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Faculty of Color Cross-Institutional Mentorship Program

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Update on the 2020-2021 Cross Institutional Faculty of Color (BIPOC) Mentorship Program

With the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic before us, the Cross Institutional Faculty of Color (BIPOC) Mentorship Program Advisory Board has made the difficult determination that we will not be able to safely provide faculty participants the deep and expansive in-person experience that has been a central highlight of this state-wide initiative during the upcoming 2020-21 academic year.

This period of “pause” will allow the Advisory Board to strategically review and assess the past four years of the program; clarify and strengthen programmatic mission, goals and structures; and expand intentional supports for BIPOC faculty in the community and technical college system.  

We also acknowledge that we are living in extremely challenging times of a double pandemic: COVID-19 and the rising awareness (but stubborn persistence) of structural racism rooted in four centuries of White supremacy. We continue to remain firm in our ongoing commitment to dismantle anti-Blackness and other forms of individual and institutional racism across and within our social institutions and workplaces.

This webpage will be regularly updated as we take into consideration guidance from Governor Inslee and the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges. Please reach out to any member of the Advisory Board with questions.

Faculty of Color Cross-Institutional Mentorship Program

The Faculty of Color Cross-Institutional Mentorship Program serves full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty who identify as being of color by naming and challenging historical institutional barriers through:

  • Supporting and facilitating faculty development, personally and professionally, through one-to-one and group mentoring.
  • Increasing collaboration and networking opportunities cross-institution.
  • Creating a community that will impact the success and retention of faculty of color at their respective institutions.
  • Offering professional learning opportunities targeted towards making explicit the link between student success and faculty development — improving instructional quality.
  • Developing individual and collective capacity in effective cross-cultural communication.
  • Further identifying and growing professional development programming addressing the needs unique to faculty of color in our Washington State community and technical college system.

While designed to support individual faculty members as they grow in their new roles, this program will also indirectly:

  • Impact future recruitment and hiring of diverse faculty, and
  • Improve the cultural climate of our institutions.

2019-2020 Retreats 

Retreat Date and Location
Fall Retreat Oct. 4, 2019, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Hotel Interurban, Tukwila
Winter Retreat Jan. 24, 2020, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Hotel Interurban, Tukwila
Spring Retreat - CANCELLED DUE TO STATE SOCIAL DISTANCING SAFETY PRECAUTIONS May 15, 2020, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Hotel Interurban, Tukwila

Current Retreat

Details for the next retreat.

Past Retreat Materials

Meeting materials and handouts for past retreats.

Advisory Council and Participants

Membership information including Advisory Council contacts and current year participants.

Resources

Faculty interviews, testimonials, assessment/data and more.

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Despite efforts to diversify hiring and recruiting practices, faculty of color experience systemic challenges that remain unaddressed. The number of full-time faculty of color across the Washington state community and technical college system has remained within 14-16 percent since 2010. Therefore, there is a need for both strong mentorship and more transparent support systems.

Mentors are full-time faculty members with three or more years of full-time experience in their faculty role, who identify as being a person of color and are employed at one of the 34 Washington state community and technical colleges or baccalaureate institutions.

Mentees  are full-time faculty members with less than three years of full-time experience in their faculty role, who identify as being a person of color and teach at one of the 34 Washington state community and technical colleges.

All participants are encouraged to attend all three retreats, as this interaction supports both the mentor/mentee relationship, as well as the cohesion and relationship-building of the participants. Attendance at the fall retreat is required as this is where mentor/mentee pairing and training will take place.

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Last Modified: 6/19/20 12:12 PM

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