Diversifying the Academy the Right Way

In a previous blog post, I wrote about how frustrating it can be to constantly hear that current doctoral students are setting themselves up for failure by pursuing the tenure-track market. Too often, panels, programs, and conversations on Twitter overwhelmingly focus on the decline of positions and negative experiences people have in academia.  While these messages may be well-intentioned, rather than being helpful, they leave a lasting impression of uncertainty to graduate students.

That wasn’t the case for my time at NYU Steinhardt’s Faculty First-Look Program—a program that brings together graduate students from across the nation to learn from faculty, post-docs, and administrators at NYU about how to secure a tenure-track position and set yourself up for success once you begin your career as a professor. From the moment I received notification of acceptance, I felt welcomed and wanted.

As a Latinx scholar who was raised Catholic, mentors in academia to me are like the adults in my childhood that were not related but I trusted like family—I’d call them titis and tios (aunts and uncles). They are the mentors who have my best interest in mind and are willing to do what they can to help me succeed, even if it is giving me advice that is hard to take in. I left this program feeling like I gained more titis, tios, and primos (cousins).

Early on during the program, we learned that our individual acceptance into the program were part of a larger initiative to build a pipeline of Faculty First Look fellows that will diversify the professoriate and extend opportunity to future scholars. We were given brochures of former cohorts and we bonded over how our own unique research projects were still connected to the groups’ overall interest to equity and representation. We ended the program committed to keeping each other accountable and cheering each other on.

Andrew Martinez

This program exceeded my expectations. While I was aware that we were going to have workshops on C.V.s and cover letters, the faculty recruitment process, and negotiations, it was not the typical “here is a presentation of best practices.”  Instead, we received candid advice from the fac

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Florida Tech to Build New Health Sciences Research Center

An $18 million Health Sciences Research Center will be built on Florida Institute of Technology’s (Florida Tech) campus in order to help fill the number of high demand jobs within the biomedical and premedical science fields.

Dr. T. Dwayne McCay

The facility will double the size of the undergraduate biomedical engineering program, increase the undergraduate premedical program, provide over 20,000 square feet of classroom space and allow students to use virtual reality tools within laboratories for research.

According to the university, funding for the center derives from the sale of Educational Facilities Revenue Bond and construction will begin next spring.

“The excellence of a Florida Tech education and our unparalleled success in producing highly desirable graduates make this evolution on our campus and in our educational offerings a natural, powerful step forward,” said Florida Tech President Dr. T. Dwayne McCay.

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Princeton Theological Seminary to Finance Reparations

After a historical audit analyzed the Princeton Theological Seminary’s role in American slavery back in 2016, the institution has agreed to pay reparations.

This decision comes after student activists started a public petition that received over 650 signatures and urged the trustees to take action. Virginia Theological Seminary is the only other theological institution to pay reparations in the United States, according to the Daily Princetonian.

The institution set aside 27.6 million of its endowment to finance the reparations. With the funding, 30 new scholarships for the descendants of slaves will be established, several building names will be changed to highlight African American leaders and a full-time director will be hired for the Center for Black Church Studies, the Daily Princetonian reported.

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TMCF Raised $5.8M for HBCU Student Scholarships and Programs

Dr. Harry L. Williams

Over $5.8 million was raised at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s (TMCF) Anniversary Awards Gala over the weekend.

Terrence Jenkins, an TMCF National Ambassador and actor, hosted the gala and launched the new fundraising initiative, the Forever Fund.

Additionally, Ally Financial Inc. presented Dr. Harry L. Williams, TMCF president and CEO, with a $1.5 million check. All the money raised from the event will go towards creating more scholarships and programs dedicated to help students from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and predominantly Black institutions (PBIs) earn internships and full-time jobs, according to TMCF.

There were over 450 HBCU students and 1,200 guests in attendance.

“Every year I am so impressed by the level of support TMCF receives from every student, individual, corporation and organization that attends and supports our mission by donating and attending our gala,” said Williams. “Ally has been a tremendous partner for TMCF. With Moguls in the Making, Ally internship programs and their commitment as our gala presenting partner, I am grateful to them, and everyone who attended, and donated to help us ensure our HBCUs continue to thrive.”

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