CONWAY, Ark. (December 6, 2018) – Two Hendrix programs receiving
Mellon Foundation grant funding from the Associated
Colleges of the South (ACS) have received additional funding through ACS and Mellon
to continue the programs established within the past year: the Hendrix College Microaggressions
and Microaffirmations (M&M) Project and ACS FOCUS.
The Hendrix College M&M Project is aimed at raising awareness
about microaggressions and promoting the campus adoption of microaffirmations.
In the process, the hope is to create a model that can be applied at other ACS
schools to encourage greater inclusivity in campus communities.
“The project involves taking pictures of students holding up written signs of their
encounters with micro-behaviors, developing a website to feature the pictures,
and utilizing the website as part of classroom instruction, faculty and staff
development, student leadership training, and the like,” said Dr. Michael
Miyawaki, an assistant professor of sociology at Hendrix and administrator of
the project. For the calendar year 2018, the M&M Project focused on race,
ethnicity, and culture. In 2019, the theme will be gender and sexuality.
The other project receiving continued funding, ACS FOCUS – Faculty
of Color Uniting for Success, is a collaboration among three ACS institutions: Southwestern
University, Millsaps College and Hendrix College. ACS FOCUS addresses the
challenges that faculty of color face in their path to professional success in
With the additional funding, ACS FOCUS will provide a second
summer institute for faculty of color (the first took place in the summer of
2018). The institute will address scholarly productivity through specific goal
setting, designated time for scholarship each day, and follow-ups on progress.
The project will also bring in trained facilitators to assist faculty with
topics such as self-care, cultivating mentors, tenure and promotion, and
navigating service demands. In addition, it aims to explicitly build a peer
mentoring network by facilitating cross-institutional relationships.
“This grant project also incorporates sustained advocacy, and aims
to raise awareness and support for the challenges that faculty of color within
ACS consortia schools face,” said Dr. Dionne Jackson, chief diversity officer
and vice president for diversity and inclusion at Hendrix. “The project’s
overall objectives are to enhance recruitment, success, and the retention of
faculty of color at our institutions.”
“These projects are great examples of the work our faculty are
doing to promote the liberal arts experience for our students, and to promote
diversity and inclusion on our campus and across our academic consortium,” said
Dr. Leslie Templeton, professor of psychology and associate provost for faculty
development at Hendrix.
About Hendrix College
A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix
College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal
arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40
Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic
quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture
in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has
been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more,