Declaration action point: Ensure equitable service loads

Posted on 21/12/2021 in Best Practices

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Ensure equitable service loads for teaching, advising, and committees

An inclusive workplace culture is a healthy environment for all. To establish an inclusive workplace and transparent career structures, the ALBA Declaration on Equity & Inclusion advises to ensure equitable service loads for teaching, advising, and committees. This article provides useful tips & resources on best practices about equitable service loads.

Issues

Women and minority faculty are often asked to take on underappreciated committee work and mentoring responsibilities on equity, diversity and inclusion issues which is not rewarded for the contribution it makes to the institution. Professors, graduate students and staff members from marginalized backgrounds have long shouldered unseen and uncompensated obligations and responsibilities at academic institutions.

Suggested actions

  • End the practice of overburdening women and minority faculty with extra duties on EDI topics.
  • Ensure appropriate compensation for these efforts.