Some more that Rutgers is doing
August 14, 2011 § Leave a comment
Rutgers has recently created several new initiatives:
– A new position: Faculty Advisor for Climate Concerns. The responsibility of the Faculty Advisor for Climate Concerns is to make sure that all students have the opportunity to thrive in our department. All students are encouraged to talk to the Faculty Advisor about climate concerns in general. She will try to find solutions to problems as they come up. All students are encouraged to talk to the Faculty Advisor about climate related concerns they have in particular, such as speaking up in public, approaching faculty for feedback, what to do when being shut out of philosophy conversations, and gender/minority specific issues about going on the job market. The role of the Faculty Advisor for Climate Concerns is to act as a confidential consultant and advisor on these matters. (Of course, all students are encouraged to talk about any issues with any faculty member they wish to. It’s the job of the Faculty Advisor to be available to talk about these things.) The Faculty Advisor will conduct regular surveys to monitor the climate. She will also help raise awareness of climate related issues by assisting in putting up a webpage with info on implicit bias and related matters on the department webpage and by organizing talks. (The webpage will soon be up. Ishani Maitra will give a talk on implicit bias in Fall 2011.) The department is compensating the person taking on this position with teaching relief.
– A climate committee chaired by the Faculty Advisor for Climate Concerns. The committee is charged with thinking of ways to improve the climate.
– In order to address pipeline issues, we will host an event for women undergraduates organized by Ruth Chang and Lisa Miracchi. The aim is to give women undergrads an opportunity to talk to graduate students and faculty so as to get informed about philosophy grad school. We hosted such an event last spring on the initiative of Lisa Miracchi. It was a great success.