Faculty Diversity Dialogues

The Faculty Diversity Dialogues program is a faculty initiative that emerged from eighteen months of intense conversations about ways to engage faculty in dialogues around Diversity and Inclusion. The committee that developed the program was co-chaired by Professors Jennifer Santee and Fariha Shafi, and included Professors James Benevides, Jennifer Hunter, Orisa Igwe, and Johanna Nilsson.

Our goal is to help improve our working environment by encouraging ALL faculty at UMKC to take responsibility for leading necessary conversations around race/ethnicity-based and sexuality/gender-based privilege and prejudice, invisible bias and microaggressions, inappropriate behavior and critical language awareness, disability accommodations and inclusive teaching practices.

Faculty Diversity Dialogue Fall 2019 Schedule

  • Date – Oct. 25th, 2019; Location – Health Sciences Building Room 4306 (Health Sciences campus);Topic: The Promotion and Tenure Experience for Faculty of Color; Panel – Associate Professor of Law  and Interim Director of the Black Studies Program Jamila Jefferson Jones and Curators’ Distinguished Professor of English Virginia Blanton
  • Date – Nov. 14th, 2019; Location – FaCET – Miller-Nichols Library Room 225 (Volker campus); Topic: Generational Differences and Their Impact on the Classroom Experience; Presenter – Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology Joan McDowd
  • Date: Dec. 5th, 2019; Location – Cherry Hall Room 115 (Volker campus); Topic – Campus Free Speech and Civil Discourse in the Classroom; Panelists – Sally Ellis-Fletcher, Associate Dean of Students for the School of Nursing and Health Studies, Associate Teaching Professor of History Rebecca Davis, Associate Professor of Law Mikah Thompson

For questions or to reserve your spot and order lunch, contact Stephen Dilks at dilkss@umkc.edu.  Please communicate any dietary restrictions at this time.

This program is supported by the Office of the Provost, Division of Diversity and Inclusion, and Faculty Senate.
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