Why a website for faculty of color?

According to the 2020 census, African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinx, and Native Americans constitute about 39% of the U.S population; yet in 2016 they represented only 20% of the faculty of degree-granting institutions of higher education and only about 10% of tenured-track professors (U.S. Department of Education, 2016; Finkelstein, Conley & Shuster, 2016).

This is problem.

Such underrepresentation can contribute to faculty of color feeling personally and professionally isolated, especially if they work at predominantly White institutions (Tuitt, Hanna, Martinez, del Carmen Salazar, & Griffin, 2009). Additionally, faculty of color report facing discrimination at their place of work (Chesler & Young, 2007), which is unfortunate as current scholarship indicates that faculty of color make unique and invaluable contributions to their institutions inside and outside the classroom (Matthew, 2016).

The Purpose of Our Site

To address this need, we created this website, with funding from the Consortium on High Achievement and Success, which includes resources that can inform and guide educational institutions in supporting faculty of color. Here we provide links to research that document how faculty of color are changing the educational landscape and are engaging in more inclusive and innovative pedagogy. Additionally, we provide links to research that note the challenges they face in their work and development, and provide action steps that can be taken to address their unmet needs.

The information on this website can be used to create working groups to review (and ideally revise) your institutions policies. If you are a faculty of color, it can be used to help you learn more about your own experience in academia, help find literature to document your experiences when it comes time for your review, or can even be used to help organize workshops or reading groups on this topic

Our website is organized in three parts:

Organization of Site

  1. First, we provide a RESOURCE page that provides links the available research on faculty of color.
  2. Next, we have a CONTENT ANALYSES page that provides an overview of common themes noted in the literature.
  3. Last, we provide a page on ACTIONS that institutions can take to create more inclusive environments.

If you are a faculty of color, or someone who is interested in creating more a inclusive and diverse environment at your institution – then this website is for YOU.

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