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Women of Color in the Academy-- Staying Fit: Mind, Body, and Soul

The Office of the VIce Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity is organizing a 2.5-day professional development and networking conference, March 9-11, 2017, developed by Carol B. Muller, Ph.D., Executive Director, WISE Ventures; Rania Sanford, Ed.D., Assistant Vice Provost and Director of Programs, and Stacy Blake-Beard, Ph.D., Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Professor of Women and Leadership, and Senior Faculty Affiliate, Center for Gender in Organizations, Simmons School of Management.

Participation is limited, and participants will be selected based on applications, which were due January 15, 2017.

Conference objectives:

  • Promote practices for the success of academic women of color
  • Provide research-based findings and practical skills to advance individual capacity to appreciate challenges and opportunities that face academic women of color.  
  • Cultivate self-awareness and skill-building within a supportive and safe spaces for dialogue and discussion.
  • Expand networks, and learn from colleagues – peers, near-peers, advisors from Stanford and other institutions.
  • Support opportunities to develop and implement action plans for academic career success.

Conference schedule:

  • The conference will begin promptly at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, and continue through Saturday, March 11, with sessions scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. each day, including meals.
  • All meals will be provided (along with accommodations and travel grants for those participating from outside the San Francisco Bay Area)
  • Participants must commit to attending the full 2.5-day conference sessions.
  • The conference, designed for prospective and early career faculty members, will feature a variety of high-caliber interactive sessions designed to develop skills, strategies, and knowledge for building successful academic careers as well as opportunities for informal networking. Anticipated topics and sessions listed are as of December 2016 (subject to change) are as follows:

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Travel to Stanford University campus, arrival/registration, hotel check-in, Arrival, campus tours, check-in, optional talks & meetings for visitors, etc.

  • Opening and Introductions (starting at 4:00 p.m.)
  • To Thrive in the Academy, ROAR! 

Friday, March 10, 2017

  • Morning start: Mind, Body, and Soul 
  • Mapping the Landscape of Higher Education
  • Being Our Best Selves: Mobilizing Independence and Interdependence in the Academy
  • Career Coaching
  • Taking Care of Self, Taking Care of Others
  • Crafting Your Space in the Academy

Saturday, March 11, 2017

  • Morning start: Mind, Body, and Soul 
  • The Power of Identity and Intersectionality: Our Common Journeys, Our Separate Ways
  • Networking: Leveraging Your Social Resources
  • Negotiations: A Primer
  • Storytelling for a Successful Academic Career
  • Synthesis and Reflections (concluding at 8:30 p.m.)


  • Participation is open to applicants who are U.S. citizens or who are affiliated with institutions located in the U.S.
  • Applicants must be advanced doctoral students (completed coursework, working toward completion of dissertation), postdoctoral scholars, or early career faculty members, including both tenure-track faculty and those who are currently in adjunct or lecturer positions.
  • We anticipate providing travel grants for participants attending from points within the U.S. There will be no charge for the conference, and accommodations will be provided for those attending who reside outside of the San Francisco Bay Area

Selection criteria:

  • Desire to pursue an academic career
  • Diversity among participants based on:
    • Self-described identity
    • Career stage (we are aiming to have about ½ advanced graduate students/postdoctoral scholars and ½ faculty members, for a total of 40-50)
    • Discipline
    • Geographic location
    • Current institutional affiliation (we are aiming to have about ½ Stanford-affiliated participants; ½ other institution-affiliated participants, for a total of 40-50)
  • Anticipated value of the workshop for the participant
  • Anticipated benefit for others as a result of the applicant’s participation

Please note: The deadline to submit applications for this conference has passed.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

May I submit a late application?

We appreciate all the interest expressed in participating in Stanford’s upcoming Women of Color in the Academy conference. We are reviewing ~1,000 applications submitted by the deadline, and while we are gratified by the interest and response of so many who would like to participate, we regret that we are unable to extend the deadline for applications.

May I submit additional materials to support my application -- c.v., recommendations, etc.?

No, thank you. We will be basing decisions on the information provided by the applicants on their applications only, and according to the selection criteria noted above. Additional materials will not be reviewed. Since we have nearly 1,000 applications to review from interested and worthy applicants, in a short timeframe, we appreciate your understanding and patience.

When will I be notified about action on my application?

We anticipate notifying all applicants before mid-February, in time for those who live at a distance from Stanford to make travel arrangements.

Will this conference be offered again? What other resources can I access if I'm interested but not able to participate this year?

This conference was developed initially as a one-time offering. We are considering what kinds of resources we may be able to suggest to those who have applied, and whom we are not able to accommodate, and will hope to be able to begin to address that need once we have reviewed applications. After the workshop, we will consider whether we may be able to develop and offer related resources in the future. In the meantime, there are many resources available that address the general topics of our workshop -- in the form of papers and books, websites, workshops, and conferences. A few of these are available through our own website resources (e.g. resources for women in color in STEM fields), and various other universities are offering related workshops and conferences which can easily be identified through online searching. 

Please contact us if you have any questions.