Friday, May 13, 2011

Patricia King and Carla O’Connor receive Faculty Allies for Diversity grants from Rackham Graduate School

Tags: awards, deans updates, diversity and social justice, king, oconnor

I am pleased to share the good news that Patricia King, professor, and Carla O’Connor, associate professor and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, were recently awarded Faculty Allies for Diversity grants from the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies. These grants are intended to fund activities that encourage the recruitment of diverse students, the academic progress of students, and the career success of students.

With this important funding, Pat and Carla will collaborate to sponsor a Race and Social Justice in Education Symposia Series that will feature nationally renowned scholars who will give lectures on race and social justice issues in education. These symposia will be open to the public. In addition, invited scholars will present workshops to SOE graduate students focused on professional practice, research methods, or teaching with a focus on race and social justice in education.

In addition to the symposia series, Pat will develop and implement a graduate certificate focused on diversity and social justice in higher education. This combination of courses and experiential learning will provide students with opportunities to develop knowledge and skills required to address diversity and social justice issues in higher education. Carla will launch the Race and Educational Equality Professional Development Seminar (REIPDS) to: (1) coordinate a network of students and faculty scholars who take up issues of diversity, inequality, and social justice; and (2) sponsor a series of scholarly, social, and training opportunities to provide mentoring to diverse students.

Please join me in congratulating Pat and Carla on this accomplishment and the important contribution it will make to our commitment to work on diversity and equity articulated in the strategic assessment!

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