Fall 2019 Faculty Diversity Dialogues


A new series of Faculty Diversity Dialogue events has been scheduled for this semester. Sessions, except for the Dec. 5 event, are for faculty only; the Dec. 5 session is open to faculty, staff and students.

Faculty Diversity Dialogues is a collaborative initiative of the UMKC Division of Diversity and Inclusion, the UMKC Provost’s Office and the UMKC Faculty Senate. FDD provides a space to openly discuss topics relating to diversity and inclusion. Diversity Dialogue sessions are specifically designed for faculty, and are faculty-run and faculty-oriented. The co-chairs are Mikah Thompson (School of Law) and Steve Dilks (Department of English). The FDD Advisory Board is chaired by Jennifer Santee (School of Pharmacy).

All FDD events are from noon to 1:30 p.m. Registration is available at


Topic: Improving the Promotion and Tenure Experience for Faculty of Color
Date: Oct. 25
Location: 4306 Health Sciences Building (Health Sciences campus)
Panel: Jamila Jefferson Jones, associate professor of Law and interim director of the Black Studies Program; and Virginia Blanton, curators’ distinguished professor of English


Topic: Exploring Generational Differences and Their Impact on the Classroom Experience
Date: Nov. 14
Location: FaCET – 225 Miller-Nichols Library (Volker campus)
Presenter: Joan McDowd, professor and chair of the Department of Psychology


Topic: Examining Campus Free Speech and Civil Discourse in the Classroom (Open to faculty, staff and students)
Date: Dec. 5
Location: 105 Cherry Hall (Volker campus)
Panel: Sally Ellis-Fletcher, associate dean of students, School of Nursing and Health Studies; Rebecca Davis, associate teaching professor of History;  Mikah Thompson, associate professor of Law

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