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Current Awardees

The Rackham Faculty Allies Diversity Grant (RFADG) program funds projects focusing on activities, for current graduate students that attend to: climate, retention and completion, academic and professional development, career progress and success, and alumni engagement. The grants support initiatives for Rackham and non-Rackham programs.

Sample Funded Proposals

Anuj Kumar, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, LS&A

Funded activity includes a monthly departmental DE&I workshop/event series designed in consultation with a committee of MCDB graduate students to raise awareness for DE&I issues towards improving departmental climate, professional development, and graduate student retention. The proposal was developed from discussions with the students who are most directly impacted by the proposed activities through an organic process. Topics include: Faculty of Color seminar, DE&I graduate student workshops and retreat, DE&I Town Hall and trainings from campus advocacy groups, panel on careers outside academia.

Lucy Hartley, English Language and Literature, LS&A

Funded activities include: small reading and writing groups of students with shared interests related to DE&I to establish intellectual community and seeding decentralized DE&I discussions throughout the department; spring/summer mentorship grants to provide an opportunity for students to work closely with a faculty member over the summer on creative, pedagogical, or scholarly projects; travel support, workshop series on diversity and pedagogy for graduate students and faculty; and, student social gatherings with incoming graduate students and undergraduate students in the program surrounding DE&I issues.

Stephanie Rowley, Combined Program in Education and Psychology, School of Education

Funded activities include: summer diversity research grants to encourage all students to bring papers that are underway to the point of submission while emphasizing that writing for publication builds critical and analytical thinking and communication skills that are relevant for any career that requires a Ph.D.; expand the buddy program into and through the challenging second year to lower barriers to success; networking lunch/dinner for faculty and students in which students rotate among faculty tables for small group conversations (topics on work-life balance, “how I started my research,” and/or “what I wish my graduate student self knew.”); and, diversity in the classroom professional development training.

Karen Sharon, Astronomy and Astrophysics, LS&A

Funded activities include: career workshops on a broad range of career opportunities with invited former astronomers who have embarked on diverse and successful careers outside of academia; networking and mentoring meetings for groups of graduate students to meet, network, connect, and form additional mentoring relationships with more senior members of the department outside their own research groups, through informal meetings with individuals with whom they can relate; DEI focus groups; and, travel support for conferences, trainings, and meetings.

2017 RFADG Faculty Ally Awardees

Richard Altschuler, Neuroscience, Medical School

Mark Banaszak Hol, Macromolecular Science and Engineering, College of Engineering

Lucy Hartley, English Language and Literature, LS&A

Olivier Jolliet, Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health

Patricia King, Center for the Study of Higher and Post Secondary Education, School of Education

Anuj Kumar, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, LS&A

Malini Raghavan, Immunology, Medical School

Stephanie Rowley, Combined Program in Education and Psychology, School of Education and LS&A

Amy Schulz, Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health

Keren Sharon, Astronomy and Astrophysics, LS&A

Karen Smith, Mathematics, LS&A

Herbert Winful, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering

Last updated: December 1, 2017 - 5:21pm