Leadership Through an Equity Lens
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Leadership Through an Equity Lens

Becoming a leader in an academic organization implies that a level of accomplishment has been achieved, and one is now entrusted with more responsibility. That responsibility often includes 1) adhering more closely to the organization’s mission, 2) additional oversight of finances, 3) strategic planning for a unit’s sustainability or growth, 4) meeting the needs of stakeholders (e.g., students), and 5) stewardship of the most precious gift – people in the unit who are doing the work. Often leaders find that they have the content knowledge, experience, and adaptability to succeed in areas 1-4, but there may be struggle in area 5. Good leadership requires paying strict and close attention to the people who are being served, as well as the people who are delivering the services, e.g., staff, faculty.

In this session we will discuss “leadership through an equity lens,” which filters through all five areas. We will discuss how embracing social justice and cultural humility connects to leadership models such as Authentic Leadership, Servant Leadership, and Transformational Leadership. Strategies and tools such as the 360-degree model, co-creation and the “Manager Mirror” will also be shared.

The goal for this session will be to provide participants with a view of leadership that goes beyond simply “leading a group,” with an increase in rank and acquisition of power. Participants will receive an expanded view of leadership that focuses on serving people in a way that does not diminish strength.

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ABOUT the Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership Program

The APRU Asia Pacific Women in Leadership Program (APWiL) aims to drive change in gender equality while taking into account the various contexts in which this pursuit for gender equity takes place across APRU member universities.

Case studies presented by APRU member universities have shown the great work that is taking place to address challenges in gender equality. At the same time, we are hearing of a growing global backlash that investment in women’s education does not result in the increased contribution by women to the workforce.

Please visit the website for more information including our latest activities and the Core Group members.

Renetta Garrison Tull
Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull is Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at the University of California, Davis. She previously served as Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Before joining UC Davis in 2019, Dr. Tull was Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), and Professor of the Practice in UMBC’s College of Engineering and IT (COEIT). Dr. Tull is the Founding Director and Co-PI for the 12-institution National Science Foundation University System of Maryland’s (USM) PROMISE AGEP, and Co-Director/Co-PI for the NSF USM’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP).

An international speaker on global diversity in STEM, Dr. Tull has led discussions around the world on topics such as “Inclusive Engagement – Engineering for All,” “Cultivating Inclusive Excellence within Science, Engineering, and Technology,” work/life balance, family, and prevention of domestic and work-place abuse. Her recognitions include: 2015 O’Reilly Media “Women in Data” cover, 2015 Global Engineering Deans Council/Airbus Diversity Award Finalist, and the 2016 ABET Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity.

Dr. Tull has more than 50 publications, has given more than 200 presentations on various STEM topics, and is a Tau Beta Pi “Eminent Engineer.” She also engages the public on topics related to STEM and society, and was a speaker for “Diversity, STEAM, and Comics,” where “A” adds the “arts” to STEM, at Awesome Con in March 2018. She is a passionate advocate, global mentor, education policy strategist and champion for equity in STEM.



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