|About this Abstract
||2016 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
||Transforming the Diversity Landscape
||JSU ADVANCE: Bias Awareness Strategies to Affect University Policies
||Thomas Hudson, Loretta Moore, Janice Lassiter-Mangana
|On-Site Speaker (Planned)
JSU ADVANCE has made bold efforts towards the transformation of the campus climate in regards to gender bias in STEM and SBS disciplines. Formal bias training of the cabinet and academic unit leaders was conducted by an outside consultant; and after having identified pockets of resistance among College of Science, Engineering, and Technology chairs, a needs assessment was conducted by an outside consultant. JSU’s Chief Diversity Officer has designed online and group training modules to eradicate bias and foster a climate of inclusion. JSU has developed a diversity plan that includes search and hiring, and promotion and tenure training. Included in the proposed plan are incentives for program initiatives that increase diversity at the institution. Policies that must meet compliance with federal government, state agencies, and accrediting bodies are being leveraged as tools to improve campus understanding of the biases that impact the way in which gender issues are treated.