Navigating Departmental Politics. A Play! Thurs. March 31, 2016

Dr. Autumn Reed, Director of STRIDE and Coordinator of Faculty Diversity Initiatives at UMBC, invites PROMISE to a play on UMBC’s campus with the CRLT Players of the University of Michigan. Dr. Reed has served as a PROMISE Mentor-in-Residence, and facilitator for the 2016 PROMISE roundtable on faculty diversity that was part of the Research Symposium at College Park. She notes the following:

 As part of UMBC’s continued efforts recruit and retain a diverse and inclusively excellent faculty, we are actively seeking ways to improve departmental climate. Bringing the University of Michigan’s CRLT Players to perform “Navigating Departmental Politics” on March 31st from 10-12pm and from 4-6pm is central to our efforts. This interactive performance provides an opportunity for us to reflect and participate as community in a facilitated discussion on this topic.


THURSDAY, March 31, 2016

Performance #1: 10 AM – 12 noon

Performance #2 (Repeat): 4:00 PM – 6 PM

Location: University Center Ballroom, UMBC. Directions. The University Center (UC) is in the center of the campus. The Building houses the Chik-Fil-A and Starbucks cafes, on the first floor, the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences Dean’s Office, the English Language Center, and the Discovery Center. The ballroom is on the 3rd floor of the UC. The back of the UC leads to the Engineering Building. The front of the UC faces the Biology and Math/Psychology buildings on UMBC’s main walkway. The UC is adjacent to the Chemistry building.

The play (sketch) is based on events that occur during a faculty meeting. (See the CRLT description.) All members of our PROMISE community are invited to this event. We hope to see graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty there. A group from the UMBC PROMISE team will be at the 10:00 AM performance.  Feel free to sit with us! Leave a message in the comments if you have questions.


If you have a UMBC ID, please RSVP here via MyUMBC:

VISITORS: If you are coming from another institution, you can register by posting your name and affiliation in the comment section of this email.

This event is open to faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and friends. Thank you to Dr. Reed for inviting the PROMISE community-at-large to experience this event.

CLRT Players






Published by Renetta Garrison Tull

Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull is the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at the University of California Davis. She previously served as Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives at The Graduate School at UMBC, and was Professor of the Practice in the College of Engineering & IT. She was Special Assistant to the Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Director of Graduate and Professional Pipeline Development for the University System of Maryland (12 institutions). She is the Founding Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) –, and Co-PI for the USM LSAMP. Her research on global diversity in STEM continues, and she is an international speaker, covering nearly all continents, for groups and conferences such as the World Engineering Education Forum, the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies, and the Pacific Sciences Congress. Her personal website is: Connect with her on Twitter: @Renetta_Tull;

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