Thanks so much for your interest in this episode. Bias has different faces, sizes, complexities, and issues, and it’s hard to talk about them in one episode. Sheila Caldwell, Ed. D. is the Advisor to the President on Diversity at the University of North Georgia. She is the eyes and ears for the University on all things for diversity and inclusion and reports directly to the President of the University. I was happy she agreed to come on and share her journey in mitigating bias as well as the university students.
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More about Sheila Caldwell
Sheila recently received her doctorate of education in workforce education. She has completed a certification program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Busines for “Strategies for Building and Leading Diverse Organizations Executive Education program.” Sheila is actively involved in working with students and staff in making the University of North Georgia inclusive and safe for all.
Few highlights from our conversation
- Bias occurs in the workforce and college campuses but manifests differently in their respective environments
- Students must gain a strong identity of self to endure the narrow perspectives fellow students and coworkers will have
- Colleges are trying to do a better job in preparing students for the workforce diversity
- Students needing to feel a belonging at a diverse university while combating bias
- Sheila shares the latest reports of graduates show money, not intelligence, is a primary reason for students of color not finishing a degree
- Sheila discusses how women dominate the graduate rates yet not enough women are STEM and engineering majors in college
- How bias includes cultural appropriation and how it affects campus and the workplace