CRN and Support Circle
The Coaching and Resource Network (CRN) was formally announced in May 2019 and became operative in fall 2019. The CRN is not a typical mentoring program focused on advice and guidance for research or grant writing. It is intended to provide broader support for faculty who may be isolated, face challenges that cannot be typically shared within the department or college, and who need encouragement and the confidence to succeed. Success of faculty, especially women and underrepresented faculty, is central to the mission of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence. The CRN continues to be offered as an initiative for faculty. The CRN has been positively cited in scholarly work, featured in a podcast interview, and referenced in an interview.
In the midst of the two 2020 crises – COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing protests against racial injustices – there has been much anxiety and stress among faculty, staff, and students on campus. In an effort to respond to these experiences and mitigate stress, the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence (Butler Center) created the ‘Support Circle’ as a care network. Started in August 2020, the Support Circle complements the CRN by providing a space for group sharing and mentoring. In an update, the Women’s Global Health Institute (WGHI) will be a partner in organizing the Support Circle. The Butler Center will remain the lead and WGHI will be an equal collaborator starting August 2021.