The FORWARD project will begin spring semester events with “Enhancing Department Climate: Tips for New Faculty” scheduled for Monday, Jan. 9, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Memorial Union Arikara room. During the workshop, the FORWARD group will share tips for new faculty members on a successful transition to NDSU and on promoting a more inclusive department culture to create a vibrant and fulfilling intellectual community. The workshop has been offered in the fall as part of fall orientation for faculty, but this is the first time the event will be offered in the spring. Registration is requested at www.ndsu.edu/forward. Evaluations for past fall workshops can be found at www.ndsu.edu/forward/advance_forward_initiatives/climate_workshops.
Additional FORWARD events in January include a promotion-to-professor and work-life balance luncheon and discussion facilitated by Harriet McCaul on Jan. 17, a series of presentations by speaker Joan Williams on excelling in academia on Jan. 20 and an open forum on faculty with disabilities on Jan. 31 in the Memorial Union Century Theater.
February events include ally training on Feb. 9, faculty search committee training on Feb. 14 and 16, and a lecture series by Scott Page on the power of diversity on Feb. 22 and 23. March events include a leadership workshop with Claudia and Ruben Fernandez on March 15. Further details about times and registration for these events, as well as other FORWARD events throughout the year, will be announced in future issues of It’s Happening at State and on the FORWARD website.