I joined Mary Beth and Lauren at a presentation on increasing faculty diversity. We learned where WFU stacks up (somewhere in the middle) and about ways other universities are approaching the goal of increasing faculty diversity. I was especially interested in the approach of some universities to develop programing and curriculum in areas where URMs are numerically strong.
I also found myself thinking how ZSR, as one of the largest employers of work study students, has an important role in supporting URM students, regardless of our own demographic “identity.” One of the purposes of increasing faculty diversity is to provide supportive models and mentors for URM students.
A message that I received was, while there are important roles for individuals and departments (library) in reaching out at conferences and through networks, the concrete support and attention of the university as a whole is what influences most the percentage points.