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Diversity-related Faculty and Staff Initiatives

Women of Color Network

Formed in 1989, the Baruch College Women of Color Network was created as a forum for African-American, Latina, and Asian-American faculty, staff, and students to address issues of social and cultural isolation. WOC also attempts to provide educational enrichment for the College’s diverse environment through different activities and events, as well as through sharing ideas and experiences.

WOC has participated in a variety of events over its history including the following:

  • Asian Awareness celebrations
  • Baruch Health Festival
  • Rice Festival
  • Rhythm, Music and Dances of Latin America – Lecture and Demonstration
  • Japanese Flower Arranging and Display
  • Argentine Tango – Lecture and Demonstration
  • Let’s Mambo – Lecture and Demonstration
  • Corporate Etiquette
  • Black Hair & Cultural Political Movement
  • Chinese Tea Ceremony and Lecture – Origami and Paper Cutting
  • Women’s Health and Chinese Herbs Lecture
  • Film Festivals
  • Mentoring and Support Groups

The Robert A. Martínez Scholarship Award Ceremony is sponsored by the WOC Network. candidates for awards must demonstrate outstanding community service in their community and/or the Baruch community, and have an overall grade point average of 3.3 or higher.

The WOC currently has more than 40 members, including faculty, staff and students.

International Faculty Development Program


Baruch College offers an international faculty development program for faculty members whose native language/dialect is not American English. The program has met with an enthusiastic response; we are particularly happy that the program seems to be instrumental in significant increases in the student evaluation scores of participating instructors.

The following services are available:

Accent Reduction

The most popular part of the program are one-on-one accent reduction tutorials with a trained communication professional. Tutorials are usually scheduled once a week and last one hour.

Language Lab

International faculty members are invited to peruse the many excellent ESL and pedagogy materials in Baruch College's Speech/ESL Lab (Vertical Campus B8-165). To learn about lab holdings and procedures, a brief introductory tour of the lab is necessary.


Workshops on pedagogy and communication issues are scheduled each semester. Topics include “Lecture Techniques,” “How to Make Your Classroom More Interactive,” “Classroom Management,” and “Testing and Grading.” Contact Prof. Elisabeth Gareis for this semester's workshop schedule (see below).

Classroom Observations

Two types of classroom observations are possible: (1) Subject area and/or faculty development specialists are prepared to visit classes, videotape instructors (if so desired), and provide feedback on pedagogy and/or communication. Observations by a specialist can be arranged through the international faculty development program coordinator. (2) Alternatively, faculty members can observe a colleague's class themselves. One's department chair will be happy to make a recommendation.

Materials on Pedagogy

Materials available in the faculty resource room and Speech/ESL Lab include books (e.g., Teaching American Students: A Guide for International Faculty & Teaching Assistants in Colleges & Universities) and videos (e.g., Teaching in America: A Guide for International Faculty; What Students Want: Teaching from a Student's Perspective).

Writing/Editing Assistance

Assistance with written work (e.g., proofreading and editing of professional articles) is available—rates need to be negotiated by each faculty member with the specific tutor. (All other services are free of charge.)

If you are interested in any or all of the above services, please contact the program coordinator:

Professor Elisabeth Gareis, Coordinator, International Faculty Development Program
Dept. of Communication Studies, B8-240
Tel.: (646) 312-3731