The Minnesota Child Welfare Training Academy (MNCWTA) is proud to share that our Curriculum Supervisor, Lolita Johnson, has been named President of the University of Minnesota Black Faculty & Staff Association. Lolita joined the MNCWTA in the summer of 2020 to help create and lead curriculum development efforts for child welfare training throughout Minnesota. Learn more about Lolita’s work here.
The mission of the Black Faculty & Staff Association (BFSA) is to build and maintain a well-connected community of Black employees to increase their sense of belonging and affinity to the University of Minnesota. As BFSA President, Lolita hopes to promote well-being and success by encouraging conversations that are engaging, supportive, and challenging. She feels it is important to have a place to speak freely about various issues, and to meet those situations with relevant resources. Lolita believes that healthy discussions and solutions are gifts that are simple yet immeasurable.
“We are proud of Lolita and believe she is well-deserving of this position,” says Liz Snyder, MNCWTA co-director. “Her role with the BFSA benefits the Academy in critical ways, and we are happy to support her in this position as president.”
Hosted through the Office for Equity and Diversity, the BFSA is one of several staff and faculty affinity groups at the University of Minnesota that exist to help create a more welcoming and inclusive place to work and learn. The Black Faculty & Staff Association shares ideas with other groups of the University of Minnesota to promote growth in opportunities that relate to accountability, inclusion, and change.
As Lolita shares her talents and energy with the BFSA, the Training Academy will strive to support her efforts, as well as the work of everyone engaged in creating a world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.