Faculty and Staff Initiatives
The University of Olivet Teaching and Learning Grants, awarded in 2015 and supported by the generosity of alumni, included $21,500 for diversity and inclusion programming, including the two following initiatives:
Faculty Workshop: “Doing Our Own Work: An Anti-Racism Seminar for White People”
In 2017, 10 faculty and staff members attended an eight-day on-campus workshop, titled “Doing Our Own Work: An Anti-Racism Seminar for White People.” Led by Allies for Change and The University of Olivet Leadership Award recipient Melanie Morrison, the workshop’s goal was to enlighten and empower white people to confront white privilege and challenge racism.
Faculty, Staff and Student Mini Workshop: “How to Confront Microagressions”
In 2017, Melanie Morrison and Dionardo Pizana delivered a half-day mini workshop to all The University of Olivet faculty and staff as well as a symposium to students. Microaggressions are verbal, nonverbal, and environmental insults or indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate derogatory or negative messages to people based solely upon their marginalized group membership. Utilizing input from the workshop leaders, current research about microaggressions, film clips, and structured learning activities, the workshop explored how individuals can use their personal agency to interrupt microaggressive behaviors and help nurture an equitable and inclusive learning environment.