We recently completed a Qualtrics survey for information about the challenges that faculty face with staff recruitment and retention. As part of this survey, we received several responses on unrelated topics. In a couple cases, we received comments suggesting that the respondent has encountered issues of sexual discrimination, retaliation, favoritism, and nepotism. I want to emphasize that WSU is publicly and fully committed to creating a workplace free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. If any WSU employee encounters such situations, we strongly encourage you to report your concerns to WSU’s office of Civil Rights and Compliance (CRC) for follow up:https://ccr.wsu.edu/file-a-complaint/.
At the end of the day, we can’t control things like pay raises from the state legislature, but we can control issues that impact the quality of our day-to-day work environment. We can and must do better, but it also requires trust and a willingness to seek help. I’m personally familiar with the staff at CRC and I can vouch for their dedicated efforts to address the wrongs committed by a minority of individuals. Please reach out if you need help.
The latest addition to the Community and Equity Certificate Program includes the new online Workshop: Inclusive Pedagogy
This online training is geared toward faculty members, staff and instructors who intend to embody inclusive values in their classrooms and beyond. The exploration of inclusive pedagogy will focus on: asset vs. deficit based mindset, transparency in course design and delivery, the mitigation of stereotype threat, and modeling/encouraging growth mindset. The principles to be discussed are adaptable to any discipline and can be utilized for undergraduate, graduate, and professional courses.
Workshop Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to articulate and apply the principles of an asset-based mindset.
Participants will explore strategies for reducing stereotype threat in classrooms/meeting spaces.
Participants will identify strategies for increasing course transparency.
Participants will identify strategies for modeling and encouraging growth mindset.
The Faculty Senate will meet Thursday, November 4, 2021 via Zoom at 3:30 p.m. Please note that voting senators should be logged into zoom. Non-voting members and community members may view the Faculty Senate meeting through the YouTube stream.