Did you know that more than sixty-one million Americans have disabilities? Although legislative actions and conversations about the impact of living with disabilities are increasingly common in workplaces and social places, a study by Iezzoni et al. (2021) identified physicians’ perceptions of people with disabilities contributes to health care disparities. In a small national study, . . .
Beginning a new school year can be a moment for recognizing and challenging ingrained patterns and perspectives in order to create a more inclusive and welcoming campus community. One pernicious aspect of campus life is the pervasive ableism that often goes unacknowledged. Ableism refers to the beliefs, practices, and physical arrangements that disadvantage and stigmatize . . .
As we return to campus life, keeping everyone safe requires that we recognize how commonplace logistics and behavioral patterns can create difficulties and even barriers to full access and participation for those with disabilities. The University of Washington’s AccessADVANCE focuses on guidelines for making campus life more accessible for and inclusive of those with disabilities, . . .
The Fall semester is about to begin and while we look forward to starting again, we must also acknowledge the lingering grief, trauma, and upheaval of the past year. This week’s article in Inside Higher Ed notes that many faculty, staff, and administrators will continue to serve as front-line support for students and others in . . .
ADVANCE Weekly Roundup: Presidential Executive Order Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility
This last month, President Biden signed an Executive Order Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in the Federal Government. The premise is based upon public servants reflecting the communities they serve; this has parallels in academia as well. ADVANCE at Michigan Tech is very encouraged by these measures to assess DEIA in the workforce . . .
Inequitable workload assignments can impact faculty progress and success especially among pre-tenure and URM faculty. This week’s roundup is a blog post and paper that refer to a survey of mostly STEM departments that reveals inequities in faculty workloads. Most significantly, it includes links to a suite of strategies and policies that unit administrators can . . .
Why do people who know better stay silent in the face of damaging behaviors? Through engaging stories, this article in the journal Studies in Symbolic Interaction discusses how the angry expression of power over others is enabled through the silencing of those with lower status who witness its expression. Status silencing uses the fear of . . .
A statistical abstract report from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics at the National Science Foundation highlights that women holding academic jobs in science, engineering and health fields increased from 26% in 1999 to 39% in 2019, and underrepresented minorities now hold 9%. While we should celebrate these improvements, the reality is that these . . .
Gendered expectations impact nearly every aspect of our professional and personal lives, but we can learn to push back against biases. This is what Jennie Weiner, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Connecticut, addresses as the guest on Harvard Graduate School of Education’s EdCast with Jill Anderson. Dr. Weiner is also the . . .
Documenting the impact of the COVID shutdowns during 2020-21 on the productivity and well-being of students and faculty in higher education is critical to responsive efforts toward recovery. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has released a report, Impact of COVID-19 on the Careers of Women in Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, documenting the . . .