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Women of Color in the Academy Project

The Women of Color in the Academy Project (WOCAP) is a campus-wide faculty network at U-M, committed to highlighting the work of women of color scholars, promoting their development, creating a supportive and inclusive community, and advocating for institutional change on their behalf. WOCAP hosts writing retreats, weekly writing sessions, bi-annual dinners, and other networking and professional development opportunities.

Vision Statement

Achieving a university where all women of color faculty experience success, leadership, visibility and representation at all levels of governance.

The campus-wide WOCAP faculty steering committee would like to extend an invitation to all instructional track faculty who are, or identify with, women of color, and would like to work together to call attention to structural barriers and promote solutions to enhance the success of women in color in academia.

Contact Gloryvee Fonseca-Bolorin at 734-764-6360 or wocapinfo@umich.edu for additional information about WOCAP.

2018-2019 WOCAP Faculty Steering Committee

Maria Castro, R C Schneider Collegiate Professor, Professor of Neurosurgery and Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, Medical School

Patricia Coleman-Burns, Assistant Professor Emerita of Nursing, School of Nursing

Youngju Ryu,  Associate Professor of Modern Korean Literature

Denise Sekaquaptewa, Associate Chair of Psychology, and Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Hitomi (Tomi) Tonomura, Professor of History and Women’s Studies, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Gloryvee Fonseca-Bolorin, WOCAP Project Coordinator

Events

Sampling of Past WOCAP Events

  • WOCAP Overnight Writing Retreats
  • Shirley Verrett Tribute and Awards Presentations
  • WOCAP Academic Promotions Celebration
  • WOCAP Fall Welcome Dinners
  • WOCAP Spring Celebration Dinners
  • WOCAP WRITEins
  • “Advancing Together” March 2011 Conference with a keynote address by Dr. Nancy Barcelo, President of Northern New Mexico College, and breakout sessions featuring faculty from across the UM campus. Topics of discussion included:
    • Promising Practices for a Diverse Campus
    • Considering Leadership Positions
    • Academia and Community Engagement
    • Promotion from Associate to Full Professor
    • Balancing Work and Personal Life
    • Mentoring for Junior and Mid-Career Faculty

Sampling of Past WOCAP Projects

Professionals of Color Connect
A networking event in the summer of 2010 for area professionals, featuring the performances of 3 UM faculty members: renowned jazz pianist Geri Allen, bassist Robert Hurst, and dancer Robin Wilson.

“State of Women of Color at the University of Michigan Address”
Held in the Winter of 2008, the purpose of this panel of speakers was to spark dialogue within the university community about the state of recruitment, retention, and promotion of women of color faculty across ranks, departments, and units. We hoped to develop interventions that will lead to the successful recruitment and retention of women of color, as well as improve classroom environments, departmental climates, and service contributions.

Through My Lens Video Project
The video project “Through My Lens” was completed in the fall of 1999. The video was produced to capture the experiences of women of color faculty at U-M as a part of a broad undertaking to create a dialogue that would lead to promoting reform in the recruitment, retention, and overall satisfaction of women of color faculty in academe.

The 27-minute presentation captures salient commentary by women of color faculty on such pertinent themes as: campus climate, isolation/lack of community, balance issues between career and family, and recruitment/retention issues.

Shirley Verrett Award

Shirley Verrett 2018

The Shirley Verrett Award was created in 2012 by the Office of the Senior Vice Provost in honor of the late Shirley Verrett, a teacher who “would have walked the world over for her students.” Ms. Verrett was a James Earl Jones Distinguished University Professor of Voice at the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, as well as an internationally acclaimed opera singer who was one of the pioneering leaders in the generation of black opera singers. Ms. Verrett performed over 40 roles all over the world during the course of her illustrious four-decade career.

This award recognizes a faculty member whose work – teaching, performance, scholarship, or service –supports the success of female students or faculty in the arts who come from diverse cultural and racial backgrounds. Please note: “Arts” are broadly defined to include literary, visual, and performance arts (for example, poetry, photography, painting, dance, films).

A nominee should be a full-time tenured/tenure-track, lecturer or clinical faculty member at University of Michigan who is dedicated to:

  • Enhancing the success of women of color students and faculty in the arts.
  • Encouraging students’ intellectual curiosity and personal development.
  • Being committed to diversity as an important part of the University’s educational mission.

One award is made annually and includes a $5,000 stipend. Nominations (including self-nominations) and letters of support are welcome from faculty, staff, and students. Please note, the nomination requires two additional statements of support.

