Funded by the Mellon Foundation and the New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC), the Faculty of Color Working Group Inaugural Symposium will take place at Wheaton College on Friday 10 May 2019.

This day-long symposium will focus on dialog and retention issues that faculty of color face across campuses.  Together, we will address the unique climate and the administrative organizations that engage equity, diversity, and inclusion at the various institutions represented at the symposium and beyond. From mentorship to implicit bias and to public outreach, this gathering intends to shed light on structural issues, thereby enabling much needed reflection toward systemic change.

 

Session Leaders

Dr. Courtney Berger, Executive Editor, Duke University Press.

Dr. Floyd Cheung, Professor of English and American Studies and Director of the Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning, Smith College.

Dr. Pawan Dhingra, Professor of American Studies and Contributing Faculty Department of Anthropology/Sociology, Amherst College.

Dr. Patricia A. Matthew, Associate Professor of English, Montclair State University.

Dr. Renée White, Provost and Professor of Sociology, Wheaton College.

Crystal Williams, Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion and Professor of English, Boston University.

 

Schedule

8:30 – 9:00

Ellison Lecture Hall, Watson Fine Arts

Registration and arrival

 

9:00 – 9:30

Ellison Lecture Hall, Watson Fine Arts

Opening remarks (Dennis Hanno, President, Wheaton College)

Welcoming remarks (Renée White, Provost, Wheaton College)

Faculty of Color Working Group and New England Humanities Consortium (Melina Pappademos and Cathy Schlund-Vials, University of Connecticut)

Symposium’s importance and logistics (Touba Ghadessi and Gabriela Torres, Wheaton College)

 

9:30 – 10:15

Ellison Lecture Hall, Watson Fine Arts

Work life balance (Crystal Williams, Boston University)

 

10:15 — 10:30

Break

 

10:30 – 11:15

Ellison Lecture Hall, Watson Fine Arts

Community engagement and advocacy (Pawan Dhingra, Amherst College)

 

11:15 – 11:30

Break

 

11:30 – 12:15

Ellison Lecture Hall, Watson Fine Arts

Writing books people will want to read (Courtney Berger, Duke University Press)

 

12:15 – 12:30

Courtyard between Watson Fine Arts and Mars Meneely

Group picture

 

12:30 – 2:00

Faculty Dining Room, Emerson Dining Hall

Lunch

 

2:00 – 3:30

Concurrent Sessions

May Room, Mary Lyon 

Tenure and promotion (Patricia Matthew, Montclair State University) [pre-tenured geared]

Please take a look at Dr. Matthew’s recently published book “Written/Unwritten: Diversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure,” and listen to her NPR interview on WNYC.

 

Watson 206, Watson Fine Arts

Inclusive feedback practices for teaching and learning (Floyd Cheung, Smith College) [pre- and post-tenured geared]

 

Beard and Weil Galleries, Watson Fine Arts

Administrative career paths (Renée White, Wheaton College) [post-tenured geared]

 

3:30 – 3:45

Break

 

3:45 – 4:00

Haas Concourse, Watson Fine Arts

Closing remarks

 

4:00 – 5:00

Haas Concourse, Watson Fine Arts

Reception

 

Logistics

For your convenience, here are directions to Wheaton College and a map of campus.

The Symposium will take place in the Watson Fine Arts Center and in Mary Lyon Hall, which are #26 and #14 on the printable map.

If you are driving, please park in Lot 2, across the street from Watson Fine Arts Center.

Because we want this symposium to encourage discussions and positive networking, we are happy to host a food and wine reception. But we suggest you continue having engaging conversations over dinner on your own.

To facilitate this, here are a few (tested and approved!) restaurants in the area (Norton, Mansfield, and Providence):

 

Please feel free to direct queries to Touba Ghadessi, Associate Provost for Academic Administration and Faculty Affairs, Wheaton College.