Revitalizing the STRIDE Program
/ Revitalizing the STRIDE Program
The STRIDE Program hit the ground running this fall. STRIDE (Strategies and Tactics for Recruiting to Improve Diversity and Excellence) is a two-hour workshop designed to help faculty members learn how to reduce implicit bias in the decision-making process and to ensure that there is a fair and equitable process for ALL job applicants. The workshop is now required every two years for faculty who serve on search committees. The workshop has an interactive format that gives participants the opportunity to learn from each other while encouraging each participant to think about ways to improve the search practices in their home department.
During the fall of 2019, ADVANCE offered 10 STRIDE workshops, including workshops in Galveston, Doha, and Dallas. Over 500 faculty at Texas A&M participated in these workshops in preparation for serving on a faculty search committee. The ADVANCE Research Team is working on a study to evaluate the impact of these workshops on faculty search outcomes.
In the fall, the workshops were co-facilitated by four members of the previous STRIDE Committee (Craig Coates, Jeff Kapler, Blanca Lupiani, and Ben Wu), along with the Director of ADVANCE, Dr. Cynthia Werner. By the end of the year, eleven additional faculty members were added to the STRIDE Committee: Jaime Alvarado-Bremer, Frank Ashley III, Debjyoti Banerjee, Sarbajit Banerjee, Cecilia Giusti, Yava Jones-Hall, Lisako McKyer, Rebecca Schlegel, Gabriela Marin Thornton, Idia Thurston, and Radhika Viruru. These faculty members will serve as workshop co-facilitators in 2020 and 2021. The new committee will continue to work on ways to improve the workshops, and to design new formats to meet the needs of TAMU faculty in offcampus locations, including McAllen, Temple, Corpus Christi, and Fort Worth. The committee will also work to develop comparable workshops for promotion and tenure committees and awards committees.