I don’t go in much for New Year’s resolutions (who does anymore?), but I do love making “To Do” lists. I read once that we are more likely to finish tasks if we write them down, and so here is my 2013 Diversity To Do List.
I’ve culled it from the conversations I had in 2012 with faculty and administrators from different parts of the country about diversity and tenure. These discussions move beyond the challenges (and successes) in the personal narratives collected in the anthology and towards possible strategies and solutions. They usually started with an invitation to give a talk about diversity and higher education and then meandered a bit as we discussed what such a talk might offer in practical terms (I want do more than preach to the choir or offer trite platitudes).
So, from time to time in the coming year, I’ll be taking up the issues listed below in this space. I hope they will offer thoughts and suggestions along the lines of this post I wrote about double-diversity and Derrick Bell last year. I certainly don’t have all of the answers (especially about geographic obstacles to diversity), but I list them now with the hopes that those with more experience and expertise will make recommendations about how to approach these topics, suggest relevant readings, or comment on my thoughts and suggestions:
• Improving the Post-Doc Diversity Fellowship
• How to prepare a search committee to (actually) hire for diversity
• What faculty of color want and need from their white colleagues
• Geographic obstacles—how to build diversity outside of cities where faculty of color tendcluster
• Most common mistakes departments make when hiring faculty of color
• What does good mentoring look like? Or, more specifically, what do junior faculty of color need?
• Diversity through curricular revision; or, the yeoman’s work of bringing in a specialist in ethnic studies (of any kind)
• How to use social media to bolster diversity (does Digital Humanities as a discipline offer a useful model to adapt?)
• How to start a conversation about diversity in your department