F&M’s Faculty and Staff Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Initiatives
Several initiatives to improve diversity, inclusion, and equity at F&M are underway in order to continue to offer an excellent liberal arts education. Faculty and staff are spearheading activies to recruit and retain faculty from diverse backgrounds and build facility in inclusive pedagogy across the disciplines. Our overarching goal is to effect broader cultural change to create an enviroment of inclusion and respect that permeates our campus community.
Some of our recent accomplishments include:
1. Sponsored unconscious bias workshops in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 for members of the hiring committees that lead faculty searches. In 2019, we expanded this program to other offices, such as our admissions team and human resources.
2. Created a series of hiring workshops for departments who are interested in exploring best practices in diversifying the professoriate;
3. In May 2019 the campus held several all-day diversity and inclusion forums to promote a better understanding of and capacity for leading and supporting change that makes excellence inclusive at F&M. We partnered with the Emeritus Consulting Group (ECG) to create three days of professional development for more than eighty faculty, professional staff, and senior officers.
4. Funded departmental curricular reviews for three departments, History, Public Health, and Business, Organizations, and Society;
5. Held faculty workshops with external experts to discuss imbalances in college service activities (i.e., committee work, advising, and mentoring), intentional mentoring, improved recruitment and hiring practices, supporting low-income students, and decolonizing higher education;
6. In 2018, the College’s Idea Initiative funded the College’s first disability studies symposium and an All-Campus Forum on LGBTQ+ Life at F&M; in 2019, the same initiative funded a lunch for international students who are interested in learning more about their professors from around the world and several social events for the Persons of Color Alliance.
7. Sent teams of faculty and professional staff to AAC&U meetings about high impact practices and inclusive pedagogies. To date, twenty faculty members have also attended conferences that addressed inclusion and equity in specific disciplines, such as English, Language and Literary Studies, Political Science, Public Health, Sociology, and several STEM fields.
8. Co-organized F&M’s first comprehensive campus climate survey.
F&M On-Campus Resources for faculty and staff interested in diversity, inclusion, and equity include: