Fall 2021 Program

Downloadable fall program schedule is available here. All Eastern Standard Time. 
Guidelines for livestream/virtual attendees/registrants is available here.
NOTE: Registration link for all events will be announced in Purdue Today and sent out to the Center’s email list about 10 days in advance.

August 2021
Wednesday, August 18
3:30-5:00 pm


Workshop for NEW CRN Members (by invitation only)
Friday, August 20
11:00 am – Noon

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WP Series Editorial Board Meeting (by invitation only)
September 2021
Wednesday, September 8
3:00 -4:30 pm
In-person and Live streaming
Support Circle WEN-U Drop-in
Announcing (a) CRN Connect and (b) WGHI as a Collaborative Partner in Support Circle
Remarks by Jay Akridge, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity and Marion Underwood, Dean, College of Health and Human Sciences, & Distinguished Professor, Psychological Sciences, Purdue University.
SESSION: Tips and Resources for the New Academic Year
In this first kick-off session of the academic year, Support Circle Allies and WGHI partners will share the ways they prepare for the academic year. The group will discuss the following questions. What are some of the resources that you lean on heavily throughout the academic year that you always share out? What are your biggest challenges at the start of each semester and how do you prepare for them? What are some of the ways you plan for supporting or acknowledging others?
Panel (all Purdue University): Laura Zanotti, Professor, Anthropology; Patricia Davies, Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Ulrike Dydak, Professor, Health Sciences and Associate Director, Women’s Global Health Institute; Karen Foli, Associate Professor, Nursing; Maria Marshall, Professor, Agricultural Economics; and Dorothy Teegarden, Professor of Nutrition Science and Director of Women’s Global Health Institute.
Moderator: Mangala Subramaniam, Professor and Butler Chair and Director, Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence
Friday, September 17
3:00 -4:30 pm
PMU East and West Faculty Lounges
In-person and Live streaming
Lead by Example (New Series starting Fall 2021)
Roslyn Carter Artis, President, Benedict College, South Carolina
Leadership Language: Articulating Purpose, Preparation and Possibility
(Open to Purdue and members of ACE-Women’s Network of Indiana)
The ‘Lead by Example’ series will feature speakers who model and provide insights about ‘how to be’ in order for women to gain acceptance to move into/succeed in leadership positions. Time and again, women, particularly women of color, leaders are not well regarded, or they lose credibility because they are perceived as crazy, too demanding, too serious, too opportunistic, and so on. The issue of trying to gain credibility as a leader is complicated but such credibility is necessary to be a leader. In order to gain credibility, women of color, and sometimes women, are compelled to behave in specific and constrained ways. In fact, the reality that there are widely shared beliefs about how women, specifically women of color, must present themselves to gain acceptance as leaders can limit what women can do and how they can lead. Suggesting how to lead may feed into stereotypes of what women of color are expected to conform to. The series will feature women leaders who will consider key questions such as, what communication strategies, qualities or features, or ways of interacting make women, particularly women of color, persuasive, credible, successful, and well regarded?
Monday, September 27

