We are pleased to introduce our first cohort of Diversity Leadership Fellows who will serve for the 2020-2021 Academic Year! Welcome to the DICE Team Dr. Antoinette Farmer (Professor of Social Work) and Dr. Zaire Dinzey-Flores (Associate Professor of Sociology and Latino & Caribbean Studies). Learn more about the Diversity Leadership Fellowship program below. The next cycle of fellows will be chosen in Spring 2021.
The Diversity Leadership Fellowship serves as an entry point for leadership development in two areas, faculty diversity and future faculty initiatives. Fellows are senior Rutgers University - New Brunswick faculty who bring expertise and possess a commitment to institutional progress in the areas outlined. Diversity Leadership Fellows serve as thought leaders, partnering with division staff to execute the aims outlined. The anticipated time commitment is 5 hours per week.
Research on the experiences of faculty of color nationwide often paint an alarming picture of isolation and frustration in predominantly white institutions. Despite significant financial investment, many institutions serve as a revolving door through which faculty of color circulate. This fellowship will be focused on the institutionalization of support for faculty diversity at Rutgers University – New Brunswick, promoting community and intellectual connection as well as avenues for collaboration that support the success of all faculty, but particularly faculty of color.
Future Faculty Initiatives
Women and historically underrepresented minorities continue to be underrepresented among the faculty. Efforts to increase faculty diversity require enhancing support for future faculty to support their retention, timely graduation and transition into the academy. This fellowship will be focused on developing future faculty initiatives to support graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at Rutgers University – New Brunswick as well as graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at peer institutions who could be our future faculty.
The Diversity Leadership Fellowship is a one-year leadership development program in the Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement that provides mentorship to support advancement in key areas of institutional need. Fellows will work closely with Vice Chancellor Enobong (Anna) Branch to execute the aims of their fellowship. Fellows will receive a stipend (and/or research funds) or partial teaching release as well as travel support to attend a higher education conference for professional development.