Winners

2011-2012: Professor Glenda Dickerson, Department of Theatre and Drama, School of Music, Theatre and Dance

2012-2013: Professor Robin Wilson, Department of Theatre And Drama, School of Music, Theatre and Dance

2013-2014: Professor Charles Oyamo Gordon, English Language and Literature, School of Music, Theatre

2014-2015: Professor Emerita Lorna Goodison, English Language and Literature, Afroamerican and African Studies

2015-2016: Professor Emeritus George Shirley, Joseph Edgar Maddy Distinguished University Emeritus Professor of Voice, School of Music, Theatre & Dance

2016-2017: Anita Gonzalez, Professor of Theatre & Drama, School of Music, Theatre & Dance

2017-2018: Naomi André, Associate Director for Faculty, Residential College, and Associate Professor, Afroamerican and African Studies, the Residential College, and Women’s Studies

Faculty Resources

General Programs and Policies

ADVANCE
http://advance.umich.edu
Resources for faculty on mentoring guidelines and career advising.  In addition, resources for diverse recruitment and retention, as well as climate issues and leadership development. Reports on UM faculty equity, institutional diversity, and university policies and practices.

Faculty Ombuds
www.umich.edu/~facombud
The University Faculty Ombuds provides information, options, impartial review, and help in resolving conflicts, and they offer feedback and recommendations for system change to senior administration. Each school/college also has their own Ombuds.

Office of the Provost
www.provost.umich.edu
Academic Policies for Faculty (see “Faculty Information” section) including faculty handbook, promotion guidelines, university family-friendly policies, joint academic appointments, dual career program, and use of research and discretionary accounts.

U-M’s institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) allows all U-M faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students to take advantage of the resources offered by the NCFDD for free. For more information and instructions on how to sign up for a FREE sub-account under U-M’s institutional membership, please visit this website: http://odei.umich.edu/national-center-for-faculty-dev-and-diversity/

Teaching and Research

Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS)
http://lsa.umich.edu/cgis/faculty-and-partners/working-with-cgis.html

This is the study abroad office for students, but also provides opportunities for faculty to teach abroad (both semester and summer), and provides funding to incorporate overseas components to UM courses (through the Global Course Connections program).

Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT)
www.crlt.umich.edu/
Strategies for teaching, including tips for using technology in teaching and working in a multicultural classroom. Information on UM grants for enhancing teaching and learning. Lots of links to other UM teaching resources.

Center for Statistical Consultation and Research (C-SCAR)
http://cscar.research.umich.edu
Provides free consulting on statistical analysis and research design; long term consulting services also available by arrangement.

Faculty Exploratory (in the Hatcher Graduate Library)
www.lib.umich.edu/faculty-exploratory
Free workshops on eResearch (IRB), finding grant money, using Ctools and clickers, building websites and electronic bibliographies

MPublishing and Author-Publisher Liaison (APL)
www.publishing.umich.edu/services
Consultation services on copyright  and digital publishing issues. Also maintain a list of editors (email mpublishing@umich.edu for a current list). The APL will provide publishing-related services and guidance on such aspects as approaching acquisitions editors, manuscript submissions, identifying the market, and understanding subventions, permissions, and contract terms. Faculty can contact Rebecca Sestili at any time (i.e. even right when you arrive) to have either a casual or substantive conversation about any part of the publishing process.

Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR)
research.umich.edu/ovpr
Internal funding/support for research, scholarship, and creative activities in all fields.

Dual Career Resources

Dual Career Program
www.provost.umich.edu/programs/dual_career
Information on UM’s Dual Career Program which recognizes dual career partner assistance as a crucial element in recruiting and retaining its excellent faculty.

HERC (Higher Education Recruitment Consortium)
www.michiganherc.org
Website with listings of jobs in regional institutions of higher education (e.g., Oakland University, Eastern Michigan University, University of Detroit Mercy); Good for those with dual career issues.

Human Resources Dual Career Resources
hr.umich.edu/empserv/dual
UM site with information on local employers besides the University, as well as resources for international families.

Beyond Work

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP)
www.umich.edu/~fasap
Free, confidential, short-term counseling services for faculty—dealing with personal or workplace issues such as grief, relationships, substance abuse and stress.

Work/Life Resource Center
www.hr.umich.edu/worklife
Information on local childcare (both centers, and home-based daycare) and eldercare resources, as well as a listing of family helpers (for running errands, yardwork, pet sitting, etc).

Kids Kare at Home is a back-up child care program for families at the University of Michigan. It is a back-up option when your child is sick and cannot be sent to school/child care or your regular child care is not available. A trained caregiver who will come to your home and you will be charged a sliding scale hourly rate. www.hr.umich.edu/worklife/kidskare

Working with Students

Emergencies/Critical Incidents

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
www.umich.edu/~caps
Free short term and crisis counseling for students on the 3rd Floor of the Michigan Union. They have a counselor on duty for walk-in emergencies.