Reception for CRN Members and Mentees (by invitation only)
Details will be shared with invitees.
October 2021
Tuesday, October 5
Noon-1:30 pm
In-person and Live Streaming
Support Circle WEN-U Drop-in
How Can Leaders Support Faculty? 
This session is structured as a conversation/discussion with leaders at different levels of the university and from across colleges. The leaders will offer a brief description of their responsibilities and how those relate to understanding culture, colleagues, and support, and how they interface with other leaders. Realistic expectations of how their position functions, and where additional support may reside will be discussed through various vignettes. This 90-minute panel will include about 30 minutes (total) of remarks by all the panelists leaders with most of the time set for a discussion of the vignettes. 
Speakers (all Purdue University): Kathleen Howell, Hsu Lo Distinguished Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics; Klod Kokini, Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Candace Croney, Director of the Center for Animal Welfare Science, Professor of Animal Behavior and Well-being; Linda Prokopy, Head, Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, and Professor, Forestry and Natural Resources; Donna Riley, Kamyar Haghighi Head of the School of Engineering Education; Jeffrey Dukes, Professor, Forestry & Natural Resources and Biological Sciences, Director of Purdue Climate Change Research Center, Belcher Chair for Environmental Sustainability.
Moderator: Laura Zanotti, Professor, Anthropology & Co-Chair SBBCLE Support Circle.
Wednesday, October 13 and Thursday, October 14
In-person and Live Virtual
Institutional Resources to Soar to Promotion12th Annual Conference for Assistant Professors
Day 1: Wednesday, October 13
  • Welcome and Opening Remarks - Mangala Subramaniam, Professor and Butler Center Chair and Director, Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, Purdue University and Jay Akridge, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Diversity, Purdue University
  • Keynote by Lynn Pasquerella, President, Association of American Colleges & Universities
  • Breakout Sessions:
    • Session 1: 'Difference' that Makes a Difference
    • Session 2: Collaborating and Networking
    • Session 3: Balancing Research and Teaching
    • Session 4: Well Being as a Priority
  • Reception
Day 2: Thursday, October 14
  • Preparing for Promotion/Tenure: Top Tips
  • Workshop: Cracking the Confidence Code, conducted by: Alexis Kanda-Olmstead, Director of Advancement Talent Management, Dartmouth College
Thursday, October 14
3:00 - 4:30 pm

Virtual-Live only

Workshop Sponsored by Support Circle: Amplify Women and Gender Initiative
Workshop Conducted by: Alexis Kanda-Omstead, Director, Advancement Talent Management, Dartmouth College
Open to Purdue and members of ACE-Women’s Network of Indiana
‘Me’ and ‘We’: Community Solutions to Combat Internalized Oppression
Oppression takes place on many fronts, including within ourselves and our communities. In this session, we will explore the concept of "internalized oppression," which is when an oppressed group believes stereotypes and myths about their own group and uses the methods of oppression against itself. Participants will learn how internalized oppression manifests personally, when women are most susceptible to it, and why it divides women's communities along the lines of identity. A new model for healing and transforming internalized oppression - Amplify Women & Gender Initiative - will be shared along with activities that can be incorporated into your work with women and other marginalized groups. 
Wednesday, October 20
3:00 - 4:30 pm

Virtual-Live only

Courageous Conversations
Organized by Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence and Purdue Policy Research Institute, Discovery Park
Topic 1 (in two parts): Global Development, Global Justice: Leading, Engaging, and Doing Research
Session 1, Part 1: Led by Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence
Global development and global justice are powerful terms that need to be examined with a critical lens as they are closely intertwined with equity. In the current context of the pandemic, discussions about personal hygiene may seem straightforward in some parts of the world and less so in others because of the lack of access to clean water and food. Additionally, availability and access to vaccines is far from equitable across the globe. Leadership of global institutions and forums could influence equity in profound ways.  In Part 1 of the Courageous Conversation, speakers will approach the notion of development with a critical lens and focus on rights and basic needs in enabling equity.
Speakers: Kali Rubaii, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Purdue University; Cameron Fioret, PhD Candidate, Department of Philosophy, College of Arts, University of Guelph, Canada; Joseph Armand Bombardier CGS Scholar, Department of Philosophy, University of Guelph, Canada; Samantha Fox, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, Ohio Wesleyan University; Kelly Ann Naylor, UNICEF’s Associate Director for Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) & Vice-Chair (elected), UN-Water; Nilupa Gunaratna, Associate Professor, Public Health, Purdue University.
Wednesday, October 27
3:00-4:30 pm

