Improving Faculty of Color Retention Efforts in Your Department



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Use your influence and authority to create a culture that supports faculty of color.



Many faculty members of color report bullying, harassment, invalidation, and exclusion by their colleagues and supervisors. To further perpetuate the toxicity, their personal experiences are often ignored or explained away, preventing meaningful change. As a result, faculty of color are often forced to leave their institutions to seek their own change, which can, in turn, negatively impact the sense of belonging for your students of color. With recruitment efforts halted due to budget cuts, you cannot afford this attrition. Now is the time to focus and improve your retention practices.

Join us online for this three-hour workshop where you will learn how to take a proactive approach to your retention practices aimed at faculty of color. Our expert speakers will present the latest research explaining why retention efforts for faculty of color fall short. In addition, they will share best practices for utilizing and influencing your relationships, processes, and policies to your advantage to improve and sustain your efforts across the institution. You will spend time examining your own institutional data to understand systemic or department-level issues causing higher levels of attrition for your faculty of color.


Did You Know?

UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) facilitated a study that showed “faculty of color and female faculty disproportionately experience stress due to discrimination and feel they have to work harder than their colleagues to be perceived as a legitimate scholar.”


Who Should Attend

This training is designed for academic leaders including deans, faculty, human resources, EEO officers, and senior diversity officers who have agency to make change on their campus and improve their retention efforts for faculty of color. If you’re struggling with high attrition rates or you’re interested in discovering how you can better influence your colleagues, retention policies, and processes, this training is for you.

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Our virtual trainings go far beyond just replicating PowerPoint presentations online: these experiences are intentionally designed to give you the kind of robust and dynamic learning experience you’ve come to expect from Academic Impressions. These trainings provide you with an active learning environment and an online space where you can explore ideas, get inspired by what your peers are doing, and understand the range of possibilities around a certain topic. You will leave these sessions with practical solutions that you can take back to your team or task force.

What you will get:

  • A dynamic, interactive, and high-touch virtual learning experience designed to engage and set you up for growth
  • Seamless online face-time, networking, group work, and Q&A opportunities from the comfort of your own workspace
  • Practical takeaways and hands-on knowledge
  • Guidance from vetted subject matter experts
  • Unlimited access to all recorded online sessions


September 11, 2020

12:00 - 3:00 p.m. Eastern


During this three-hour virtual training, our expert instructors will help you identify how you can build a sphere of influence around you so your retention efforts become an institutional norm and your faculty of color feel more supported by all.


1. Research and Case Study Analysis

In this first section, you will review current research and a case study, both of which highlight common issues experienced by faculty of color, as well as reasons why many institutions struggle to retain faculty of color. You will then discuss how to use your power of authority and influence to overcome those challenges and implement practical and meaningful solutions, such as formal mentoring programs, employee resource groups, and SafeZone roundtable discussions that are appropriate for your campus.



2. Data Analysis

You will examine your own institution’s data to understand possible trends for why your faculty of color may be leaving. You will be asked to request anonymous faculty-of-color exit interview data from your Human Resources department prior to participating in this workshop. Please contact Rabia Khan Harvey in advance if you need a sample email to help you request this data from your HR department.


Portrait of of Bridget Turner Kelly

Dr. Bridget Turner Kelly

Professor, University of Maryland

Dr. Bridget Turner Kelly is currently an Associate Professor of Student Affairs at the University of Maryland. Prior to this role, she was the Associate Professor of Higher Education at Loyola University Chicago for nine years. Dr. Turner Kelly’s scholarship is focused on marginalized populations in higher education; more specifically, she studies the experiences of students of color on predominantly white campuses, women and faculty of color at research universities, and how all students can become socially just educators.

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Portrait of Jeanine Bias-Nelson

Jeanine Bias

Director of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion & Title IX Coordinator, Sam Houston State University

Jeanine Bias has spent her entire professional career in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs. Currently, she serves as a resource for advisement and consultation on issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Her responsibilities include providing leadership to investigations into allegations of discrimination, harassment, and other civil rights violations as well as develop and facilitate university wide training programs and activities related to Title IX, Title VII, and other Equal Employment Opportunities/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) laws and regulations.

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