I coached a peer group of 7 faculty from across campus, as we transitioned to fully online-classes.
After participating in the year-long Evidence-Based Teaching fellowship program in 2017-2018, I took on a coaching role for the Spring 2020 quarter. We sprang into action as the COVID19 pandemic moved all university classes to online formats with little notice. With no previously set curriculum, each coach used the particular priorities of our faculty participants to design a tailored program, in real time.
School of Public Health Diversity Committee
I served on the University of Washington School of Public Health Diversity Committee starting with its inception in 2012, through 2017. I co-chaired the Events workgroup with Dr. Laura Martinez, and chaired the Curriculum Workgroup focused on student learning, and Undoing Racism Training Workgroup focused on staff/faculty learning.
The Diversity Committee Curriculum workgroup proposed an additional School-wide competency to address the need for racial literacy among our students.
“Recognize the means by which social inequities and racism, generated by power and privilege, undermine health.”
After 2 years of debate, rewriting, editing and more debate, the School of Public Health Curriculum Committee approved this competency as our fourth school-wide competency. This will be met by all students in undergraduate and graduate programs in the SPH starting in 2017-2018.
The committee's priority areas include curriculum, faculty/staff/student recruitment and retention, and climate, all relating to improving the experience for underrepresented minorities in the SPH, and enhancing learning and growth for all.
The Diversity Committee won the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award for the UW Health Sciences schools.
NEW INCLUSION and CLASSROOM CLIMATE STATEMENTS:
The Curriculum workgroup compiled and advocated for departmental approval to supply paragraphs for SPH faculty use in their syllabi. These various options for statements of commitment to inclusion in the classroom are now available as a link from the SPH syllabus guidelines webpage.
Diversity Committee Events
The Diversity Committee hosts and co-sponsors events every quarter for the School of Public Health and UW communities. Examples include trainings, such as Undoing Institutionalized Racism with the People's Institute Northwest, brown bag talks with Seattle-based public health professionals, networking opportunities, movie screenings with panel discussions, and student lunches to meet with guests, such as Dr. Camara Jones. I served as the co-chair of the events workgroup from 2012 through 2014.