to fine-tune our ability to recognize and respond to the influences of subtle biases. The goal of this session is to enhance our ability to identify instances of unconscious and implicit biases, and learn new methods of addressing them when they come up during hiring committee discussions and search processes.

Note: The materials shared during this session are based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under the CIC Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) Transformation Grant #1309028, #1309173.

5:30 p.m. - Dinner (in assigned groups): Institutional Challenges and Sharing Best Practices

Participants will have the opportunity during this time to engage in small group discussion over dinner with representatives from other departments/colleges. Discussion topics include:

A. What strategies does your department/college currently use to proactively recruit faculty from underrepresented populations? What are the strengths and challenges of these strategies?
B. What is your department/college’s retention plan for new hires from underrepresented populations? How are new hires made aware of retention initiatives and resources? Does the department/college provide an active mentoring program to advance junior faculty through the promotion and tenure process? In what ways would you like to see the retention efforts strengthened?
C. At this point, what would be the most helpful to assist you in acting on what you’ve learned? How could your college/department assist departments in understanding and overcoming challenges to the recruitment, retention, and promotion of a diverse faculty?
D. Which of the ideas discussed today would most advance your department’s/college’s ability to recruit and retain a more diverse faculty? What assistance does your department/college most need to better understand and overcome the challenges to the recruitment, retention, and promotion of a diverse faculty?

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

8:00 a.m. - Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - Workshop 2: Creating Inclusive Environments

Noor Ali

Noor Ali

Noor Ali, M.S.W., Consultant at InciteChange! and Assistant Director of Social Justice Education, Northwestern University

robbie routenberg

robbie routenberg

robbie routenberg, M.A., Consultant at InciteChange! and Director of the Global Scholars Program, University of Michigan

This interactive workshop will focus on increasing participants’ understanding of the complex barriers that can affect how underrepresented individuals (faculty, staff, and students) experience campus life, departmental colleague dynamics, and administrative expectations. The goal of this session is to gain a greater understanding of the effects of implicit bias in maintaining policies and structures that have the potential to perpetuate an exclusionary campus culture and experiences of marginalization. This session will also offer an opportunity to explore concrete strategies for creating a culture of inclusivity in classroom, research, and broader campus settings so as to enhance the experience and retention of diverse community members.

12:45 p.m. - Lunch with participants from your college: Next Steps for Moving Forward

Participants will have the opportunity during this time to reflect and brainstorm in small groups with representatives from their home campus. Discussion topics include:
A. Creating a campus that is guided by principles of non-discrimination and equity requires us to be aware of our own unconscious biases (positive and negative). These unconscious biases can affect how we evaluate and interact with others as we go about our work on campus. What might you do to become more aware of your own biases? Are there particular challenges that you anticipate?
B. Based on your conversations over dinner last night, what are three things that you heard about hiring and faculty search processes that you would like to take back to your department/college and implement?
C. What new or improved partnerships/collaborations with faculty colleagues, senior administration, human resources staff, chief diversity officer and multicultural affairs staff, and/or students do you think could help foster a diverse and inclusive campus community?
D. What three changes in institutional culture could your institution make to reinforce the notion that diversity, inclusion, and equity are core values that we are all expected to support and cultivate?

1:45 p.m. - Large Group Debrief

Heather Wilhelm

Heather Wilhelm

robbie routenberg, M.A., Consultant at InciteChange! and Director of the Global Scholars Program, University of Michigan
Heather Wilhelm, M.A., Executive Director at InciteChange! and Instructor for the Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates Program, University of Michigan

Participants will be invited to write, pair, share what they have learned, strategies they hope to employ, and tangible next steps that they hope to take back with them to their colleges.

2:30 p.m. - Conclusion and Evaluation

Brian Williams, J.D., Vice President and Director of Faculty Development and Grant Programs, ACM
Lilly Lavner, M.A., M.S., Liaison for the Fellows Program to Diversify the Professoriate, ACM


This program is sponsored in part by the Undergraduate and Faculty Fellows Program for a Diverse Professoriate, with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.