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Recent and Upcoming Diversity and Racial Equity Trainings

  • On December 13, 2019, the full-time faculty will participate in an all-day training with consultant Tilman Smith entitled, “White Women Strengthening Anti-Racism and Cross Cultural Skills.”
  • Several faculty have been taking trainings consistently with the Center for Teaching and Learning around issues of microaggressions, bias, and other important issues with regard to diversity, equity, inclusion and access. Professor Juliet McMains and Associate Professor Jennifer Salk have each taken a course through the Graduate School on micro-aggressions and bias, culminating in projects that have directly benefited the department.
  • Building Equitable Classrooms: First Day & Beyond (September 2019): This training for all faculty, let by staff at the Center for Teaching and Learning, focused on ways to enact the work of the syllabus throughout the quarter. Included: sharing evidence-based ways students & faculty can practice sustaining equitable classrooms & practicing responses to implicit bias before the bias surfaces. 
  • The Department received a Diversity Seed Grant to help fund a series of facilitated meetings and focus groups for the 2019-2020 year. The department received the full amount which is being matched by the College of Arts & Sciences.
    • Jabali Stewart,Intercultural/Inclusion Consultant and Circle Keeper has conducted healing circles with various constituents: the two dance student associations – Dance Student Association and Arts Diversity Counsel to help them work together; The full-time faculty and departmental Diversity Committee consisting of faculty, staff, students (grad and undergrad). We have met twice and it has been a transformative experience; the students of color and faculty of color – have met twice. We have gotten an extension to use the funds for next year to continue the work with Stewart and invite a guest to speak.  

  • Building Equitable Classrooms: Before the First Day (June 2019): This training for all faculty, let by staff at the Center for Teaching and Learning, focused on syllabus & assignment design, emphasizing making assumptions transparent, setting expectations, & discussing what Wadiya Udell calls "the pedagogy of the people in the room."
  • Faculty participated in an all-day retreat with Linda Callecod to examine our department mission, vision and values on June 12, 2019.
  • Faculty viewed “White Fragility” by Robin D’Angelo and “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo (spring 2019).
  • Faculty, staff, and students participation in a Facilitated Town Hall on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion  (April 2019). Responses to questions attendees wrote at the end of the session can be found here. 
  • All faculty, staff, and graduate students participated in a Department-wide racial equity “Foundational Understandings” training (spring 2018).
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