Employee Diversity & Inclusion
At Davidson College, we believe the college grows stronger by recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff committed to building an inclusive community.
In order to achieve and sustain educational excellence, we seek to hire talented faculty and staff across the intersections of diverse races, ethnicities, religions and worldviews, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, political perspectives, abilities, veteran status, cultures, and national origins.
Equity Advisers & Student Initiative for Academic Diversity (SIAD)
Equity Advisers and SIAD assist all tenure-track departmental search committees throughout the hiring process to ensure an equitable search process, designed to yield a diverse pool of qualified candidates.
Equity Advisers are non-voting faculty and staff search committee members, external to the hiring department. They are trained in best practices for inclusive academic searches.
SIAD members are trained student workers who conduct on-campus interviews with potential tenure-track faculty and senior administration candidates with a focus on the candidates' experiences and preparedness to teach, advise, support, advocate for and serve a diverse student body.
Future Faculty Recruitment Network
In our effort to proactively recruit graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty from under-represented racial minority groups, Davidson College belongs to, and actively participates in, the Liberal Arts Diversity Officers (LADO) network and The Consortium for Faculty Diversity.
Faculty and Staff Affinity Groups
The Faculty of Color Caucus (FoCC) is an advocacy group and community support network for faculty members who identify as Asian, African, African-American, Black, Indian, Indigenous, Native, Latino, Middle Eastern, multi-racial, and/or people of color.
You may email Helen Cho at email@example.com or Anita Tripathi at firstname.lastname@example.org to join the Faculty of Color Caucus (FoCC). This group collaborates with social justice-oriented organizations and interest groups across campus to champion a more just, inclusive, and equitable campus. It meets 3-4 times per semester to discuss issues that intersect with the professional development and retention of faculty of color, including:
- Successfully mapping the path towards tenure
- Mentorship and sponsorship
- Community support and allyship across difference
- Strategic management of institutional service
- Gaining visibility and acknowledgment for the often-invisible labor of faculty of color
- Maintaining work-life balance as a scholar-teacher
Staff of Color is an affinity group for staff who self-identify as "people of color." You may email Ashley Bodie at email@example.com or Shakaya Walcott at firstname.lastname@example.org to join the Staff of Color group or for more information. The group meets informally once a month at the Spencer Weinstein Center for Community and Justice to discuss topics that impact their professional development and experiences at Davidson College, including the following:
- Community building and support
- Mentorship and sponsorship
- Professional development opportunities
- Inclusive hiring efforts, retention and promotion of existing staff of color
- Inclusivity and privilege differences
- Outreach and collective advocacy
- Work life balance
The LGBTQIA+ Caucus advocates for and supports LGBTQIA+ persons at the college by attending to the issues, ideas, social history, and cultural practices that are critical for sustaining a diverse and inclusive community. This group brings together the campus community to educate members on LGBTQIA issues, supports the college's non-discrimination policy, collaborates with other social justice groups and disseminates information about relevant news, events and achievements. The group meets monthly and meetings are posted on the Campus Calendar under student and employee events. Please email Heidi North (email@example.com) or Jayme Sponsel (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information or to join.
Davidson College complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and applicable state and local laws providing for nondiscrimination in employment against qualified individuals with disabilities. Davidson provides reasonable accommodation for such individuals in accordance with these laws. Learn more about Davidson's policy and process for requesting an accommodation.
Employee Bias Education & Response
Davidson College is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all members of the community, free from bias, harassment, intimidation and hate. Learn more about the employee bias incident reporting and response.