CoS Task Force Recommendations
The CoS Task Force on Racial Equity recognizes the importance of establishing clear expectations between members of the community as a key strategy for promoting racial diversity, equity, and inclusion. Drafts of the following documents have been shared with Dean Lozier in Spring 2021 and are being reviewed by the CoS Faculty Council and CoS Diversity Council. Once approved, the documents will be made available here.
- Staff-Faculty Expectations
- Code of Conduct (for Faculty and Staff)
- Advisee-Advisor Agreement
Survey of Perceptions
The CoS Task Force recommends that the College conducts a routine, anonymous survey of CoS students, staff, and faculty on perceptions of racial equity in the College of Sciences
- Institute Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Climate Assessment Survey | See results from 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2018 surveys
The CoS Task Force recognizes that training to increase awareness of discriminatory biases is vital to 1) increasing employment opportunities and improving the work environment for minority non-academic staff, and 2) increasing recruitment and retention of minority students and academic faculty.
- Transformative Narratives (Georgia Tech) – A series of recorded personal narratives from GT faculty and staff highlighting encounters and experiences related to diversity and inclusion. (Estimated 10-20 minutes)
- PathwaysToScience.org (NSF) – A living mentoring manual for faculty and undergraduate/graduate students to establish productive, understanding mentoring relationships. (Estimated 30 minutes)
- Harvard Implicit Associations Test (Harvard Univeristy) – Implicit biases are unconscious stereotype beliefs and attitudes that impact our interactions with each other. Project Implicit aims to raise awareness of these biases via implicit bias testing and data-driven research and education. (Estimated 10-20 minutes)
- Preparing Diverse Students for Academia (American Psychological Association) – Video series that highlights the personal stories of diverse faculty members and provides insight into their experiences in the job market and their success in academia. (Estimated 10-15 minutes per video)
- Benefits and Challenges of Diversity in Academic Settings (University of Wisconsin-Madison) – A research-supported guide on the benefits and challenges of diversity in academic settings produced by the Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI). (Estimated 20-45 minutes)
- Hold regular listening sessions with members of your School
- Schedule seminar speakers with diverse backgrounds
- Periodically take a quick "pulse" on racial equity concerns/challenges during faculty meetings
- Read anti-racism literature
- Foster strong mentorship | The Science of Effective Mentorship in STEMM - Online Guide (National Academies of Sciences)
Center for Teaching and Learning
Teaching in Turbulent Times
These resources were developed by CTL in light of the tension surrounding the 2020 Presidential Election. However, many of the tips are applicable to any situation that impacts and/or potentially fuels the immense stress of the members of our nation at large.
How To Discuss Inflammatory Topics with Grace, Humility, Patience, and Mutual Respect
Resources for Talking about Race
So You Want To Talk About Race?
What If I Say the Wrong Thing? 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People
Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing Our Stories of Race, Culture, & Identity
National STEM Organizations that Foster Racial Equity
The National GEM Consortium offers fellowships and research opportunities for underrepresented minorities