January 29, 2016
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The New School Center for Public Scholarship
34th Social Research Conference
"The Invasive Other"

The media is full of headlines about invasive others: the refugee crisis, the Ebola outbreak, "Big Data", GMOs.

Join us and hear Michael Ignatieff and others discuss how these relate to each other, to "otherness", and to the planetary scale of mobility and movement in our world.

Reserve a seat now!
Free early bird special if you register by January 31, 2016!

Registration fees apply beginning February 1, 2016: 
$25 for full conference 
$15 for single day
Free: All students, The New School faculty
Please email CPS@NEWSCHOOL.EDU to reserve your seat.
The New School  
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center  
55 W. 13th Street  
New York, NY 10011

The New School for Social Research, Center for Public Scholarship
80 Fifth Avenue, Room 714, New York, NY 10011

Hiring: GW Vice-Provost of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement
Job Description Summary:

The George Washington University (GW) invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, & Community Engagement. This position reports to the Provost and is a member of the Provost's leadership team.

The individual selected for this position will have the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to deepening GW's commitment to diversity on its campuses and with the people and communities that surround it. The University's strategic plan places diversity efforts in a prominent position by emphasizing the need for graduates who are capable of being successful citizens in an increasingly multicultural society.

The Vice Provost will work collaboratively with the President, Vice Presidents, Deans, other campus leaders, University committees, faculty, staff, students, and external constituents to advance the institution's commitment to all aspects of global diversity that are essential to academic excellence. The Vice Provost is responsible for championing diversity and inclusion best practices across the various stakeholders of the University. This role requires the ability to be strategic, visionary, transformative, and tactical while paying close attention to delivering tangible results in the areas of diversity, equity (including Title IX and ADA compliance), and civic engagement.

The Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, & Community Engagement is the University's chief spokesperson and strategic leader for issues related to diversity, both internally and externally. The Vice Provost will take the lead in developing strong working relationships with staff and faculty across the University, leading to long-lasting collaborations focused on cooperative educational initiatives that support the University's key objectives. The Vice Provost will also work to develop clear pathways for student advocacy groups on issues of diversity and community engagement. An important aspect of this role is the development and execution of diversity training, collaboration in the design of educational materials that enhance awareness of diversity and equity issues, and facilitation of initiatives designed to enhance the campus climate for faculty, staff, and students of all backgrounds. The Vice Provost will serve as Co-Chair of the President's Council on Diversity and Inclusion and will offer new ideas and insights to key leaders, provide input and feedback on initiatives, and champion programs that promote community engagement across the University.

In addition to the central Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Vice Provost has administrative oversight over the Honey Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, the Office of Disability Support Services, the Multicultural Student Services Center, and the Title IX Office. The Vice Provost also works with other University leaders in such areas as student life, enrollment and retention, talent management, community outreach, institutional advancement, and vendor/supplier diversity.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Serves as the main spokesperson and advocate for macro-level diversity issues affecting GW, while also providing support and resources to inform and empower University stakeholders to advocate for diversity and equity in their respective fields.
  • Provides expertise and guidance to the President, Provost, Academic Deans, Vice Presidents, Vice Provosts, and other leadership groups to help them make thoughtful and strategic decisions that demonstrate the University's commitment to diversity.
  • Collaborates with the offices of Enrollment and Retention; Human Resources; Student Affairs; External Relations; Development and Alumni Relations; and International Strategy, as well as faculty, academic deans, and others in an effort to improve recruitment and retention of prospective students, faculty, and staff from underrepresented groups, provide pathways for student advocacy on diversity issues, and enhance the overall campus climate.
  • Identifies the need, opportunity, and cost benefit of implementing diversity best practices in order to help the University achieve its key objectives around innovation, sustainability, affordability, community, and service.
  • Serves as a strategic leader with the ability to see the big picture of the University and create and cultivate a common vision of its commitment to diversity that can be shared among students, faculty, staff, and administrators, as well as the University's external constituencies.
  • Demonstrates excellent leadership skills with proven ability to work effectively across institutional and organizational lines to build consensus and forge strong collaborative relationships with a diverse array of campus constituencies in a complex, higher education environment in order to achieve diversity, equity, and community engagement goals.
  • Works closely with the Associate Provost for Academic Planning and Assessment in the use of surveys, benchmarking, data and assessment to set and inform diversity and inclusion goals related to matters of student access, progression, retention and completion, hiring, retention and promotion of faculty, instruction and curricular issues, and institutional advancement.
  • Supervises and provides strategic leadership to directors of the central Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service, the Office of Disability Support Services, the Multicultural Student Services Center, and the Title IX Office.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications:

