Dr. Kristie A. Ford | Skidmore College
Dr. Kristie A. Ford is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Intergroup Relations Program (IGR) at Skidmore College. She received her B.A. in sociology from Amherst College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research and teaching interests include: race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and social justice education.
More specifically, Dr. Ford explores the connections between race and intersecting social identities in relation to two broad fields of study: (1) body management practices, and (2) pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning. In three such projects she examines these issues in relation to: (1) appearance ideals in the Black community, (2) women of color faculty experiences in academia, and (3) inter-/intra-group interactions in peer-facilitated service-learning and social justice courses. Recent publications include a co-edited book, Intergroup Dialogue: Engaging Difference, Social Identities, and Social Justice: Research Perspectives and New Directions” (Routledge, 2014), and an article on the possibilities and challenges of white students developing alliances with people of color in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (2015). Her latest book, Facilitating Change through Intergroup Dialogue: Social Justice Advocacy in Practice, is forthcoming with Routledge.
Dr. Ford’s courses, including Race & Power, Racial Identities: Theory & Praxis, and the Black Female Body, reflect these scholarly interests, as do her service commitments, which include the development of the Black Faculty and Staff Group (BFSG) at Skidmore in 2008 and the creation of the first IGR minor in the United States in 2012.
Dr. Ford consults widely within higher education; in the last five years, she has facilitated over twenty-five workshops on diversity, inclusivity, and social justice. For her work, she has received several honors, including: the President's Award at Skidmore College, the NAACP Community Service Award, and the Regional Leadership Council on Inclusion Award.
Dr. Carol Weisse | Union College
Dr. Carol Weisse is currently the Director of Health Professions at Union College in Schenectady, NY where she mentors students interested in careers in medicine. As a Professor of Psychology, she teaches interdisciplinary courses in health psychology, death and dying, behavioral neuroscience, and medical humanities.
Through her experiences taking students abroad to study healthcare delivery in England, the Netherlands, Denmark, Hungary and Canada, she was motivated to develop health-related service learning opportunities in the U.S., Zimbabwe, and South Africa.
Dr. Weisse also obtained training as a hospice volunteer in 2000, and later as a caregiver at the Joan Nicole Prince Home, a community-run residential home in Scotia, NY that provides care to terminally ill residents. These experiences motivated her to develop a Community Action, Research, and Education (C.A.R.E) Program to educate students in end of life care by having them serve as caregivers in homes for the dying. Her research has been on the benefits of in-home palliative care not only to patients receiving care, but to the students immersed in the culture of care. Her public scholarship has been supported by the Bender Scientific Fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Captial Region and by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s New York Six Upstate Global Collective “to create a scholarly community supporting teaching and learning around academic themes that have rich historical roots in upstate New York but that also are of current consequence worldwide.” Dr. Weisse received her Ph.D. in Medical Psychology from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and was also the recipient of the 2011 Byron A. Nichols Fellowship for Faculty Development and the 2013 Stillman Prize to the teacher “who can make a classroom a place which combines excitement, joy, and challenge.”