The Colloquium Series: Inclusion and Equity Efforts to Elevate Historically Underrepresented Faculty and Staff

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The Division of Inclusion & Equity, Office of the Provost, Human Resources, and the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center have come together to create the Employee Climate Colloquium Series: Inclusion and Equity Efforts to Elevate Historically Underrepresented Faculty and Staff. This series will feature contemporary scholars and practitioners who will provide invaluable insights on inclusion, equity, and social justice in higher education. The main objective of this series is to continue to understand and respond to employee climate, foster ongoing conversations with our diverse employee affinity groups, and examine campus climate data to continue to build a culture of equity.

Thursday, September 21, 2023

FOR ALL EMPLOYEES
They Grow Up! Recognizing and Addressing the Needs of LGBTQIA+ Faculty and Staff
8:00 – 9:30 a.m. (breakfast available) – Grand River Room, Room 2250, Kirkhof Center, Allendale 
A virtual option is available. A Zoom link will be sent to those who register on the morning of September 21.
Audience: All employees are encouraged to join. Learning outcomes are also intended for those with supervisory and management responsibilities.

This session invites all employees to learn more about the needs of LGBTQIA+ faculty and staff at GVSU. Many institutions are developing reasonably supportive resources for LGBTQIA+ students. However, similar resources typically either do not exist or are woefully inadequate to meet the needs of LGBTQIA+ employees. It is as though campus leaders neglect to consider or fail to expect LGBTQIA+ young adults to “grow up” and become employees. In this session, supervisors and senior leadership will be challenged to acknowledge and commit to addressing the similar and distinct needs of LGBTQIA+ faculty and staff, specifically focusing on trans and non-binary faculty and staff inclusion and equity. Facilitated by Dr. D-L Stewart. Please register here by September 18.


INTENDED FOR LGBTQIA+ EMPLOYEES
Building Relationships and Developing Strategies with LGBTQIA+ Faculty, Staff, and Administrators
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. – Grand River Room, Room 2250, Kirkhof Center, Allendale
A virtual option is available. A Zoom link will be sent to those who register on the morning of September 21.
Audience: Affinity space for faculty, staff, and administrators who identify as LGBTQIA+

Designed as an affinity space for faculty, staff, and administrators who identify as LGBTQIA+, this session will feature opportunities to craft deeper relationships within and across this group and develop strategies to maintain and build on those relationships in the future. This affinity space is also designed to strategize pathways for developing solidarity within and across other minoritized communities at GVSU and in the local community. Facilitated by Dr. D-L Stewart. Please register here by September 18.

 

Contact Connie Dang, [email protected] with any questions.

Dr. DL Stewart

Presenter: D-L Stewart, PhD, Pronouns: he, him his & they, them, their

Professor and Chair, Higher Education Department, Morgridge College of EducationDr. D-L Stewart is Professor and Chair of the Higher Education Department in the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. His scholarship has focused most intently on the history and philosophy of diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education, as well as the institutional systems and structures that affect the experiences, growth, development, and success of racially minoritized and queer and trans* students in settler colonial historically white postsecondary institutions.


Past Events

Beyond Compliance: Disability and Design Justice for Faculty and Staff

This session will begin with a dynamic review of the research to place disability in context within higher education and specifically through the lenses of faculty and staff.  We will hear from a faculty panel about how to best remove barriers and create access.  Participants will also have an opportunity to engage in case studies to better learn to apply policy and engage in lead practice.

Presenter:  L. Scott Lissner

L. Scott Lissner has served as the Americans With Disabilities Act Coordinator and 504 Compliance Officer for The Ohio State University since January of 2000. An Associate of the John Glenn School of Public Policy and lecturer for the Moritz College of Law, the Knowlton School of Architecture and Disability Studies his teaching and public service informs his work as the university’s disability compliance officer; energizing his role in creating seamless access to all of the university’s facilities, programs, services, and employment opportunities.

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

noon – 1:30 p.m. (lunch Included), Holton Hooker

Learning objectives:

  • Understand disability as an aspect of individual identity and campus culture.
  • Identify facilitators and barriers to access (for faculty and staff)
  • Apply policies and develop practices that support seamless access