Bryn Mawr College is committed to providing its employees, including all faculty and staff members, with an equitable and respectful work environment.
While we hope that every workday is positive and productive, in any workplace, including Bryn Mawr, sometimes frustration, tension and conflict occur. Such workplace issues may transpire between co-workers, between a staff and faculty member, between a faculty member and student, or between employees and their supervisors, among other examples. When these situations arise, staff and faculty may choose to work it out themselves or they may wish to avail themselves of the help of others at the College.
Staff and faculty who wish to enlist the help of another individual should call upon their supervisor or department chair, respectively, for guidance and support. If staff or faculty are uncomfortable approaching their supervisor or department chair (or if they are the source of the issue), there are a number of options available.
Faculty and staff may choose to talk with a Workplace Advisor who can provide valuable listening, consultation, support and advocacy. Workplace Advisors will serve in the following roles:
- Provide a confidential and “off-the-record” place for discussing workplace issues.
- Offer guidance on approaching or resolving an issue.
- Provide information on resources and options for navigating College policies and procedures.
- Serve as a mediator, discussion facilitator, advocate and/or supportive presence in conflict resolution or in the resolution of the workplace issue.
- Be a supportive presence in conflict resolution or in the resolution of the workplace issue by the appropriate College administrator.
- Serve as a first point of contact if faculty/staff members are unsure where to go for particular information.
Staff are not required to consult only with Workplace Advisors who are staff, and faculty are not limited to consulting only a fellow faculty member. The individual with the concern elects with whom they want to share their concern, though it is advised that they not select a Workplace Advisor who has immediate or ultimate supervisory responsibility for themselves or for the other faculty/staff member involved in the concern to avoid the perception that the Workplace Advisor is biased.
Staff and faculty may contact Workplace Advisors using the information below; there is no shared phone number or email address for Workplace Advisors.
(Bios further below)
Director of Alumnae Relations
David S. Byers
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Term Professor and Director, Education Program and Associate Dean for Global Engagement
Chair and Professor of Psychology
Workplace Advisor Bios
- Experience with national diversity pipeline initiative designed to increasing diversity at large law firms.
- Earned law degree with coursework in employment law topics such as arbitration, mediation and negotiation.
- Bryn Mawr undergraduate alumna.
- Director of Alumnae Relations Office, and formerly member of development staff, with significant experience working with Bryn Mawr alumnae, parents and friends.
David S. Byers
- Current research focuses on applied and everyday ethical issues, especially related to allyship and anti-oppressive efforts in peer and clinical interactions locally and transnationally
- Extensive background in teaching, supervising, and practicing psychoanalytically informed psychotherapy
- Assistant Professor of social work and convener of the clinical practice sequence at the GSSWSR
- Extensive engagement in the field of education, with focus on learning, listening, and integrating various points of view.
- Trained/experienced in active listening, intercultural communication, mentoring, conflict coaching, dialogue facilitation, and mediation.
- Longtime Bryn Mawr community member with experience in a range of roles and collaborations.
- Director of and Term Professor in the Bryn Mawr/Haverford Education Program; Associate Dean for Global Engagement.
- Known to the Bryn Mawr community for his work in resolving disputes with compassion and calm.
- Outspoken, spirited community motivator, who understands the true value of face-to-face human communication.
- Served on numerous boards and committees in the Chester County area to promote positive change. Examples include organizations providing for under-served children, youth and adults in the West Chester area; “West Chester Dance Works” community outreach through dance; and other faith-based organizations providing community support to nursing and assisted living facilities, as well as to the elderly and shut-in.
- Serves as technical consultant to public and private organizations.
- College community member for 20 years.
- Multimedia and Technical Services staff member.
- Licensed clinical psychologist who has done therapy with adults, couples, families and children for thirty years.
- Worked on workplace and community challenges as an organizational consultant and community organizer, and has training and interest in mindfulness practices.
- Served for many years as director of the graduate program in Clinical Developmental Psychology.
- Professor of Psychology.