by Alithia Alleyne, Chair, SUNY University Faculty Senate Communications Committee
by Jean Albanese, Assistant Director Public and Media Relations @ Upstate Medical University;
by Abena Ampofoa Asare, Associate Professor of Modern Africana Studies @ Stony Brook University;
Contributed by Wesam Hassanin, SUNY UFS Communications Committee
Dr. Abena Ampofoa Asare, an Associate Professor of Modern African Affairs & History @ Stony Brook University, recently published an article entitled "Notes of a DEI Search Chair” in Inside Higher Ed. Dr. Asare was also a Co-Chair on the IDEA Fellows search committee at SBU.
Without certain conditions, a search amounts to a public devaluing of scholars who have historically been marginalized within the academy, argues Abena Ampofoa Asare.
What do you do when you become a co-chair of a diversity, equity and inclusion search committee charged with increasing faculty diversity? You write notes.
Note 1: On Violence
Malika Jeffries-EL’s recent article for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, “How do we mitigate the impact of systemic bias on faculty from underrepresented groups?” begins with a chart titled “Percentage of U.S. Faculty Within the Ranks of Professor, Associate Professor and Assistant Professor by Race.” Based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics, this image, with its towering blue columns of white male and white female professors looming over barely perceptible multicolored slivers corresponding to Black, Latinx and Asian faculty, is presumably the context for the DEI faculty search.
This chart should be projected onto a large screen. It should be a figure of contemplation. How do we, on the DEI search, explain this disparity? Are we willing to address this? And if so, how?
We struggle to speak clearly of the processes through which U.S. higher education creates and reproduces itself as an exclusionary space. Behind these statistics, I see doors slammed shut, the bowed heads of discouraged scholars, rows of brilliant children tumbling into the euphemistically named “achievement gap.” DEI, the series of letters strung together in a well-meaning row, does not make it any easier to speak of the jagged histories that fuel the chart.
by Alithia Alleyne, Chair, SUNY University Faculty Senate Communications Committee, Isabelle Bichindaritz, Chair, SUNY University Faculty Senate Graduate and Research Committee, & Peter Knuepfer, SUNY University Faculty Senate Communications Committee
Alithia Alleyne Kyle R. Fennell Wesam Hassanin
Program Administrator Coordinator of Communications Executive Assistant to
Occupational Therapy Program & Enrollment Technologies the Vice President and Provost
SUNY Downstate SUNY Canton Stony Brook University
Gwen Kay Peter L. Knuepfer Colleen Lemza
Professor Associate Professor of Geology Professor and Chair
Graduate Program Director and Environmental Studies Journalism and Public Relations
SUNY Oswego Chair, Dept. of Earth Sciences SUNY Plattsburgh
Jan Trybula Jie Zhang
Associate Professor Professor
Biology Department Education & Human Development
SUNY Potsdam SUNY Brockport
by John Follaco, Assistant Vice President for Communications, SUNY Brockport, & Jie Zhang, SUNY University Faculty Senate Communications Committee
SUNY Chancellor Dr. John B. King, Jr. visited SUNY Brockport on Tuesday, April 4. Chancellor King toured the campus, meeting with a wide range of students, faculty, and staff. He visited the Intercultural Center and listened to the students’ stories. He explored a lab in which Brockport’s Environmental Science faculty team with students to conduct research that will help restore the Great Lakes. Chancellor King also had an opportunity to visit Brockport’s nursing simulation labs, which help prepare next the generation of healthcare workers in a controlled, state-of-the-art environment.
Link to the Twitter post from Dr. Heidi Macpherson, President of SUNY Brockport:
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