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Learning and Professional Development

Goal: Provide faculty and staff with the knowledge, awareness and understanding of cultural competencies and the humility to create a culture of belonging along with incentives and rewards to acknowledge individual participation in actively creating an inclusive environment.

Dashboard: View oversight, timelines, accountability and status of learning and professional development.

Led by: Brian Ellis, PhD, associate dean for academic programs administration at LeBow and executive director of the Goodwin College of Professional Studies

Strategies

Knowledge and Awareness:

  • In collaboration with Drexel’s Learning and Development team, develop and facilitate a training series on awareness of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) for faculty and staff.
  • Continue to facilitate open dialogue about DEI (e.g., Dialogue Boards, Brave Spaces and Courageous Conversations).
  • Provide funds for faculty, PhD students and staff to attend conferences to learn about DEI (e.g., bringing it into the classroom, co-curricular activities, research, etc.). Share information about upcoming conferences and have attendees share best practices upon their return.

Incentives and Rewards:

  • Students:
    • Create incentives for students to engage in DEI programming, such as creating a DEI scholarship award or funding for professional development or conference attendance for students who significantly contribute to LeBow DEI efforts (DEI Fund).
  • Faculty/Staff:
    • Incentivize attendance at or participation in DEI programming by offering DEI paid time off (similar to civic engagement time).
    • Incentivize faculty or staff engagement in DEI programming by adding a DEI component to annual performance evaluation.
    • Incentivize departments to attract and retain diverse talent through a diversity scoreboard.
    • Provide awards to recognize making an impact in advancing DEI at LeBow.

Dashboard: DEI Learning and Professional Development

Dashboard Status Key
Emerging Progressing Completed
Recommendation Oversees Implementation Timeline Accountability Measure Status
In collaboration with Drexel’s Learning and Development team, develop and facilitate a training series around awareness of DEI to be offered to all faculty and staff. DEI Action Group Core / University HR Fall 2021 Faculty & Staff Certification Progressing
Develop methods to facilitate dialogue that are more flexible and genuine. Celebrate one another’s contributions through Dialogue Boards/ Brave Spaces/Courageous Conversations. DEI Action Group Core / University HR  Fall/Winter 2022 Participation Progressing
Make funds available to send faculty, PhD students and staff to conferences to learn about DEI (e.g., bringing it into the classroom, co-curricular activities). Identify quality conferences. Dean Fall 2022 TBA Emerging
Create incentives for students to engage in DEI programming, such as creating a DEI scholarship award or funding toward professional development (conference) given to students who significantly contribute time and effort to LeBow community members toward advancing an inclusive climate-DEI FUND. Institutional Advancement, Dean, Marketing & Comm  TBA TBA TBA
Incentivize attendance/participation in DEI programing through offering of DEI PTO time (similar to earned civic engagement time). Dean, University HR TBA TBA TBA
Incentivize faculty/staff engagement in DEI programming by adding a DEI component to annual performance evaluation. Dean, University HR Fall 2022 Added to evaluation tool Progressing
Incentivize departments through Diversity Scoreboard to attract and retain diverse talent; rewards that recognize impact to advance DEI/Inclusive Culture at LCOB. Dean, Marketing & Comm TBA TBA TBA

View the full DEI Dashboard

Connect with Us

Thank you for your interest in our DEI initiative and resources at Drexel LeBow. For more information and questions, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Trina Larsen Andras, PhD

Assistant Dean of DEI and Sustainability

(215) 895-4995

Gerri C. LeBow Hall 822