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.

Fall 2018 Schedule


What Should We Discuss in Faculty Diversity Dialogues?
Hosted by Dr. Stephen Dilks
Sept 27 at 12noon to 1:30pm (FaCET)
Sept 28 at 12noon to 1:30pm (HSB 4307 – with Zoom Videoconferencing)

International Engagement: Foreign-Born Perspectives on Diversity and Inclusion
Oct. 18 at 12noon to 1:30pm (FaCET) with Dr. Omiunota Ukpokodu
Oct. 19 at 12noon to 1:30pm (HSB 4307 — Zoom) with Dr. Glenda Payne

Learning from the MU Protests
Hosted by Dr. Ben Trachtenberg (MU) with special guest, Warren Frerichs (MSU)
Nov. 15 at 12noon to 2:00pm (Diastole Scholars’ Center – 2501 Holmes)

Retaining Under-served and Under-Represented Faculty and Students
Hosted by Dr. Clara E. Irazábal-Zurita
December 6 at 12noon to 1:30pm (FaCET)
December 7 at 12noon to 1:30pm (HSB 4307 — Zoom)


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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