Inclusive Academic Workspaces

Workshop Title: Inclusive Academic Workspaces
Material ready to be piloted in fall 2021.
Amruta Inamdar, Center for Career Opportunities; Linda Mason, Graduate School; Mangala Subramaniam, Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence; & Florence Adibu, University of Illinois, International Student and Scholar Services, Illinois International

As faculty and staff at Purdue, we have heard about the experiences of gender and racial biases of various constituencies in their immediate environments as well as in the broader university community. Faculty of color and women, marginalized students, and international students are more likely to disproportionately experience micro-aggressions and implicit bias. Moreover, power and authority complicate interactions among faculty, staff, and graduate students.
Addressing these issues is key for (a) inclusionary practices, (b) shaping experiences and improving climate for faculty, staff and students, and (c) enabling retention and success of women, marginalized students, and international students as well as faculty of color. Being pro-active rather than reactive is a point we take seriously in creating and conducting this workshop. More importantly, this is a strategic investment in faculty, staff, and students to understand difference and ensure cultural competency and recognize that is key to creation of an inclusive workplace.
Our main goal is to enable a model that involves practices of listening and hearing and respect for each other – faculty, staff, graduate students. In reality, it is intended to be a ‘bias busting’ workshop.
Target Audience
Our initial participants will be staff, graduate students, and directors of graduate programs (faculty members managing graduate programs within departments).
Structure and Content
The workshop is designed in an interactive format and is for 90-120 minutes. The workshop focuses on basic concepts and relies on cases for discussion. The workshop covers three main topics - Privilege and Disadvantage; Matrix Model and Intersectionality; How to be an Inclusive Educator – and will emphasize recognizing the power differential. and hope that participants will emerge with an enhanced understanding of basic inclusionary practices.