SIS Breaking Bread Team
Garric Buzzard, Amy Marrion, Jessica MacArthur, Kate Arion, Shawn Bates, Rachel Sawyer
School of International Service
The School of International Service (SIS) Staff Council and the Chair of the SIS Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee organized a customized version of the AU Breaking Bread program to strengthen the connection between its 127 faculty and 67 staff and administrators. In recent years, budget cuts, administrative restructuring, and other factors resulted in faculty, staff, and administrators losing connection with, and an understanding and respect for, the work of colleagues across different groups.
In order to bring the community together, the SIS Breaking Bread program utilizes existing resources on campus. The team sought input from many faculty and staff voices to ensure its appeal and success to the entire community. They applied for and won a PCDI Inclusive Excellence mini-grant and were awarded additional funding from the SIS Dean to offer a meal and dialogue.
The team worked with AU Connects to offer a facilitated conversation that addresses some of the challenges the SIS community has reported in a safe and accepting environment. The goals of the event are to support a positive working environment for SIS faculty and staff by improving morale and sense of belonging, increase a shared understanding and appreciation of departmental functions and individual roles across the community, and deepen relationships among faculty and staff that results in improved collaboration that better serves students.
The team would like to use this pilot as a launch point for an ongoing program that supports an inclusive and engaged community and AU’s Plan for Inclusive Excellence.
Congratulations to the SIS Breaking Bread team, Garric Buzzard, Amy Marrion, Jessica MacArthur, Kate Arion, Shawn Bates, and Rachel Sawyer, for being selected as the recipients of the 2020 Faculty & Staff Collaboration Award and thank you for all that you do for American University.
Congratulations to the 2020 Faculty & Staff Collaboration Award nominees!
Although the nominees were not selected for this year's award, their outstanding work did not go unnoticed. Thank you for all you do!
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