Month: June 2020

June 26, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

In recent weeks, the Black Lives Matter movement has demanded action to address systemic racism. This is an inclusive demand; it means that we need to bring the voices of all oppressed people to the table. This week, for our ADVANCE Weekly Roundup, we’re featuring an article that highlights the desire for indigenous voices to be heard and included in the anti-racism talks that are ongoing in the wake of continued resistance to the status quo. With Native representation in academic faculty even lower than black representation and our regional demographics, we feel these conversations and proactive inclusion activities are important. 

https://www.voanews.com/usa/nation-turmoil-george-floyd-protests/native-americans-want-be-included-race-talks?fbclid=IwAR0O-Kn22LPe3a-06G-Fzd9v9u1DvhYHa_cvnjvvbwElCJvJoJZoI6iYh0o

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Contact us to learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources. (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: www.mtu.edu/advance).


June 18, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

If you read your American history book, you’ll be told that the Emancipation Proclamation of 1862 effectively freed those enslaved in the Confederacy. The reality is that true emancipation did not come for another 3 years. On June 19, 1865, now referred to as Juneteenth, enforcement of Abraham Lincoln’s executive order finally reached Galveston, TX and liberated the last remaining slaves. Tomorrow is Juneteenth and in recognition of this, today’s ADVANCE Weekly Roundup features the Academics for Black Survival and Wellness Week activities beginning today. We encourage you to visit the website below, attend one or more of the virtual activities throughout the week, and learn more about what you can do to promote and adopt anti-racism actions for our students and our community.

https://www.academics4blacklives.com/

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Contact us to learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources. (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: www.mtu.edu/advance).


June 12, ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

As we transition back to campus and embark on a new normalcy before fall, it is critically important that we remember that while all in academia were impacted by the pandemic, not everyone shouldered the burden equally. The literature suggests that extra household burdens likely impacted the productivity of  women, especially women of color the most.  This week’s ADVANCE Weekly Roundup article focuses on how women faculty of color have shouldered the burden during the pandemic and suggests ways in which we can begin to mitigate these added impacts to productivity.

https://insidehighered.com/views/2020/05/13/ensuring-pandemic-doesnt-negatively-impact-women-stem-especially-those-color

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Contact us to learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources. (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: www.mtu.edu/advance).


June 8, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: Special Edition

If you have been following the news recently, you have probably heard the term systemic racism. Maybe you already know what systemic racism is and if that’s the case then we hope that you’re using your knowledge to help educate those around you and actively support changes to the system. But if you’re not quite sure what systemic racism is or maybe you aren’t quite convinced it’s real, we’d like to offer some compelling arguments for your consideration. In place of our usual article, this week we would like to share a few short videos. Each of these videos explains how systemic racism works and provides examples of how and where you can observe it in everyday life. We hope that you’ll take the time to watch these videos, think critically, and act to end systemic racism in America.

https://www.raceforward.org/videos/systemic-racism?emci=dab5cc59-41a4-ea11-9b05-00155d03b5dd&emdi=7ef78950-21a5-ea11-9b05-00155d0394bb&ceid=1493317

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Contact us to learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources. (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: www.mtu.edu/advance)


June 5, 2020 ADVANCE Weekly Roundup

Across the nation, we are seeing protests against police brutality that are being held in the name of equity and equal treatment under the law. These demonstrations are the visible part of the iceberg; the key point is that all of us are responsible for pervasive racism and changing the systems that perpetuate it. For example, efforts to increase campus equity are ineffective without addressing systems that perpetuate exclusion. Without intentional inclusion, diversity is not enough. Today’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup highlights a study from 2017 that underscores the importance of inclusion in our diversity initiatives if we want to ensure lasting change and success.

https://services.lib.mtu.edu:6379/content/357/6356/1101

The ADVANCE Weekly Roundup is brought to you by ADVANCE at Michigan Tech, which is an NSF-funded initiative dedicated to improving faculty career success, retention, diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Contact us to learn more about this week’s topic, our mission, programming efforts, and to check out our growing collection of resources. (advance-mtu@mtu.edu, website: www.mtu.edu/advance).


The Importance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Diversity Council at Michigan Tech shared the article below in today’s edition of Tech Today.

During this global pandemic, we must continue to value diversity, equity and an inclusive community. We’ve all seen the disparate effects of the disease itself and the stay-at-home policy response in our lives and our communities. The disease has disproportionately taken the lives of people of color, the elderly, and those with pre-existing health conditions. The work-from-home period eliminated child and elder care, placing additional care burdens on faculty and staff with care responsibilities, reducing their professional productivity. The disease has emboldened discriminatory actions targeting immigrants and foreign workers, as well as their descendants. Many students have struggled to finish their schoolwork without the on-campus support systems on which they depend. Many in our Michigan Tech community, and their families, have faced economic hardship from job losses. This disease has caused a devastating effect on our economy on every level: our students, employees, the community and the world as a whole.

Now is not the time to push diversity, equity and inclusion work aside. Doing so will place us even further behind in our community-building efforts when the pandemic comes to an end (however and whenever that happens). Now is the time to exercise our compassion, realizing that we don’t always see the burdens that our colleagues, students and friends carry with them. It is also our time to place the safety and well-being of others at the forefront of our minds as we go forward.