The TECAID Subject Matter Expert Team

The Kardia Group

Subject Matter Expert Team
Diana Kardia, Mark Chesler, Karen Williams

The Kardia Group consults to TECAID as the primary subject matter experts, providing professional development to the project leaders and participants in the area of change leadership in academic settings and serving as content matter experts in diversity and inclusion training. They designed and led TECAID workshops, clinic-ing, and data based feedback (to TECAID participants), and collaborated on the Virtual Learning Community, evaluation instruments, and the identification of relevant subject matter resources/tools.

Diana Kardia, Ph.D., TECAID Project Lead and Founder of The Kardia Group, specializes in diversity in academic environments, with an emphasis on STEM disciplines. She has over 5,000 hours of experience offering strategic advice to academic leaders and 20 years of direct experience with supporting academic departments, schools, and colleges on place-based change. She holds a B.S. and an M.A. in Statistics, a Ph.D. in Higher Education, and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies--all from the University of Michigan.

Mark Chesler, Ph.D., Arthur Thurnau Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Michigan and a founding faculty member of the Program on Intergroup Relations, is an activist scholar conducting research, teaching, consulting and organizing on issues of social justice and personal/organizational change around race and gender equity. His publications include Faculty Identities and the Challenge of Diversity (Paradigm, 2013) and Challenging Racism in Higher Education (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005).

Karen Williams, Consultant, brings experience as a coach and consultant working with mid-level faculty, department staff, and mid-to-upper level academic administrators through leadership assessment instruments and the assessment of staff, team, and organizational dynamics. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems at Fielding Graduate University.

Cindy Glover, Kardia Group Project Staff, supports the development of workshop materials and documents workshop activities.

TECAID Project Leadership Team

Honestly, while diversity and inclusion was the common framing for "change" in our units and it was important to have a team change project, I felt like the professional development around change management is something that's not easily accessible for most [engineering] faculty and thus I'd say it comprised some of the most valuable aspects of TECAID. I will also say that TECAID would not be nearly so valuable if the quality of the facilitators was less than that of Diana, Karen and Mark.”

- TECAID Participant