The Office of Equity and Inclusion will be hosting Ruth Zambrana for a public talk titled “Toxic Ivory Towers: Consequences of Work Stress on Underrepresented Faculty” Thursday, April 4 at 4 p.m. in S131 Integrated Learning Center (ILC). The event, based on her book of the same name, is free and open to the public.
“Toxic Ivory Towers: Consequences of Work Stress on Underrepresented Faculty” (Rutgers University Press, 2018) takes an in-depth look at the institutional factors impacting the ability of underrepresented minority (URM) faculty to be successful at their jobs and to flourish in academia. Zambrana will discuss not only how various dimensions of identity inequality are expressed in the academy and how these social statuses influence the health and well-being of faculty, but also how institutional policies and practices can be used to transform the culture of an institution to increase rates of retention and promotion so URM faculty can thrive.
Zambrana is a professor in the department of women’s studies and director of the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity at the University of Maryland, College Park, and adjunct professor of family medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Medicine.
While on campus, she will meet with a number of campus constituents in small group sessions. These meetings will include campus leadership, members of the UMass book group on ‘Toxic Ivory Towers’ and underrepresented faculty at varying points in their careers.