Minority Serving Institutions Initiative Coffee Chat Series

The coffee chat series will serve as a space for scholars and practitioners to share ideas, best practices, and other resources related to R1 and Minority Serving Institutions' (MSIs) relationships and mechanisms of support for students that transition from MSIs into R1 institutions for graduate and professional education. The series will highlight examples from U-M, exemplars from across the country, and scholars and practitioners that explore and implement practices that foster positive experiences and outcomes for students from MSIs.

This series is primarily intended for faculty and staff that have existing relationships with MSIs, or for those who do not but are interested in forming relationships, as well as graduate students who have interest in this topic.

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Pamela Eddy, Professor of Higher Education, College of William and Mary

Traditional partnerships are often happenstance in nature—forming when collaborators are required for grant funding and ending quickly when funding ends. Forming strategic partnerships instead builds on shared goals, mission alignment, and nurturing of relationships that lead to sustainability. This session will review the steps to help build sustainable partnerships, and focus in particular on the role of mid-level leaders. Tapping into the social capital of champions on campus provides increased opportunities to connect with others and build thriving partnerships.

Pamela Eddy's Bio:

Pamela Eddy is a professor of higher education in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership at William & Mary. Her research interests include community college leadership and development, organizational change and educational partnerships, gender roles in higher education, and faculty development.

Professor Eddy serves as a consultant for campuses, system offices, and on funded grants regarding strategies to support community college student success and to support leadership development. Eddy has authored six books and edited six others. Her most recent book, with Betty Kirby, is titled Leading for Tomorrow: A Primer for Succeeding in Higher Education Leadership (2020). Eddy is the editor-in-chief for New Directions for Community Colleges, and serves on the editorial boards for Community College Journal of Research and Practice, Community College Enterprise, and Innovative Higher Education. She received the 2006 emerging scholar award and the 2013 senior scholar award from the Council for the Study of Community Colleges. In 2021, Professor Eddy was recognized with a 2021 Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Additionally, Eddy received the 2011 Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence at William & Mary. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Dublin, Ireland in 2009 and continues her research on partnerships there.

Eddy received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University, her M.S. from Cornell University, and her B.S. in economics from Allegheny College.

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