Dr. Gretchel Hathaway

Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Franklin & Marshall College

Dr. Gretchel Hathaway  is Franklin & Marshall College’s first vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion. Reporting to the President, she provides vision, leadership and guidance on a full spectrum of diversity, equity, belonging and inclusion matters, working collaboratively with the F&M community to build a more inclusive environment.

Dr. Hathaway previously was dean of diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at Union College, where she led strategic plan diversity initiatives with its board of trustees, faculty and administrators. She worked at Union for 22 years, where she also served on the review board of all faculty tenure and promotion cases. She also supervised Union’s Office of Intercultural Affairs and Interfaith Department. Previously, she was Union’s director of community outreach and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance officer. She also taught in the Department of Sociology.

Her research interests include equity, and inclusivity in higher education, child physical and sexual abuse, and marital rape and spousal abuse. Before her arrival in Schenectady, she spent nine years as the director of the personal counseling center at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

She has presented programs on inclusion and bias, intercultural topics and Title IX programs at other institutions of higher education, including Swarthmore College, Colgate University and Skidmore College.

Gretchel is the parent of Stephen Tyson, Jr. Ph.D. (a 2007 F&M graduate and internationally known hip hop artist “Ellect”) Rachel Tyson (fundraiser and event planner for a non-profit). Gretchel earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Manhattanville College and her master’s degree in the same field from Yeshiva University. She holds a doctoral degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh.

Session: Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Healthcare

1.00 - 2.30 PM Afternoon Keynote

Wednesday Afternoon 2024

Understanding the Intersectionality of Our Identities: How Personal Bias Influences Interactions with Clients

As practitioners, we uphold the ethical standards of our professional organization. In addition, we bring to our work our own identities which include cultural and spiritual worldviews, political views, gender, race, etc. The intersectionality of our identities are important aspects of our view of the world, other people and cultures. Our identities influence how we speak to others; how our professional offices are designed; how we hold and lean into conversations- which includes code switching; and how we interact with others especially those who are ‘not like us’. Therefore, as we work with our clients/patients/students our personality, identity and viewpoints may be a welcoming moment for some or an uncomfortable moment for others. This workshop will lean into challenging conversations about how we can be intentional and more aware of the impact of our individual identity, and recognize the intersectionality of our identity that may bring unexpected explicit and implicit bias into our interactions with others.

This sessions is eligible for 1.5 CEs.