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STLHE is establishing a Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)

The STLHE Board is pleased to announce the establishment of a Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Recent events provide a stark reminder that racism is a learned behavior and not something we are born with. As educators, we must therefore devote our energy, talents, and resources to raising awareness about its history and destructive impacts and learning ways of eliminating this scourge from our institutions and communities. STLHE individual and institutional members have done much work on inclusion, diversity, equity, and anti-racism. But much more needs to be done.

Are you interested in being a member of the Task Group?

We are currently recruiting the members for the Task Force.

Deadline to apply: August 19, 2020

Mandate:

The mandate of the Task Force is to:

  1. Review current practices in EDI, identifying gaps and opportunities for improvement.
  2. Recommend a set of strategic directions and proactive measures for integrating EDI into the work and culture of the STLHE.
  3. Submit a final report to the STLHE Membership.

Chair: Dr Joy Mighty

We are pleased to announce that the Task Force on EDI will be chaired by Dr. Joy Mighty, a past STLHE President, inaugural chair of the Educational Developers Caucus (EDC), and recipient of the 2020 Christopher Knapper Lifetime Achievement Award, who has extensive academic and lived experiences with EDI issues.

Biography for Dr. Joy Mighty

Dr. Joy Mighty is currently Professor and Senior Scholar for Innovation in Teaching and Learning in the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) at Carleton University, on secondment from the Sprott School of Business and the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies. Dr. Mighty previously served as Carleton’s Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning). Prior to her work at Carleton, Dr. Mighty served as the Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Queen’s University and as a Full Professor in the Queen’s School of Business. Before moving to Queen’s she was the coordinator of the Teaching and Learning Centre and a professor in the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of New Brunswick.

Born in Georgetown Guyana, Dr. Mighty has an eclectic academic background with degrees in English, Education and Business (organizational behaviour), as well as a wealth of experience as an administrator, teacher, educational developer, researcher and consultant. Her academic interests are organizational development and change, with special emphasis on equity, diversity and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Her PhD dissertation focused on “Managing Workforce Diversity: Institutionalization and Strategic Choice in the Adoption of Employment Equity”.

Dr. Mighty has received awards for excellence in teaching, research, and “extraordinary service and professional leadership”. She is a Past-President of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE), was the inaugural chair of the Educational Developers Caucus (EDC), and served as Canada’s representative on the Council of the International Consortium for Educational Development (ICED). Dr. Mighty is also the recipient of the 2020 Christopher Knapper Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr Mighty has provided consulting services to private, public and not-for-profit organizations in Canada, the Caribbean, China, England, Germany, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and the USA. A frequently sought keynote speaker at regional, national, and international conferences, she has also published in various conference proceedings, journals and books, and is the co-editor of the highly acclaimed 2010 publication Taking Stock: Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Dr. Mighty brings to the Task Force her scholarly expertise in EDI as well as her lived experiences as an immigrant Black woman who has successfully navigated the rocky academic journey through four different Canadian universities. Drawing on the challenges she has faced, first as a mature graduate student, then as a junior professor applying for tenure, advancing through the ranks to full professor, and ultimately becoming a senior administrator, Dr. Mighty’s EDI work is grounded in knowledge and understanding of the isolation, stereotyping, microaggressions, discrimination, and systemic racism faced by Black, Indigenous and other minority scholars whose social identity is at the intersection of ethnicity, race and gender. 

Membership:

The Task Force shall consist of representatives from a cross section of STLHE members. The Task Force shall consist of the following members:

  1. The Chair, Dr. Joy Mighty
  2. One representative from Regular Members-at-Large
  3. One representative from Student Members
  4. One representative from the 3M Council
  5. One representative from the EDC
  6. One representative from SoTL Canada
  7. One Ex-Officio Liaison from the STLHE Board, Valerie Lopes, Ph.D.

The Task Force shall also have a representative from the STLHE Administrative Centre AOR Solutions team (non-voting) to provide administrative and logistical support for the Task Force.

Term of Task Force: September 2020 – May 2021


Application Process:

If you are interested in serving on the Task Force, please complete and submit the online application form by August 19, 2020.  You will be asked to include a 150-word statement of interest outlining your rationale for applying for membership on the EDI Task Force. Your statement should highlight your academic and/or lived experience with EDI issues, as well as your passion, commitment or activism relevant to EDI.

Task Force Member Selection Process:

The representatives of the three constituencies (3M Council of Fellows, Educational Developers Caucus, and SoTL Canada,) will be selected by the Executive Committees of these constituencies from among those members who apply to represent that constituency.

The representatives of the Regular and Student Members at Large will be selected from all applicants who have not been selected to represent a constituency.

Apply Now

  • Deadline for application to be submitted: August 19, 2020 Please note: You must be a current member of STLHE to serve on this Task Force.
  • If you do not select a constituency, you will be considered for a member at large representative position. Further, if you select a constituency and are not selected to represent that constituency, you will be added to the member at large applicant pool. Each constituency group will select their representative.
  • Thank you for your interest! Task Force members will be announced by the end of August.

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