Some tips/faqs for dealing with students here www.umich.edu/~mhealth/faculty.html

Dean of Students
www.umich.edu/~dofs/contact.html
Critical incident management–student emergency outside of the academic setting; Dean of Students office will coordinate services and support.

Department of Public Safety (DPS)
http://www.dpss.umich.edu
Campus police. If in doubt, CALL 911 from any campus phone, or 734-763-1131 for non-emergencies.

Ombuds
https://ombuds.umich.edu
Good place to refer students to if they are having a problem or conflict involving the University and don’t know how to proceed – or if you are trying to avoid escalating a problem into a serious conflict.

Psychiatric Emergency Services
www.psych.med.umich.edu/patient-care/psychiatric-emergency-service
University of Michigan Hospital’s Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) provides emergency/urgent walk-in evaluation and crisis phone services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for people of all ages. 734-936-5900

Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC)
sapac.umich.edu/article/182
The crisis line (734-936-3333) is available 24-hours a day and is staffed by professionals, who provide confidential crisis intervention, information and referral services to survivors of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, sexual harassment and stalking.

Classroom Issues

Academic Integrity
http://www.lib.umich.edu/academic-integrity/resources-instructors
General resources about plagiarism and cheating; each school/college has different policies for dealing with academic integrity:

Engineering
http://ossa.engin.umich.edu/honor-council
LS&A
www.lsa.umich.edu/academicintegrity

Grade Grievance
Guidelines for dealing with student grade grievances in LSA and Engineering; generally starts with the instructor, and then to the department before moving to the College level.

Engineering
http://www.engin.umich.edu/college/academics/bulletin/rules/standing
LS&A
www.lsa.umich.edu/facstaff/saa/gradegrievance

Office of Services for Students with Disabilities
www.umich.edu/~sswd
If you have a student who needs accommodations in the classroom, SSWD is the office that works with students to determine (and receive) needed accommodations.

Financial Issues

Center for the Education of Women (CEW)
cew.umich.edu
CEW has “critical difference” grants available for current UM Ann Arbor campus students; grants are for unforeseen/emergency situations. Students must make a (free) appointment to see a counselor to determine eligibility.

Financial Aid
www.finaid.umich.edu/
Loans, grants/scholarships, work-study, as well as special funding such as: emergency loans for international students, child care subsidies.

Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

Academic and Staff HR Services
hr.umich.edu/acadhr/grads/index.html
Provides advice and consultation primarily to academic administrators, but also to faculty, particularly with regard to graduate student appointments

Benefits Office
benefits.umich.edu/benefitgroups/research.html 
UM Benefits Office info, which is applicable to “Research Fellows” who are employee trainees of UM. (Between 10-15% of UM’s postdocs are classified as scholar trainees because of the way they are funded. Most scholar trainees are eligible for the same benefits as employee trainees; see PACWI Memo on Postdocs pages 2 and 4)

Mentoring Others Results in Excellence (MORE)
www.more.umich.edu
Resources for faculty who are mentoring graduate students

PACWI Recommendations for Postdocs 
Includes recommendations and resources for postdoc appointments, including a checklist for hiring and onboarding new postdocs.  Recommended reading for faculty and new postdocs. Also a link to the University’s Standard Practice Guide (SPG) for Research Fellows.

Finding Your Way Around Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor City Guide (includes info on schools, neighborhoods, religious and cultural centers, local government) arborweb.com/cityguide.html

– Publishes a monthly magazine Ann Arbor Observer which should be delivered to all Ann Arbor residents for free arborweb.com/subscribe.html#volorder

Campus Maps and Transportation (but lots of links that will give you information about Ann Arbor area as well) www.umich.edu/~info/mapsAndDirections.html

Events on campus events.umich.edu

Michigan Road Scholars www.mrs.umich.edu A unique opportunity to meet other faculty and learn about the State of Michigan on a one week road trip across the state. Applications due annually in early December.

University Musical Society (UMS) www.ums.org Connects audiences with performing artists from around the world in uncommon and engaging experiences.

