In the spring of 2015, the Dean’s Office launched a professional development initiative to highlight diversity and inclusion topics for College Faculty. Known as MIMA (Maximizing Inclusivity + Minimizing Apathy), the program is aimed at increasing faculty’s knowledge, awareness, and culturally-related skills in the broad area of multicultural competence. What started out as an initiative focused on College Faculty has since grown to include faculty, staff, and even alumni from across the Wake Forest community.
MIMA is organized around a series of workshops offered once a term, wherein faculty sign up to attend through the Professional Development Center. Oftentimes, the workshops are designed and presented in partnership with offices from across the university (e.g., the Teaching and Learning Collaborative; Global Programs and Studies; etc.). Dates and specific topics to be presented are advertised through the Dean’s Office Digest before they are to take place. Department chairs and program coordinators are encouraged to support faculty attendance at MIMA workshops, and those faculty are asked to “bring back” what they learned from the MIMA workshop to share with their departments/programs. For further questions about MIMA, or to suggest a topic for presentation, please contact Chief Diversity Officer José Villalba.