Immigrant faculty should complete equity training to understand context of EDI initiatives

April 25, 2022
Immigrant faculty should engage in equity training so that they understand the context for EDI initiatives, writes Mariappan Jawaharlal. Jawaharlal says that most engineering professors in the United States were born in foreign countries, and may not understand the unique, contextual challenges that students studying in America may face. The author says that these instructors need context so that they can empathize with their students and understand how cultural history impacts the subject they teach. Jawaharlal also recommends that institutions provide equity literacy training to students who are completing their PhD studies, as well as providing this type of training to incoming faculty. Inside Higher Ed (Subscription) (Editorial)