In response to the BSU Demand requesting mandatory workplace cultural competency training for all students in the Work Program, a group of students and staff from the Work Program developed a training process that would meet the request, be repeatable, and most importantly deliver meaningful content. This group included members of the Alma Shippy Coalition (Campo Larrick and Sally Thames), the BSU (Bry Thompson), and the Associate Dean of Work Paul Bobbitt.
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The planning group will reconvene for a debrief session in the next few weeks to determine highlights and challenges. The group plans for future workplace training sessions to be held once every semester.
This semester, the Work Program will also determine appropriate supervisor training opportunities, with a focus on the fall Supervisor Retreat. We will incorporate into that planning direct feedback from supervisors as to what they need, based on their experiences with these training sessions.
In response to the BSU Demand for more connections with the local community, The Center for Community Engagement has further expanded partnerships with organizations led by and/or serving BIPOC communities. In the Spring 2021 semester, Bonner Leader students are serving weekly with UMOJA Health and Wellness, El Centro, and the Education Garden Project.
Bonner Leaders have been working on projects with the Engage 2.0 Program, led by Nicole Barnes in the Center for Integrated Advising & Careers (CIAC). Engage 2.0 is a mentor program that helps BIPOC students build community and camaraderie, at a predominately White institution, through programming, educational workshops, and BIPOC staff/faculty mentorship.
A team of Bonner Leaders will begin conversations with on-campus BIPOC communities this term to explore bridges and barriers to community engagement. Their goal is to increase participation for Fall 2021, when we anticipate in-person community engagement will resume.
The Center for Community Engagement was sad to say goodbye to former Assistant Director Jeremy Lett ’17. The Center for Community Engagement is committed to identifying candidates for this opening (search in progress) who will share Jeremy and the Center’s commitment to cultivating partnerships with BIPOC communities and supporting the Bonner Leaders Program.
Career Development and Internships
The summer internship stipend information packet and application have been changed to state that applications from students who express high financial need and/or identify as members of BIPOC communities will have prioritized consideration. In addition, a narrated slide deck and the option for video applications were added.
A crew member is currently culling through the department’s website to revise our career resources and language accessibility. They have also added more BIPOC-focused resources to our job search page.
Career Development and Alumni Relations co-hosted a Career Conversation Panel in February focusing on Social and Racial Justice.
Implement the internship selection process mentioned above. The goal is to increase (over previous years) the number of BIPOC students who receive stipends. Priority will also be given to supporting BIPOC-led and serving organizations.
All members of the Integrated Advising team developed personal DEI plans that were reviewed with the Associate Dean of Integrated Learning in early January 2021. Staff evaluations on individual DEI plan progress will take place in the Spring.
On February 25th, CIAC hosted a panel of four Black alumni, giving specific attention to their experiences as Students of Color at Warren Wilson College.
The Integrated Advising team will read/review resources on the topics of white supremacy culture, advising Black students at a predominately White institution, and first-generation college students. Following this review, we will examine our workbooks, orientation program, standardized communications, onboarding of new Integrated Advising Coaches, and WWC Connect outreach through these lenses to develop goals/action plans, which we will implement beginning in June 2021.