January Symposium

Critically Informed BIPOC Faculty Mentoring: Advocates, Networks, and Communities of Support (Online Institute)

Wed, 13 Jan 2021 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The CFI is proud to offer this half-day, intensive program as its online January Institute for 2021.

You have registered before Tue, Jan 12 at 11 AM to receive the Zoom link.

Despite decades of research and focus on recruiting and retaining Black, Indigenous, and other Persons of Color (BIPOC) into full-time faculty positions, recent studies (e.g., Vasquez Heilig et al., 2019) suggest that there has been little growth in the number of BIPOC faculty across higher education institutions. Furthermore, the number of BIPOC faculty assuming higher level administrative roles, which are often tied to post-probationary faculty ranks, has also remained stagnant. There are clear persistent and historically structural challenges that disrupt BIPOC faculty retention and career advancement. One such challenge is the absence of consistent and productive mentorship at many predominately white institutions (PWIs). The persistent disparities and inequity in higher education point towards a need to acknowledge the harm (e.g., discrimination, battle fatigue) and inequity BIPOC individuals encounter as they navigate historically White institutions. Through this institute, Dr. Longmire-Avital will present a critical mentoring framework rooted in the developmental experiences of BIPOC faculty. The goal of this institute is twofold: (1) The cultivation of critical informed mentoring practices, specifically for non-BIPOC faculty; and (2) strategies for maximizing mentorship impact across the career lifespan for BIPOC faculty. Finally, Dr. Longmire-Avital will facilitate discussions on embracing and sustaining an equitable culture of mentorship at JMU.

Facilitator and Guest Scholar: Dr. Buffie Longmire-Avital, Ph. D., Elon University


Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Exploring multiple sustainable mentorship models for BIPOC faculty career development and retention and best practices for mentoring;
  • Ascertaining how both critical theories and harm reduction approaches can be applied to working with and by BIPOC faculty navigating historically White spaces;
  • Critiquing how institutional structures support or challenge the creation of frameworks that engage and sustain a culture of mentorship at JMU;
  • Improving existing mentoring practices of and for BIPOC faculty at JMU; and
  • Exploring examples of career stage and position appropriate approaches to building/maintaining a mentorship network.

Faculty participants will make progress toward this career planning outcome:

  • Developing and fostering productive mentoring and networking relationships.

Faculty participants will make progress toward this scholarship outcome:

  • Practicing the integration of scholarship with teaching and other career aspirations.

Our programs are intended for JMU faculty or staff only. If you are a student or administrator and would like to attend, please sign up and leave a note at the end of the survey.

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please describe any considerations (e.g., disability, wellness, cultural, etc.) you want us to know about in the registration survey. You may also reach out to us personally at Tiffany Runion, runiontt@jmu.edu or (540)860-0524.

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