Faculty of Color Initiatives
Faculty of Color Initiative (FOCI)
The Faculty of Color Initiative (FOCI) is a community-building project supported by the Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA). It is an inter-collegiate effort to recruit and retain faculty of color at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus by providing opportunities to socialize, network, and develop mentoring and collaborative relationships with colleagues across campus. This project was inspired by efforts originally launched and supported by the College of Liberal Arts. Learn about activities, events and workshops specifically for faculty of color by requesting to be added to the IDEA FOCI list serv!
Faculty of Color Gatherings
The Faculty of Color Initiative (FOCI) is a community-building project supported by IDEA. It is an inter-collegiate effort to recruit and retain faculty of color at the University of Minnesota -Twin Cities campus by providing opportunities to socialize, network, and develop mentoring and collaborative relationships with colleagues across campus. This project was inspired by efforts originally launched and supported by the College of Liberal Arts.
FOCI Gatherings are an initiative created to provide opportunities for faculty of color to build and strengthen communities of support. FOCI gatherings are generally held 2-3 times a year in the early evening at the home of a University of Minnesota –faculty member who volunteers. IDEA provides full funding of the event and assistance from its staff in all aspects of preparation making the evening relaxing and enjoyable for both host and attendees including circulating an RSVP announcement to our list serve so the host can plan accordingly. If you are interested in hosting a future gathering, contact IDEA or call (612) 625-7439.
Faculty of Color Summer Writing Workshop
One of the most oft-heard concerns of new faculty is how to find time to write. This issue can be especially acute for faculty of color, who are often called upon to contribute additional service and support to departments that are still in the process of building up diversity. To address this concern, the Summer Writing Workshop for Faculty of Color was launched in the summer of 2011 to provide pre-tenured faculty participants with designated time and resources to support their writing. Through goal-setting exercises, peer editing, and materials about campus resources for writing and research, the summer workshop fosters collegial relationships and new writing strategies for pre-tenured faculty. See our events page for information on an upcoming special event sponsored by this group.
Faculty of Color Writing Group
Based on the tremendous success of the summer workshop, a writing group for faculty of color was begun in fall 2011. Recently featured in the Minnesota Daily, this initiative continues to support faculty writing throughout the academic year by providing previous and new participants with designated time and resources to support and encourage the writing process. Since its inception, over two dozen pre-tenured faculty of color have taken advantage of this opportunity and regularly attended the fall and spring writing sessions.
The group meets approximately six to eight times each semester and two sessions per semester will be devoted to crafting the research, writing, and service statements for the tenure dossier. This is an informal atmosphere that provides a quiet and supportive atmosphere to support faculty writing. Pre and post-tenured faculty are welcome to attend these sessions as well. There is no pre-registration required and you are welcome to attend once or as many times as you like through the fall and spring semesters. The group meets in either conference room 404 or 405 on the 4th floor of Walter Library on the East Bank campus so grab your laptop and come prepared to write among peers! Coffee and snacks are provided. Facilitated by Priscilla Gibson, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies (DIGS) in the School of Social Work and IDEA's 2013-14 Faculty Development Fellow.
February 14 and 28
March 14 and 28
(April and May dates TBA)
11am - 3pm, Walter Library rm. 404 (for all above dates)