MILE: More Inclusive Learning Environments
MILE Student Advisors function as consultants to help Davidson faculty/staff members gain information and make decisions informed by student experiences, observations, and feedback, with regard to learning, campus climate, and inclusivity. MILE Student Advisors host group conversations and individual sessions on Fridays at noon and are available to schedule class visits. The Spring 2021 MILE Student Advisor Team includes Jeriel Adarquah-Yiadom ’22 (Computer Science), Nade Bai ’22 (Political Science, Philosophy, and Economics/Computer Science), Juan Diaz Mercado ’22 (Latin American Studies), Andrew Erler ’22 (Biology), Erin Mansell ’22 (Biology/Music), and Luisa Pereira ’22 (Memory Studies).
A. MILE Group Conversations (sign up in advance at tinyurl.com/davmile; recommend topics at this link).
MILE Student Advisors host conversations about inclusive pedagogies and strategies to create environments that are anti-racist and multicultural for small groups of faculty/staff members on alternating Fridays from noon-12:55 pm Eastern via Zoom. Conversations begin with introductions, declarations of intent, goals, and community standards to ensure that conversations are confidential and welcoming of all perspectives (stories stay and lessons leave). MILE Student Advisors will introduce the topic and encourage questions and open, collaborative conversations. To close, MILE Student Advisors will ask faculty/staff members to share action items to encourage accountability.
F 02.05.21 – noon-12:55 – Campus Resources (factors that influence why students do and do not use resources such as the Math & Science Center, Writing Center, etc.)
F 02.19.21 – noon-12:55 – Student workload (what students wished professors knew about the Davidson student workload expectations and realities)
F 03.05.21 – noon-12:55 – Student Motivation
F 03.19.21 – noon-12:55 – Social Justice in STEM
F 04.02.21 – noon-12:55 – Everyday Microaggressions
F 04.16.21 – noon-12:55 – Fostering a Welcoming Environment
B. MILE Individual Consultations (sign up in advance at tinyurl.com/milesp21).
MILE Student Advisors provide 25-minute individual consultations via Zoom on alternating Fridays (noon-12:55) as quick, accessible, and confidential student focus groups for Davidson faculty/staff members. MILE Student Advisors will prepare by reviewing materials submitted in advance. At consultations, MILE Student Advisors will introduce themselves and ask the faculty/staff member to describe a goal and specific questions on which they seek student feedback. At the end of the consultation, MILE Student Advisors will ask the faculty/staff member to share an action item to encourage accountability.
F 02.26.21 – noon-12:25 and 12:30-12:55
F 03.12.21 – noon-12:25 and 12:30-12:55
F 03.26.21 – noon-12:25 and 12:30-12:55
F 04.09.21 – noon-12:25 and 12:30-12:55
F 04.23.21 – noon-12:25 and 12:30-12:55
C. MILE Class Visits (sign up in advance at tinyurl.com/mileobsv).
Faculty members may request a MILE Student Advisor(s) to sit in on a specific class session(s) to share their experiences as students, consider classroom dynamics, and/or provide specific observations requested by the instructor. After the visit(s) the MILE Student Advisor(s) will share their observations, experiences, perspectives, and/or notes in the spirit of professional development (not evaluation). All feedback will be confidential and MILE Student Advisor notes will be discarded after feedback is shared directly and exclusively with the faculty member who requested the visit.
MILE Origin: The FIRST Action Team students suggested MILE in 2019 with the first iterations of MILE piloted in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 as semester-long, one-on-one student-faculty classroom partnerships modeled after Bryn Mawr’s Students as Learners and Teachers (SaLT). MILE aims to provide avenues for sharing student experiences that can be translated into developmental feedback for faculty/staff members to make informed choices to improve future student learning experiences.