The Adoption of a Diversity and Inclusion Initiative by Faculty Leaders
As part of a larger series of initiatives looking to diversify faculty hiring at the University of Virginia, the "Directors of Diversity and Inclusion" program was proposed to infiltrate and expose the biases that exist within an academic department, from recruiting and hiring to the creation of syllabi and classroom discussions. The goal of this program was to create a critical mass of trained faculty who would be able to recognize and respond to these conscious and unconscious biases, and was voted on and approved by the departmental chairs and directors of the college. Each academic department across the College of Arts and Sciences has a faculty member who is a director of diversity and inclusion (DDI). However, the program did not start out in its final form. Find out how the adoption of the DDIs began and how other colleges at the University of Virginia are adapting it to their own needs.
Gertrude Fraser, Associate Professor, and Debbie Mincarelli, Senior Human Resources Business Partner for Human Resources, University of Virginia