Allies & Advocates Program

Swenson College is partnering with a team from North Dakota State University to continue taking steps towards a gender equitable climate in SCSE. To that end, we've hosted listening sessions and workshops in the past and are moving into the next phase of implementing the SCSE Allies & Advocates Program.

An advisory board of five women faculty will oversee the program: Dr. Mary Christensen, Dr. Arshia Khan, Dr. Eve Metto, Dr. Kathryn Schreiner, and Dr. Turuna Seecharan.

Advocate applicants are currently being reviewed to establish a group of advisors that identify as men. Their aim will be to identify and implement processes and activities that further gender equity and improve our college's climate.

Upcoming Events on October 7

For faculty that identify as female/nonbinary:

Listening Sessions:

  • Oct. 7, 10am to noon in Kirby Garden Room
  • Oct. 7, 12:15 to 2:15pm, lunch provided, in Kirby Garden room (pre-registration required at https://z.umn.edu/allies)

These sessions invite faculty to talk about the gendered climate in their departments or units as well across campus. They will be facilitated by Dr. Christi McGeorge (Human Development and Education, North Dakota State University) and will involve a series of small group and large conversations that will be guided by a series of specific open-ended questions. Faculty members may be asked to share their personal experiences about working in SCSE and in their department, which will be kept confidential.

Workshop: Gender and Higher Education: Exploring Women’s Experiences

  • Oct. 7, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Kirby Garden Room

This session explores the impact of gender on women faculty members’ experiences. Through small group activities, a review of the existing research and large group discussions, this session will seek to shift the dialogue from individual problems and solutions to seeking to acknowledge and identify institutional challenges and solutions related to gender inequity in higher education. This workshop will also be led by Dr. Christi McGeorge.

PLEASE NOTE: All of the above activities are restricted to individuals who identify as female/nonbinary and to instructors and faculty. SCSE staff and students will be given an opportunity to participate in the program further down the road.

For faculty that identify as male:

Men Allies for Gender Equity Workshop

  • Oct. 7th, 10:00am to noon in Humanities 490

This two-hour interactive workshop encourages and equips men to serve as effective allies for gender equity in university settings. The workshop is structured as an interactive conversation with opportunities to learn, ask questions, and practice skills through scenario-based exercises. This workshop will be led by Dr. Roger Green (Electrical and Computer Engineering, North Dakota State University) and Dr. Robert Gordon (Psychology, Auburn University), who have conducted Ally Workshops at universities throughout the country since 2009.

PLEASE NOTE: The above session is restricted to individuals who identify as male and to instructors and faculty. SCSE staff and students will be given an opportunity to participate in the program further down the road.