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Program Description, Goals and Schedule of Activities

The Trailblazers: Provost’s Mentoring Initiative for Faculty will assist pre-tenure and tenured faculty in developing their abilities to transform organizations by serving as advocates and champions of gender equity in higher education; preparing them to lead initiatives at Clemson University and other organizations (professional associations/government); and, equipping them with the tools necessary to establish faculty mentoring programs within their departments and colleges. Pacesetters, a sub group of Trailblazers, will be prepared to move into formal and informal leadership roles in higher education and other organizations.

Donn Dean and Cynthia Simpson, Association for Women In Science, who facilitated the mentoring Relationship workshop for the Trailblazers on September 22, 2017 at Clemson University, Clemson. SC

  • Goals

    At the end of the program, Trailblazers will be able to:

    • Recognize bias, raise awareness and cultivate a campus climate and institutional culture which supports gender equity.
      • Participate in and expand upon Tiger Advocates training
    • Increase the recruitment and retention of women and minorities
      • Support and deliver mentoring, coaching and sponsorship activities for women, minorities and others within their departments and colleges
      • Support the Pathfinder program  and learn techniques  to serve as diversity advocates during candidate searches for their departments and others
    • Advocate for work life balance and equitable work load distribution
    • Recognize when to use different leadership styles and how others perceive their leadership styles
      • Leadership Theories explored: Transformational, Servant, Women and Diversity,
    • Champion family friendly policies
      • Knowledge and communication of policies which support families
      • Advocate support of modified duty policy as appropriate
  • Program of Activities
    When What Where
    Friday,
    Sept 15,
    12-1 Lunch
    1-4 Session
    Leadership Development Program – Kick Off Session
    • Welcome, Provost Jones
    • Panel Q & A
    • Leadership Development  (Administer 360/  DiSC)
    David Peebles Room, Hendrix Student Center
    Friday,
    Sept 22,
    8-9 Mentor
    9-4 Protégé
    Leadership and the Importance of Successful Mentoring Relationship Workshop
    Association for Women in Science
    • Mentor training for Trailblazers
    • Mentor training for Mentors/ Leadership abbreviated (1 hour or less)
    • Mentoring Lunch
    Room 254
    Lehotsky Hall
    Thursday,
    Oct 26,
    9-11 Session
    11-12 Debrief
    Tiger ADVOCATES Program, Men's Training Meeting Rooms A & B
    Hendrix Student Center
    Friday,
    Oct 27,
    9-11 Session
    11-12 Debrief
    Tiger ADVOCATES Program, Women's Training Meeting Rooms A & B
    Hendrix Student Center
    Friday,
    Nov 10
    12-1 Lunch
    1-4 Session 
    Implementing / leading a mentoring program (department/ college) to support retention Meeting Rooms A & B
    Hendrix Student Center
    Friday,
    Dec 8
    12-1 Lunch
    1-4 Session
    Leading a culture of inclusion and equity
    Leadership Development, Susan Masden (tentative)
    Meeting Rooms A & B
    Hendrix Student Center
    Friday,
    Jan 12 
    12-1 Lunch
    1-4 Session
    Planning and leading change in higher education
    Promoting and leading equitable workload distribution
    Meeting Rooms A & B
    Hendrix Student Center
    Friday,
    Feb 2
    12-1 Lunch
    1-4 Session 
    Negotiation and conflict management to mitigate 2nd generation bias Meeting Rooms A & B
    Hendrix Student Center
    Friday,
    March 16 
    12-1 Lunch
    1-4 Session
    Leading and managing in higher education administration Meeting Rooms A & B
    Hendrix Student Center
    Friday,
    April 6
    12-1 Lunch
    1-4 Session
    Leadership Development – Lessons learned/ re-administer 360 Meeting Rooms A & B
    Hendrix Student Center
    Friday,
    May 18
    9-4
    Program Finale
    • Plenary Session
    • Provide report of Department/ College Mentoring Program Status
    TBD
    Note: These dates may change as speakers and program content are finalized.