Other WOCAP Recommendations

General

MCard Discounts
(you can get discounts on everything from airport parking to cell phone plans with your MCard)
www.finance.umich.edu/treasury/mcard/discounts

Hair and Beauty

Brow Art 23
at Briarwood Mall (next to California Pizza Kitchen); eyebrow threading

Mark Nine (Nessa specializes in natural black haircare and styles) 320 Miller, Ann Arbor 604-0211

Penthouse Hair Designs (for black hair) 561 North Hewitt Road, Ypsilanti 434-6419

Popular daycare options

Community Day Care
(not-profit preschool, with sliding scale tuition)

Gretchen’s House (7 Centers in Ann Arbor with infant care, some with transportation to aftercare from some elementary schools)
gretchenshouse.com/

UM Early Childhood Programs (4 Centers in Ann Arbor, serving different ages–including infant care–and schedules) www.hr.umich.edu/childcare/index.html

YMCA (preschool and transportation to aftercare from some elementary schools)

Running a household

ArborParents
(great Ann Arbor email group–information on everything from childcare, camps, parenting, housecleaning, service provider database.).
groups.yahoo.com/group/arborparents

What’s Cooking (prepared meals delivered to your home, or pick up locations around town) www.whatscookinga2.com

Other recommendations? Please email the WOCAP Project Coordinator at wocapinfo@umich.edu.

Research

Research Articles of Interest to WOCAP faculty

Asian Women in STEM Careers: An Invisible Minority in a Double Bind

Overcoming Barriers of Tradition Through an Effective New Graduate Admission Policy

Together but Unequal: Gender Inequity in the Academy 

Racial Privilege in the Professoriate: An Exploration of Campus Climate, Retention, and Satisfaction

The Climate for Women in Academic Science: The Good, the Bad, and the Changeable

Maids of Academe: African American Women Faculty at Predominately White Institutions

Un/masking Identity: Healing Our Wounded Souls

African American Women and the Academy: Using Career Mentoring to increase Research Productivity

Race and Gender Oppresion in the Classroom: The Experiences of Women Faculty of Color with White Male Students

Smiling Faces and Colored Spaces: The Experiences of Faculty of Color Pursuing Tenure in the Academy

Women and Women of Color in Leadership: Complexity, Identity, and Intersectionality

Body Projects of Young Women of Color in Physics: Intersections of Gender, Race, and Science

Women of Color in the Academy: Where’s Our Authority in the Classroom?

Women of Color in Academe: Living with Multiple Marginality

Research on the Status and Experience of Women of Color at Michigan

Women of Color Faculty at the University of Michigan: Recruitment, Retention, and Campus Climate (2008, Aimee Cox for the CEW)
Cox conducted extensive interviews with current and former women of color faculty members at the University of Michigan. Her findings? Their numbers are small; they experience significant annual attrition; they are often called on to perform extra service without compensatory support. Aimee Cox was the 2007-2008 Center for the Education of Women (CEW) Jean Campbell Research Scholar and a current Assistant Professor of African American and African Studies at Rutgers University.

The Status of Women Report (2009, President’s Advisory Commission on Women’s Issues–PACWI)
PACWI’s report provides data on the status of women students, faculty, and staff at the University of Michigan. This new report adds to the knowledge accumulated in four earlier editions, and presents an accurate measure of the relative standing of women in the University, identifies areas where inequities still exist, and provides benchmarks for setting goals and measuring progress. There is a specific section on women of color faculty:

Experiencing Michigan: Accounts by Faculty from Underrepresented Minorities (2006, ADVANCE)
Twenty-six science and engineering faculty drawn from four racial-ethnic groups (African American, Latino, Native American and Asian/Asian American) were interviewed by a member of the ADVANCE Project staff during the summer of 2006. Most of the faculty of color interviewed regard the University of Michigan and their departments as offering many positive career opportunities. At the same time, a large proportion of them report serious interest in leaving the UM, in part because of their experiences both in the University and in the larger community. These include isolation, a sense of being marginal or unvalued, exclusion from decision-making and from networks, and disrespect and lack of deference from students. These difficulties are exacerbated by frequent experiences of heightened visibility and of being viewed as a representative of a group.

Instructor Identity: The Impact of Gender and Race on Faculty Experiences with Teaching (2004, Diana Kardia & Mary Wright for CRLT).
Some teaching challenges are enacted along gendered and racial/ethnic lines in ways that significantly alter the teaching experience for women faculty and faculty of color. In this Occasional Paper we describe findings from the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching’s (CRLT) research about these challenges, contextualize these findings in the literature on gender and student ratings, and suggest strategies for U-M faculty and administrators in regard to teaching and using student evaluations.

Institutional Indicator Report (2010, ADVANCE)
Since its creation with the support of an NSF grant in 2002, the ADVANCE program has created institutional indicators reports for each academic year (AY), but for 2007. These reports present statistical data on all faculty with appointments on the instructional (tenure), primary research, and clinical tracks, by gender and race/ethnicity, at the University of Michigan. These reports are divided into three sections: overall campus-wide assessment; indicators for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) faculty campus-wide; and indicators for non-STEM faculty campus-wide. The overall campus-wide assessment provides summary information about all faculty on the instructional, research and clinical tracks.

For previous years reports:
http://sitemaker.umich.edu/advance/institutional_indicator_reports