October 11, 2018

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Please note: This event is for invited researchers only.

“I Do What I Do, Because of What I Did:” A Professional Logic of Role Sensemaking of Academic Diversity Officers

Talk description:
Diversity officer roles are a popular organizational structure to coordinate diversity initiatives in various settings, especially in Higher Education. Academic Diversity Officers (ADOs) come to their role through multiple professional pathways with respective professional logics. With the interviews of diversity officers at the University of Michigan, this qualitative study seeks to understand how the logics of diverse professional backgrounds shape the role sensemaking of current ADOs.

Jeff Grim
Jeff Grim is a 4th year doctoral candidate in Higher Education with a concentration in Organizational Behavior & Management working as a doctoral fellow at the National Center for Institutional Diversity. He is broadly interested in organizational equity research in higher education around student success for underrepresented students and faculty career pathways. Prior to his doctoral program he worked in student services at Southern Methodist University and Washington University in St. Louis. He has a graduate certificate n Executive Coaching from Southern Methodist University, an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Washington University in St. Louis, Masters degree in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University, Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland, College Park, and an Associates degree in General Studies from Hagerstown Community College.

Laura Sanchez-Parkinson
Laura Sanchez-Parkinson is the assistant director for programs and development at the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID). Prior to joining NCID, Laura served in various roles at the University of Michigan (U-M) in the Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR), Multi-Ethnic Students Affairs (MESA) office, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT), and the Office of the Provost. Laura earned a MA in higher education management and organizations and a dual BA in organizational studies and sociology from the U-M. She has also taught courses around organizational studies and inequalities, as well as research methods.

Laura’s background in organizational studies guides her approach in making sense of deep-seated structural inequalities. This approach is central to how she views her role at NCID, ensuring that every effort is thoughtful and strategic and leads to change not only at the individual level but also at the institutional level.

Research is the heart of Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS), and we want to make sure that we support each other in developing high quality research. To that end, we created the Adderley Positive Research Incubator for sharing and encouraging POS-related research ideas that are at various stages of development.

Learn more about the Adderley Positive Research Incubator here and direct questions about individual sessions to Amy Young at baldwin@umich.edu.