Professional Development Session with Whitney Peoples on March 10th 2022

Whitney Peoples session
In addition to the opportunities for individual professional learning that have been gathered and shared at the Global Belonging website there’s also an opportunity for everyone in the Global Division and Academic Initiatives Group to participate in an antiracism professional development session facilitated by Dr. Whitney Peoples entitled ‘Naming & Disrupting Cultures & Practices of Whiteness: Transforming Teaching & Learning Contexts.’ This online session, hosted by the Poorvu Center, will take place on March 10th at 1pm (see further details at the link, below).

The session is designed to introduce participants to the critical race framework of whiteness and its relevance to broader DEIB efforts within the Global Division of a curricular, instructional, and structural nature. Dr. Peoples is a feminist scholar and facilitator who serves as the Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and in this role has led exemplary efforts focused on issues of equity and justice in higher education.

Please plan to participate and be sure to fill out your registration (at the link below) as soon as possible so we may appropriately plan the session with Dr. Peoples.

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Discussion Groups Forming

The Antiracism Reading Group, which started with members from Poorvu’s Faculty Teaching Initiatives, Graduate Teaching, and Graduate Writing teams in the spring of 2021, would like to invite new members from the Global Division to join the group for the spring of 2022 semester.

The focus of our group is on the teaching context and facilitating conversations with instructors about implementing antiracist practices in their classrooms. For the Spring 2022 semester, we will start by reading Stephen Brookfield’s book, Teaching Race: how to help students unmask and challenge racism (available online through Yale library). Staff who are facilitating discussions about antiracist pedagogy might find these discussions most relevant, but anyone from the Global Division is welcome to join. If you would like to join, please email Julie McGurk for more information. The group will meet every other Monday, 3-4pm, starting January 24th (via Zoom).

The Global Division Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging planning team is committed to creating or highlighting opportunities for DEIB learning, professional development, and training. In support of this goal, we are seeking a volunteer (or volunteers) to lead a discussion group. Leaders need only to select a relevant book, or article, movie, video, podcast or other form of media, choose a date to hold one discussion and be prepared to lead that one discussion. The DEIB planning team will be responsible for communication and other logistics.

We are aware that some departments within the Global Division already have their own discussion groups and we strongly encourage those groups to continue. Today, we are seeking volunteers who are willing to run a discussion group that is open to cross-Global Division participation. Although the discussion group leader is welcome to select the discussion material, the DEIB planning team can also provide guidance if needed. All those interested to lead a discussion group can email Lucas Swineford to volunteer or seek additional information on this opportunity.

Stay tuned for more information about joining discussion groups…

DEIB Resources

Professional Development Resources

Virtual Conference opportunity:
The NAFSA Association of International Educators’ Diversity and Internationalization Summit will take place February 2, 2022 from 1pm to 3pm EST. To learn more and register to attend please visit the NAFSA website.

Self-guided study options from LinkedIn Learning:

  • Unconscious Bias – We’re all biased. Our experiences shape who we are, and our race, ethnicity, gender, height, weight, sexual orientation, place of birth, and other factors impact the lens with which we view the world. In this course, diversity expert Stacey Gordon helps you recognize and acknowledge your own biases so that you can identify them when making decisions, and prevent yourself from making calls based on a biased viewpoint.
  • Diversity and Inclusion in a Global Enterprise – Finding ways to effectively lead diversity efforts is often seen as the grand challenge for today’s leaders, particularly when you consider the complexity of a global workforce. In this course, join Stefanie Johnson as she discusses the benefits of diversity in general, and shares ways that organizations can enhance diversity and inclusion in different cultural contexts.
  • Leading Inclusive Teams – High-performing teams are comprised of employees who feel empowered, valued, and accepted. By taking steps to establish an inclusive team dynamic, you can positively impact both your team’s morale and your bottom line. In this course, learn how to create a shared understanding of why inclusion is important for your team, as well as revamp your own leadership and communication practices to ensure that your diverse team continues to thrive.
  • Skills for Inclusive Conversations – Organizations reap the benefits of diversity—when employees bring their whole, authentic selves to work. Diverse teams are more productive, innovative, and engaged. Authenticity at work includes sharing and speaking up about work and life experiences that may be different based on one’s identity. Developing the skills to conduct meaningful conversations on potentially polarizing topics such as race, religion, and gender is critical for human resources professionals, managers, and team leaders.


  • “Caste: The Origins of our Discontents” by Isabel Wilkerson
  • “Emergent Strategy” by Adrienne Mares Brown
  • “We Will Not Cancel Us” by Adrienne Mares Brown
  • “Holding Change” by Adrienne Mares Brown
  • “White Fragility” by Robin Diangelo
  • “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi
  • “35 Dumb Things Well Intended People Say” by Maura Cullen
  • “The Difference” by Scott Page
  • “Strategic Diversity Leadership, Activating Change and Transformation In Higher
  • Education” by Damon A. Williams
  • “Blindspot” by Mazarin Banaji





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