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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.

2018 RFADG Faculty Ally Awardees

Richard Altschuler, Neuroscience Graduate Program, Medical Schooll

Sarah Burgard, Department of Sociology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Patricia Coleman-Burns*, School of Nursing

Gabriela Cruz*, School of Music, Theater, & Dance

Charlotte Karem Albrecht, Department of American Culture and Department of Women's Studies, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Anuj Kumar*, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Geeta Mehta*, Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, College of Engineering

Shahzad Mian, Department of Ophthamology and Visual Sciences, Medical School

Marie O'Neill*, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health

Akira Ono, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Medical School

Ivette Perfecto*, School for Environment and Sustainability

Malini Raghavan*, Graduate Program in Immunology, Medical School

Stephanie Rowley, Combined Program in Education and Psychology

Teresa Satterfield Linares, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

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

Audrey Seasholtz, Department of Biological Chemistry, Medical School

Denise Sekaquaptewa, Department of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Allison Steiner, Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, College of Engineering

Ruth Tsoffar*, Department of Comparative Literature, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Westley Weimer, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, College of Engineering

Melanie Yergeau*, Department of English Language and Literature, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Dimitrios Zekkos*, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering

* Indicates a recipient of an additional Student Ally Grant.

Last updated: May 8, 2018 - 11:41am