College and Department Highlights


Cranos Williams, ECE

Engineering and Sciences: Mentor-Rings Program

Marcia Gumpertz

Marcia Gumpertz, Faculty Diversity


Montse Fuentes, Statistics

Jo-Ann Cohen

Jo-Ann Cohen, Sciences


Christine Grant, CBE

Laura Bottomley, Engineering

Laura Bottomley, Engineering

Alina Chertock, Mathematics

Alina Chertock, Mathematics

Katharine Stewart, Faculty Affairs







CALS: Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellowship

Lisa Guion Jones, CALS Assistant Dean for Diversity, Outreach and Engagement

Lisa Guion Jones, CALS



CHASS: Departmental Plans for Recruiting and Retaining Faculty of Color

Juliana Nfah-Abbenyi

Juliana Nfah-Abbenyi,  CH&SS



Descriptions of Initiatives and Best Practices

Colleges of Sciences and Engineering

Science and Engineering Mentor-Rings

The Mentor-Rings program is a joint project of the College of Engineering, the College of Sciences, the Office of Faculty Development, and the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity. While there is a large swath of faculty concerns that can only be dealt with by mentors within the department or discipline, this mentoring program focuses on issues that would benefit from cross-departmental discussion. The program is intended to be complementary to, but not replace, faculty mentoring that takes place within the departments. The focus of the Mentor-Rings will be on topics that transcend department or college boundaries, such as making the most of networking or mentoring relationships, administrative or logistical challenges in teaching and research, or work/life issues.

The Sciences and Engineering Mentor-Rings program will be organized as follows.

  • Mentors will work in “rings” consisting of two or three mentors and three to five mentees. The rings will be deliberately constructed to assure diversity across departments and colleges.
  • The pilot program will last for one academic year. Mentor training will take place in winter, 2015-16; active mentoring will take place in spring 2016.
  • The members of the Mentor-Rings Program coordinating team, listed below, will provide training and resources for the inaugural group of new mentors. We will serve as navigators and resources for the mentor-rings throughout the pilot program and will offer optional teleconferences once a month for debriefing, to discuss the issues that mentors have encountered.

Faculty who serve as mentors make a commitment to meet the following expectations.

  1. Attend three monthly meetings in winter 2015-16 to learn more about the mentor-rings program and mentoring strategies. There will be opportunities to interact with other mentors in the program and with the coordinating team members between meetings.
  2. Attend 3 “Ring” meetings, which will occur approximately once per month from February to April, 2016.
  3. Be available to mentees for individual consultations as appropriate.
  4. As members of the inaugural group of mentors in the Mentor-Rings program, share with members of the coordinating team your perspectives on the program and how to improve it.

The Mentor-Rings program builds on the departmental- and college-level mentoring that many early-career faculty already receive and leverages the strengths of cross-departmental and cross-college perspectives in the mentoring relationship for these faculty. We believe that this program has the potential to strengthen connections throughout these two colleges.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

CALS Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellowship

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences implemented the Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellows Initiative to achieve two aims: 1) increase diversity among the postdoctoral population in the College; and 2) mentor and prepare scientists from underrepresented groups to be competitive for faculty positions in the academy. The Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellows Initiative is very strategic, purposeful, and intentional in seeking to achieve those aims.

CALS Signature Programs, Projects and Initiatives

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  • CALS Diversity Council
  • CALS Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • On-Demand Diversity Sessions
  • Food for Thought Lunch and Learn Sessions
  • Building Bridges (NCBI) Strengthening Leadership for Diverse Communities workshop
  • Opening Doors: A personal and Professional Journey
  • CALS Inclusive Excellence Speaker Series
  • Female Faculty Networking and Professional Development Sessions
  • CALS Diversity Champions

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

CHASS Major Diversity Initiatives

CHASS Diversity Website

  • The Humanities and Social Sciences Diversity Speaker Series
  • The Humanities and Social Sciences Panel Discussion Series
  • Best Practices for Recruiting and Retaining Faculty of Color website
  • A Diversity Advisory Committee consisting of representatives from every department and headed by Juliana Nfah-Abbenyi, CHASS Assistant Dean for Diversity and Professor of English

Every department in CHASS has crafted a Recruitment and Retention Plan.

View the departmental plans.

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