Research for Real Life: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources for Faculty

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When it comes to creating a sense of place on a decentralized campus, figuring out where to go is half the challenge. A new full directory helps.

Michigan Technological University’s new DEIS Where to Go for What directory covers everything from researching accessible technology to mentoring underrepresented faculty. Divided into three categories — Diversity and Accessibility, Equity and Advocacy, and Inclusion and Belonging — the resource can be found under the policies tab of Michigan Tech’s ADVANCE Initiative website. Campus units are encouraged to share the directory on social media, in their departments and on their web pages.

ADVANCE is a multi-faceted, multi-academic National Science Foundation-funded initiative that promotes faculty retention, career success, and STEM equity.

The directory was compiled by ADVANCE Fellow and 2021 Michigan Tech Diversity Award winner Sonia Goltz, a College of Business faculty member whose research focuses on issues of gender equity and related topics, including social power and fairness. Goltz started the list for one compelling reason: there is demand.

“I knew I had some expertise on the different resources across campus for DEI efforts and I also knew that others don’t always realize what is available and how to access it,” she said. . “I have always loved the Where to Go for What list that was developed for students on campus and have borrowed from this format to disseminate this information.”

Researcher and faculty member Sonia Goltz has contributed her expertise to a project that will benefit Michigan Tech instructors and others looking for a one-stop directory for DEIS resources.

Applications open for the 2022 Diversity Award

Established in 2014, Michigan Tech’s Diversity Award recognizes faculty and staff who demonstrate exemplary commitment to initiatives that promote diversity and inclusion. Their contributions take many forms, including recruitment, retention, teaching, research, multicultural programming, cultural competency, and community outreach. The Diversity Award winner receives a $2,500 prize and is honored at the annual Faculty Awards Celebration in September.

All are invited to submit nominations for the Diversity Awards, which must be submitted by April 30.

After sharing the initial draft with other faculty members and others on campus, she made revisions and received additional affirmation. “One person I asked for feedback said, ‘I hope you get this widely,’ confirming the need for something like this,” Goltz said.

Goltz began developing the document in early 2022 as part of his work with the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Sense of Belonging (DEIS) Affirmative Action Team. The team, made up of staff, faculty, and administrators and organized through the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, focuses on campus-led, quick-start initiatives that throw the basis for future progress. Projects range from introducing campus welcome signs to a corporate speaker series and developing a better understanding between public safety officers and the community.
Goltz and the ADVANCE team will continue to gather feedback and receive suggestions for improving the directory. Although suitable for academic units, there is a lot of generally useful information for everyone. And, the hope is that the list can serve as a springboard for customizing where to go for what for other distinct campus groups within the Michigan Tech community, from youth summer program attendees to new staff. . Since different people consume information in different ways, a printed version of DEIS Where to Go for What is envisioned, which may include QR codes or other means of digitally accessing the material.

Michigan Technological University is a public research university founded in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan, and enrolls more than 7,000 students from 55 countries around the world. Consistently ranked among the top universities in the nation for return on investment, the University offers more than 125 undergraduate and graduate programs in science and technology, engineering, computer science, forestry, business and economics, health professions, science humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and the arts. The rural campus is located a few miles from Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, providing year-round opportunities for outdoor adventure.

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