Virtual-Live only

Courageous Conversations
Organized by Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence and Purdue Policy Research Institute, Discovery Park
Topic 1: Global Development, Global Justice: Leading, Engaging, and Doing Research
Session 1, Part 2: Led by the Purdue Policy Research Institute (PPRI)
Following Part 1’s discourse, Part 2 of the Courageous Conversation will move discussion to action and policies as well as policy making related to the topics of access to water, food, housing, and leadership in enabling equity. In this session, a panel of engaged researchers, practitioners, and policy influencers will frame possibilities for next steps. Attendance in Part 1 is highly encouraged, but not required to participate in Part 2. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with the panelists to flesh out ideas further. Following the session, participants and others will be invited to join working groups intended to move potential next steps forward. Following the session, interested attendees will be invited to join working groups to pursue research and/or funding with PPRI and the Butler Center. 
Speakers: Mohamed Hilmi, Senior Coordinator and Technical Specialist for Shelter, Settlements, and Disaster Risk Reduction, InterAction. Additional speakers TBA
November 2021
Wednesday, November 3
Noon-1:30 pm
In-person and Live streaming
Support Circle WEN-U Drop-in
Session on Wellness, Led by Women’s Global Health Institute
Remarks by Theresa Mayer, Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships, Purdue University.
This session focuses on mental health in academia, particularly the stress and anxiety felt by women faculty in the hyper-competitive environment of academic research. A panel of researchers on mental health topics and women leaders in academia will offer their perspectives on the issues and share experiences of staying balanced to achieve work-life fulfillment.
Wednesday, November 10
3:00-4:30 pm
Virtual-Live only
Workshop: Navigating the Invisible: Strategies and Tools to Overcome Adversity, Barriers, and Obstacles
Workshop conducted by: Amy Diehl, PhD
IT Leader, Gender Bias Expert, Speaker
In today’s workplace, unconscious bias and invisible barriers embedded in organizational cultures constrain opportunities for women. Higher education is not immune. While women are 50% of assistant professors, their representation among full professors is only 32.5%. They are also underpaid; full-time female faculty earn only 81% of their male peers’ salaries.  In this interactive workshop, you will learn to recognize gendered barriers which hold faculty members back in the workplace, along with tools and strategies – individual and institutional - to navigate adversity, barriers, and obstacles.
December 2021
Monday, December 6
Noon - 1:30 pm
In-person and Live streaming
Support Circle WEN-U Drop-in
Confronting Stereotyping, Prejudice and Bias
Session with Margo Monteith, Distinguished Professor of Social Psychology, College of Health & Human Services, Purdue University.
The scientific literature reveals that confrontation can be a powerful means of reducing bias, both by heightening people’s awareness of their biases and by making norms against bias salient. Confrontation can also serve as a critical identity-safety cue for individuals who belong to minoritized groups. Discussion will focus on how to confront effectively, and factors that influence both confrontation’s effectiveness for reducing bias and the social costs of confronting.
Tuesday, December 7
3:30 - 5:00 pm
PMU Anniversary Drawing Room
In-person and Live streaming
Violet Haas, Leadership in Action, & Research Grant Awards Reception
Reception open to faculty, staff, and students.
  • Best Practices Tools
  • The Butler Center is creating Best Practices Tools that could be useful for faculty and possibly also inform policies/procedures.  See here for the Tools. Tool #4A and #4B on How to Engage in Discussions of Differences Such as Race were posted this summer.
  • Book Series: Navigating Careers in Higher Education
    The book series, ' Navigating Careers in Higher Education', is an initiative of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence (SBBCLE), Purdue University, West Lafayette (U.S.A) and will be through Purdue University Press. Book proposals can be submitted by anyone in higher education.  See here. Also see Purdue University Press focused on challenges of today.
  • CRN Connect
  • In an effort to share the accomplishments and news of the CRN mentees widely, we have started a monthly newsletter, CRN Connect. The inaugural issue will be announced on September 8, 2021. See here.
  • For Butler Center, Featured in… See here.
  • Working Paper Series: Navigating Careers in the Academy; Gender, Race, and Class
  • Special issue: Higher Education and COVID-19. See here
    Call for abstracts for the Spring 2022. The deadline for submission of abstracts is January 14, 2022. See here.
  • Workshops
    Workshop offerings are available from the Butler Center. See here.