Become a Tiger advocate

August 7, 2017

By Melissa Vogel, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology
Associate Director/Program Lead, Tiger Advocates (ADVANCE)

Do you want to make Clemson a more welcoming, inclusive, and supportive workplace for all faculty? Become a Tiger Advocate!

Part of the NSF-funded ADVANCE initiative, Tiger Advocates is a new faculty group that began in spring 2017, interested in supporting equality in their departments, colleges and throughout the university.  Advocates are expected to be active and effective proponents of gender diversity and equality specifically in terms of increasing the number of women and underrepresented faculty, encouraging the hiring for and promotion of women and underrepresented faculty into administrative positions, and ensuring the fair and equitable treatment of all faculty within their academic units. This fall we are offering training for both women and men faculty to become advocates.

Advocates must be open to being mentored on issues like covert bias, institutional bias, and institutional climate by women faculty members.  All are welcome to apply, but preference may be given to tenured faculty as advocates may need to speak out, challenge departmental, college, or university culture, and/or question administrators.

If you or someone you know would be a great Tiger Advocate, please spread the word and register here for an initial training opportunity on October 26 or 27, 2017. In a brief session you will learn the basics of how to recognize micro- and macro-level biases and be empowered to intervene when such bias occurs.

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