Joy Kwon, Postdoctoral Teaching Associate in English, has been accepted into the Faculty of Color Working Group (FoCWG) 2022 Symposium. This year’s symposium theme is renewal:
“Over the last two years, higher education institutions across North America have responded to the very public assaults on Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous life by making renewed commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, suggesting a sea change for our futures as faculty of color. To what extent can we take these commitments in good faith, and what steps do we take toward our own successes and futures? This year’s theme of renewal offers an opportunity for faculty of color to take stock of what we value about our teaching, research, service, advocacy, and personal lives. Is this the time in your career where you want to move into administrative positions in order to hold the university accountable to its purported values? Do you want to pivot your research toward that passion project that you left behind in graduate school? What other professions are you excited about as a complement or alternative to academia? Are you looking to re-prioritize home life, activism, body, and spirit? In the unpredictable cycles of the COVID-19 pandemic, what can rest and rejuvenation look like for the long and short term? With renewal, we hope to offer an optimistic, but always careful, space for faculty of color to find capaciousness and possibility amidst the limiting systemic conditions of our profession, and the world at large.”
The FoCWG is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in collaboration with New England Humanities Consortium and University of Connecticut Humanities Institute. The group provides extra-institutional space for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) faculty to navigate the particular challenges that they face in their academic positions, addressing inequities that harm BIPOC’s faculty well-being and professional advancement as well as institutional health.
Congratulations, Dr. Kwon, on this achievement!