2 February 2017
We are delighted to launch the first module of our new Sponsorship Toolkit for sponsors participating in our Diversifying Leadership programme. Developed in partnership by Jannett Morgan, Programme Director, Diversifying Leadership, and Tinu Cornish CPsycho, Training and Learning Advisor, Equality Challenge Unit, the toolkit will provide a programme of interactive support and web-based learning for sponsors.
The Sponsorship Toolkit aims to enable a consistent and informed approach to sponsorship across Diversifying Leadership (DL), and develop the capacity, capability and confidence of DL sponsors to engage with their protégés to address the specific challenges facing BME early leaders. Furthermore, the sponsorship toolkit aims to stimulate better institutional support for DL participants at various points of their career journey through long term sponsorship. This is a significant development as sponsors can make a greater impact on an individual’s career because in addition to passing on knowledge and advice, they can use their seniority and organisational capital to actively advocate and ‘open doors’ to promote their protégés career.
The Sponsorship Toolkit will consist of five modules, and following the launch of the first, the additional module will follow with the aim for all five modules to be available by the end June 2017.
A summary of the modules:
Module One: The role of the sponsor
Specification of what the role of the sponsor is, what their expected contribution will be and what qualities they will bring to the role
Module Two: Race Matters (pending)
Online module on Race matters, sponsoring BME early career leaders. The module will be supported by a webinar for sponsors with Q&A.
Module Three: The long and winding road - leadership in academia (pending)
Encouraging the sponsor to share their own leadership journey, identifying career enablers, barriers and critical junctions including the role of their own sponsors and mentors.
Module Four: The tallest poppy: visibility and the double bind (pending)
Sponsors will be introduced to the complex ways that bias can play out in institutions and what they can do to counter this in their advocacy of their protégé.
Module Five: Mapping the journey-career planning (pending)
Sponsors will be introduced to a process of working with their protégé to create a five year career, identifying future career opportunities and barriers.
For more information on our Diversifying Leadership Programme, go to: www.lfhe.ac.uk/dal
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