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Week of February 21, 2011

Conference seeks to nurture
 equitable environment for faculty

A U-M conference next month will bring together faculty and administrators working to promote equitable and generative environments for a diverse faculty.

Advancing Together: State of Women of Color Faculty at U-M is a half-day conference that will be held 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m. March 18 at the Michigan Union.

The conference will feature Nancy “Rusty” Barcelo, president of Northern New Mexico College, as the keynote speaker. She has long been a leader in the areas of equity, diversity and multiculturalism in higher education, having served most recently as vice provost for equity and diversity at the University of Minnesota. She also will lead a breakout session, Promising Practices for a Diverse Faculty, with Mark Chesler, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and professor emeritus of sociology, and Jacquelynne Eccles, a professor in the Department of Psychology and in the School of Education.

U-M faculty will serve as panelists on five other breakout sessions:

• Promotion from Associate to Full Professor (Elizabeth Cole, professor of women’s studies, psychology and at the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS), and chair of the Department of Women’s Studies; Derek Collins, professor of Greek and Latin and associate dean for humanities; Sue Juster, professor of history and associate dean for social sciences; and Abigail Stewart, professor of psychology and women’s studies, director of ADVANCE and associate dean at Rackham Graduate School)

• Considering Leadership Positions (Kelly Askew, associate professor of anthropology and at CAAS, and director of the African Studies Center; Alec Gallimore, professor of Aerospace Engineering and associate dean at Rackham; and Lester Monts, senior vice provost for academic affairs, senior counselor to the president for the arts, diversity and undergraduate affairs, and professor of music)

• Mentoring for Junior Faculty (Marlyse Baptista, associate professor of linguistics and at CAAS; Rob Sellers, professor and associate chair in the Department of Psychology; and Trina Shanks, assistant professor of social work)

• Engaging with Your Community (Alicia Alvarez, professor of law; Cleo Caldwell, associate professor of public health; and Stephen Ward, assistant professor at CAAS and the Residential College)

• Balancing Professional and Personal Life (Naomi Andre, associate professor of women’s studies; Silvia Pedraza, professor of sociology and American culture; and Priti Shah, associate professor of psychology)

Panelists also will lead discussions on the challenges faced in bringing about institutional transformation, as well as current initiatives that are being implemented at the university.

Conference registration required, but is free and open to all. The conference is aimed at faculty in all ranks of the academy.

For more information and to register, go to

The conference is organized by the Women of Color in the Academy Project, a U-M faculty group that is funded by the Office of the Provost and administered through the Center for the Education of Women. WOCAP has several goals, all of which guide the focus and content of the conference:

• Highlight the contributions women of color make to the university community and to society at large

• Build a campuswide network of women of color faculty that serves as a support system for their research undertakings, academic career development, and enhanced career satisfaction, thus supporting their retention

• Advocate on behalf of women of color faculty by working collectively for progressive institutional change with the goal of creating healthy and equitable environments in which to engage in scholarly activity.



Amanda Krugliak, arts curator, Institute for the Humanities, on returning to Ann Arbor: “I love where I’ve landed. Perhaps I don’t know what’s coming next, and I never expected to find myself back here, but I have a sense of what matters.”


The School of Art & Design Emeritus Faculty Exhibition is presented from noon-7 p.m. through Feb. 25 at Work • Ann Arbor, 306 S. State St.

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