Inclusive Departmental Practices

Please join Caitlyn Butler (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Curt Griffin (Environmental Conservation), and Greeley Kyle (Journalism) UMass Amherst on Zoom, November 12, 2020 from 3:00-4:00pm.

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Inclusive and equitable departments don't just happen automatically but are the result of practices by the faculty in those departments. Research at UMass has shown that women faculty are less likely than men colleagues to feel respected and included in their departments, engaged in positive professional interactions with colleagues, and consulted and heard by their department Heads and Chairs. Chairs and faculty members can set the stage for greater inclusivity in their department in many ways. These efforts may require investing time into developing more inclusive practices – but they pay rich dividends, as faculty are more likely to succeed, develop collaborations, and contribute when their departments are inclusive. Departments may need different kinds of practices depending on their field. Learn from panelists from across three colleges who have been particularly successful at building a sense of inclusion and community in their departments at UMass.