Campus-wide Initiative Project for Marginalized Faculty
Recognizing that specific members of our UW Bothell community are disproportionately affected by systemic bias and inequities that affect their mental wellness, sense of belonging and their ability to thrive as academics, Drs. Thelma Madzima and Rebecca Price have created a Campus-wide Initiative Project that began Autumn 2020 and runs through the Spring 2021 quarter.
This program is designed to establish a community of support for faculty from groups significantly underrepresented in academia and at the UW (e.g., African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and U.S. Pacific Islanders). The overall goal is to foster belongingness and campus-wide peer support, in a manner that will increase the retention of our valuable colleagues, especially for pre-promotion faculty. While priority will be given to Assistant Professors and Assistant Teaching Professors, faculty at the Associate rank are also encouraged to apply.
The program has two main components:
- Mutual-mentoring and community wellness support sessions via Zoom facilitated by Dr. Roxanne Donovan of WellAcademic. Dr. Donovan is a coach and clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience practicing, mentoring, researching, and teaching in the areas of academic minority health and wellness. We hope to build a supportive community, centered around mental wellness for Black/African American, Latinx, Native American, and U.S. Pacific Islanders faculty seeking promotion. This component will be led by Thelma Madzima.
- Supporting teaching, including consultations about and navigating classroom dynamics, which at times can be hostile for faculty from underrepresented groups, and preparing teaching statements with strong evidence of the efficacy of instruction. This component supports faculty members who are from a marginalized group and who will be seeking promotion. It will be led by Becca Price.