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Skidmore College

Bias Response Case Study with John McKnight

Friday, October 9, 2020
3 - 4:30 p.m.
Zoom information will be sent via email prior to the session.

Participants will be asked to read an article related to an interaction that occurred at another higher ed institution and to fill out a short survey addressing the resolution outlined in the article and participants’ expectations. Using Dean McKnight as an external facilitator, the session will explore the interaction described in the article and consider how it might be translated to Skidmore. We will roleplay our bias response protocols, meaning we will act as though the actions occurred here at the College and then walk through typical steps.  Goals of the session include understanding participants’ expectations related to reports of bias, education related to our bias protocols, and consideration of our bias response practices.



John F. McKnight Jr. Ed.D.John F. McKnight, Jr.
Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion, Connecticut College

John F. McKnight, Jr. serves as Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion at Connecticut College where he also holds an appointment as Affiliated Associate Professor of Education. McKnight began his term as the College’s first dedicated chief diversity officer in July 2016 and in that role provides strategic direction for equity and inclusion work across campus. Under his leadership, the College engaged in an inclusive 18-month process to develop a comprehensive Equity and Inclusion Action Plan that outlines curricular initiatives, co-curricular programs, and facilities projects, including an effort to renew the College’s historic cultural center spaces. McKnight manages the offices of equity and compliance programs, gender and sexuality programs, race and ethnicity programs, religious and spiritual programs, student accessibility services, and the Title IX office. He holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.