Professional Development and Facilitation

The Professors of Equity in Education are proud to offer a variety of professional development workshops and programs!  

Equity, Implicit Bias, and Microaggressions
Implicit biases refer to attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding and decisions outside of our conscious control. Implicit biases may manifest in microaggressions, which are subtle but generally offensive comments or actions directed at minoritized individuals. Implicit biases and microaggressions create inequities and contribute to an uncomfortable learning or working environment. This workshop, developed by the Professors of Equity, introduces these concepts to faculty and staff to increase their understanding of inequities on campus, and it serves as a prerequisite for many other programs. It is offered as an online self-paced workshop on Canvas. 

Equity-Minded Faculty Hiring
In this 90-minute workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn about equity-minded hiring practices for faculty positions. The session will foreground an equity-minded perspective in defining “merit” and “fit,” framing a job announcement, screening and interviewing candidates, organizing a campus visit, and concluding the search process. The session is set up as an interactive presentation focusing on concrete tools and examples. Participants will have the opportunity to tailor these tools to searches in their department/unit. This seminar is for faculty serving on a search committee this year (AY 2020-21). Prior to signing-up for this seminar, participants should complete the Equity, Implicit Bias, and Microaggressions online workshop or have attended the Implicit Bias and Microaggressions seminar offered by the Professors of Equity prior to Covid-19. 

Discussing Racial Battle Fatigue and White Supremacy with Faculty of Color 
This is a six-part co-learning seminar for faculty who would like to unpack the stress responses (e.g., frustration, anger, exhaustion, withdrawal, escapism, acceptance of racist attributions, etc.) associated with the systemic racial oppression and white supremacy in academia. Guided by a critical race approach, participants in this co-learning seminar will read, listen to each other, and discuss the racialized situatedness of faculty experiences in white academia (i.e., Blacks, Latinx, Indigenous peoples, Asians and Pacific Islanders, and Multiracials). Together participants in this seminar will strategize actionable ideas on how to work with the realities that faculty and people of color are socialized and expected to survive racial battle fatigue and whiteness in order to “make it” in academia. Meets biweekly: Tuesdays at 10-11am on 9/8, 9/22, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/17 

Women Faculty of Color Reading Circle: Presumed Incompetent II
This is a communal space led by women of color faculty for faculty interested in coming together to cultivate fellowship and deepen their engagement regarding the lived experiences of BIPOC persons in higher education. Following up on the momentum of the inaugural reading circle with women faculty of color in spring 2020, this second iteration will engage with the newly published and critically acclaimed anthology: Presumed Incompetent II. In the fall, we will host five sessions to discuss each of the five parts of the text. Weekly readings will be assigned and discussion prompts offered to guide engagement at each session. The text will be provided free of charge as long as participants commit to at least 4 out of the 5 sessions. Meets biweekly:  9/15, 9/29, 10/13, 10/27, and 11/10, 9:30-10:30am. To express interest, please fill out the short form using the button below. We will include as many participants as possible. For any questions or concerns related to this reading circle, please contact Sureshi Jayawardene or Yea-Wen Chen. 

EQUIP (Equity Quantified in Participation) 
The Professors of Equity are seeking faculty members with a strong commitment to equitable teaching in their classrooms who would like to become members of a community of practice focused on the thoughtful use of data to inform improvement to their instruction. Our goal is to create a cohort of equitable teacher-leaders on our campus in alignment with SDSU’s strategic priorities. The learning community will meet approximately every other week during the course of a semester. Between meetings, each participant will record a Zoom lecture that will then be coded with the EQUIP observation tool, which focuses on equity in classroom participation. EQUIP will generate actionable analytics that can be used as a source of reflection and ongoing improvement. During the community meetings, we will work together as a group that is collectively focused on improving equity in instruction at SDSU. This is an opportunity for faculty members to receive intensive support and meaningful data about their own practice and build a community of similarly committed individuals. 

Dismantling White Supremacy
This 90-minute workshop with the Professors of Equity focuses on the impact of white ideology and white supremacy in our institutional spaces. The workshop addresses whiteness at intrapersonal, interpersonal, and institutional levels to focus on how whiteness plays out in a variety of ways. This workshop is designed for allies and co-conspirators as a starting point for getting involved in racial justice efforts. Offered monthly: Thurs 9/24 (10am), Wed 10/7 (2pm), Wed 11/4 (10am), Thurs 12/3 (10am).