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Know Your Value/s: Strategies for Success for Scholars of Color

With P. Gabrielle Foreman
Friday, February 11, 9 AM -12 PM - Zoom

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As universities turn their attention to retaining their best talent at a moment of  uncertainty and budgetary constraints, are there windows of opportunity to build morale,  productivity, and academic community? Dr. Gabrielle Foreman facilitates workshops that offer  strategies to 1) identify ways to build professional development, community, and morale that  produces impactful work that translates into satisfaction and retention and 2) help faculty  identify areas of mutual institutional and personal commitment to enhance faculty success. In  these workshops, attendees produce professional mission statements and reframe the idea of a  singular “mentor” by composing a professional “board of advisors” who can help them advance  their career goals in more specific, less stressful, and more successful ways. Attendees leave with  a suite of strategies and tools that help them advance their own scholarship while also attending to their commitments to access and diversity initiatives with energy rather than resentment.

Professor Gabrielle Foreman builds on decades of student and faculty community building, professional development innovation, and facilitation of connections between institutions of  higher learning, cultural institutions, and community organizations. She has served as a  consultant for universities focused on recruiting and retaining scholars of color from Texas to  Vermont and as an advisor for hundreds of PhDs across discipline and rank at career crossroads.  Her own career is notable for creating diverse communities of care and productivity. Foreman is the founding faculty director of the internationally renowned Colored Conventions  Project, an award-winning online archive that brings seven decades of Black political organizing  to digital life. It has been featured in the New York Times and is the only digital project chosen by the NEH as an Essential Project. Foreman’s work is known not only for its scholarly  interventions but for the career pipelines she centers and for her attention to creating and  supporting leaders that further diversify the professoriate, libraries, and cultural institutions.  

Foreman holds the Paterno Family Chair of Liberal Arts and is Professor of English, African  American Studies and History at Penn State University where she is the founding co-director of the Center for Black Digital Research also called #DigBlk. You can reach her at  gforeman@psu.edu.