Advanced degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 14 years of relevant professional experience. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Terminal degree, JD or PhD preferred.
  • Seven to ten years of progressively responsible experience in a diversity leadership role in a global university, corporate or third-sector setting.
  • Comfortable serving in a visible leadership role.
  • Demonstrated strategic vision and insight with the ability to conceptualize organizational issues and develop strategic plans at all levels of the university.
  • Possess an in-depth understanding of the nature of organizational behavior and change. 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead change, empower people, influence others, and manage challenge and conflict. 
  • Bring an extensive history and record of successful leadership in diversity and inclusion management including demonstrable success in linking diversity best practices to key organizational goals and objectives.
  • The ability to lead and manage major institutional change initiatives and the demonstrated ability to understand and respond to the climate/culture of a university campus.
  • Excellent managerial/administrative leadership skills including the ability to tie budget and revenue goals to diversity and University goals, multitask complex problems, develop solutions when confronted with multiple challenges. 
  • Ability to think critically, evaluate information and implement timely decisions/recommendations that anticipate the cost/benefits, risks and organizational impact of decisions on advancing diversity and inclusion goals. 
  • Collaborative, influence-based leadership style that promotes consultative relationships, partnerships, conflict resolution and cross-functional cooperation.
  • Strong commitment to mission and vision and values of GW.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

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41st ANNUAL CONFERENCE of the NEW YORK AFRICAN(A) STUDIES ASSOCIATION (NYASA) at The City College (CUNY) and Columbia University

1-2 April 2016 

NYASA'S 41st conference is historic on all levels. It is the first time we will present the theme of Music and the Arts and a first time collaboration between The City College (CUNY), Columbia University, and the organization. It is also the first time the conference will present live performances, film screenings, and exhibitions. Music and the Arts of Africa and the Diaspora are defined in their totality, including all types of performance, visual, and mediatized cultural forms from within their traditional contexts to their contemporary manifestations. The conference will focus on broad themes within these genres such as spirituality, religion, politics, expressive culture, literature, languages, gender, science, health, identity, nationalism, and Pan-Africanism. NYASA 2016 welcomes proposals for presentations, panels, posters, roundtables, and plenary sessions that focus on topics which include (but are not limited to) the following:
  • Music and Art
  • Theater and drama
  • Total Art
  • Traditional musics and contemporary music, i.e. Gnawa, Reggae, Afrobeat, Hip Hop
  • Music and Art in the political sphere Music in Politics Art and Politics
  • Music and Art in the social sphere Music and Social Consciousness Art and Social Consciousness
  • Expressive culture and medicine Art and Medicine Performance and Medicine
  • Spirituality and/or Religion Music and spirituality Art and spirituality Performance and spirituality Ritual
  • Music and Art as Ideology Nationalism in music and art Pan-Africanism in music and art
  • Art and performance in daily life Architecture and design Body Art Textile Arts Work Songs
  • Visual Representations Photography in the Africana world Films in the Africana World Visual Artists and their works
  • Gender and Art
  • Gender and Music
  • Literature and Art
  • Literature and Music
  • Literature and Performance
  • Prison Music /Art
  • Children's music /Art
  • Funereal Art and Performance
  • Development and music
  • Development and art

Other topics for papers will be considered, as will proposals to organize panels and to promote student participation. By 12 FEBRUARY 2016 please send abstracts of not more than 150 words to the Local Organizing Committee to the attention of Kevin Hickey at nyasa2016@nyasa.org.

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