White Allies as Transformational Leaders
White Allies as Transformational Leaders is a strategic and responsive diversity education initiative that builds capacity for effective white allyship by emphasizing best practices for inclusive leadership. Participants are typically academic department heads / chairs, full Professors, or in positions of influence in their areas. They agree to participate as a cohort for the academic year, and to take what they learned back to their departments.
There are three components to the experience:
Stepping Up: This includes doing the personal work to understand what authentic allyship is and the dispositions required to practice it and making the commitment to stick with the cohort for a year of reflection and study.
Stepping Back: This includes listening and learning from both research and lived experience of BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and disabled people who have experienced marginalization in the academy. This component involves a facilitated reading of An Inclusive Academy, as well as essays from Presumed Incompetent, and hearing from the Faculty Diversity Committee and Caucuses.
Stepping Forward: This includes succession planning--to actively promote the leadership of marginalized colleagues and to identify other White Allies ready to step up, step back, and step forward.
Meet our 2020-2021 cohort:
|Betsky, Aaron||Professor and Director||School of Architecture + Design|
|Carlson, Kevin||Associate Dean, Research and Faculty Affairs||Pamplin College of Business|
|Clements, Terry Lynn||Professor and Program Chair||Architecture and Design|
|Cox, David||Professor and Head||Chemical Engineering|
|Ewing, Tom||Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research||College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences|
|Foti, Roseanne||Professor and Head||Psychology|
|Gillaspy, Glenda||Professor and Head||Biochemistry|
|Goynes, Keith||Associate Dean||College of Natural Resources and Environment|
|Holbrook, W. Steven||Professor and Head||Geosciences|
|Holt, Matt||Professor and Head||Agriculture Economics|
|Lesko, Jack||Professor||Mechanical Engineering|
|Lester, Luke||Professor and Head||Electrical and Computer Engineering|
|McGehee, Nancy||Professor and Head||Hospitality and Tourism Management|
|Musick, David||Senior Dean for Faculty Affairs||School of Medicine|
|Ribbens, Calvin||Professor and Head||Computer Science|
|Snodgrass, Joel||Professor and Head||Fish and Wildlife Conservation|
|Sponenberg, Phillip||Professor||Department of Biomedical Sciences & Pathobiology|