Title of Presentation

Social Justice Advocacy Amidst Institutional Precarity: A Case Study of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts during COVID-19

About the Presenter(s)

Dr. Lisa Borello, Director, Women's Center Shane Borah, Graduate Assistant for the UD Men for Gender Equity Initiative, Women's Center

Start Date

8-1-2021 12:00 PM

End Date

8-1-2021 12:45 PM

Abstract/Description

The coronavirus pandemic has heightened both the necessity of and threat to gender equity work as universities nationwide face deepening financial crises. This workshop takes a case study approach to understanding the direct and indirect impacts of widespread furloughs, layoffs, and budget reductions on one university’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. We unpack the tensions of pursuing advocacy amidst institutional precarity and explore pathways for navigating uncertainty. Participants will share challenges and strategies for coalition-building.

Goals for Attendees

Understand the impacts of budget crises on different functional areas across higher education. Recognize secondary effects and unintended consequences of cuts on short- and long-term DEI work. Identify potential barriers to advocacy for staff, faculty, and students. Develop strategies for managing advocacy efforts and coalition-building in the changing higher education landscape.

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Social Justice Advocacy Amidst Institutional Precarity: A Case Study of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts during COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has heightened both the necessity of and threat to gender equity work as universities nationwide face deepening financial crises. This workshop takes a case study approach to understanding the direct and indirect impacts of widespread furloughs, layoffs, and budget reductions on one university’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. We unpack the tensions of pursuing advocacy amidst institutional precarity and explore pathways for navigating uncertainty. Participants will share challenges and strategies for coalition-building.