L&S DEI Faculty/Staff Retention

Retaining diverse faculty and staff is equally as critical to recruitment, and new and existing faculty/staff not only need academic support, but personal and community-based support and networks as well. This page will focus on how to build an environment where all faculty and staff can thrive. 

The Office of the Provost has developed a resource for New Faculty and Staff on campus, which include organizations in and around Madison as well as services for diverse faculty and staff like sections on disability services, cultural and community orgs, grocery stores, LGBTQ+ resources, and religious and spiritual organizations.

Junior Faculty of Color

The Junior Faculty of Color (JFOC) organization aims to provide a supportive community for racially minoritized Assistant Professors at UW-Madison. It was founded by Lillian Tong and Lori Kido Lopez in 2015, and continues today as an informal group that is led by and for junior faculty. The organization focuses on building camaraderie among peers, sharing resources, promoting personal and career success, and providing a comfortable space for social support as faculty of color navigate the tenure track at a primarily white institution.  It also evolves to meet the needs of current members.  While activities are subject to change, in recent years they have included social gatherings on the First Friday of the month, weekly writing group sessions, email listserv with other junior faculty of color, and book group discussions.

Diverse Community Groups

Communities play a central role in the human experience and serve as an entry for relationship-building. Strong communities provide critical points of connection and contribute to our values of belonging, care, collaboration, growth, and transformation.

The BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Employee Network is a group of campus employees focused on improving the overall work experience of BIPOC employees at UW–Madison through raising awareness of issues that impact BIPOC employees, advocacy and community-building. 

QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous and People of Color) Employee Gatherings are spaces designed for QTBIPOC Employees with the purpose of cultivating community spaces to discuss shared experiences, and support QTBIPOC employees on campus.

The OutPages Directory seeks to foster professional relationships and mentoring opportunities through engaging LGBTQ+ faculty and staff in the creation of online searchable profiles.

Our professional and personal lived experiences are informed and deeply impacted by the many social identities that we hold. The resources on this page are intended to support you in your professional development and connect you to identity-based organizations and networks that operate locally and nationally. Check out this resource for more information on professional and local networks for the following identity groups:



Keywordsfaculty retention, staff retention, faculty belonging, staff belonging   Doc ID131452
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Created2023-09-15 08:22:38Updated2023-10-02 07:52:48
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