Earlier this week, the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) hosted a guest webinar featuring law professor Carmen G. Gonzalez, JD. The webinar, entitled Presumed Incompetent II: Lessons from the Struggles and Victories of Women of Color in Academia, was based on Professor Gonzalez’ scholarship exploring “the obstacles that women of color encounter on the road to tenure, promotion, and academic leadership as well as the strategies that women of color have deployed to succeed” in academia.

The NCFDD is a nationally-recognized, independent professional development, training and mentoring community for faculty, postdocs, and graduate students that offers a compendium of resources and tools to support the personal and professional success of scholars from more than 450 member colleges and universities. 

In fall of 2021, Whitman College became an institutional member of the NCFDD. As a result, Whitman faculty have access to the Gonzalez webinar and the entire NCFDD webinar library, including content focused on STEM grant funding strategies, preparing tenure and promotion materials, challenging race and gender bias in student evaluations, incivility in academic spaces and inclusive online teaching practices. In addition to webinars, NCFDD provides members with writing challenges and discussion forums that can help them navigate career progression and contribute to technical skill development. 

Faculty interested in accessing the NCFDD resources can contact diversity@whitman.edu for instructions to set up an account.

As a reminder, Whitman is also a member of LACRELA, the Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance. Next Monday, Jan. 24 from 9 a.m.–12 p.m., there will be a LACRELA eConvening focused on Meaningfully Integrating Racial Topics Across the Curriculum. For more information or to request access to the session, visit our LACRELA page.