Mellon Grants $541,000 to CUNY To Enhance Faculty Diversity

The City University of New York has received a $541,000 four and one-half year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a program to enhance faculty diversity.

The CUNY Mellon Faculty Diversity Career Enhancement Initiative, a Mellon collaboration with four CUNY senior colleges, is tied to University-wide efforts to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion.  Sited at Brooklyn College, City College of New York, Hunter College and Queens College, which also serve Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows, the grant will support a program for faculty mentoring and professional development. A cohort of faculty on each campus will attend research/writing seminars aimed at producing peer-review publications for a year and workshops to increase the retention rate of a diverse professoriate. University Dean Arlene Torres of the Office of Human Resources Management serves as Principal Investigator.

“The City University of New York has one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation,” said Chancellor James B. Milliken.  “This program, which is aimed at increasing the prospects for tenure and promotion of a more diverse faculty, will further prepare students to become leaders for a new generation.  Through the Mellon Foundation’s support of active scholarship and academic professionalization required to achieve reappointment, tenure and promotion, CUNY will foster a community of dedicated faculty who will in turn support our talented and diverse student body.”

The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in New York City in 1847, the University comprises 25 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, the CUNY School of Medicine, the CUNY Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law, the CUNY School of Professional Studies and the CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy. The University serves more than 274,350 degree-seeking students and 260,000 adult and continuing education students. College Now, the University’s academic enrichment program, is offered at CUNY campuses and more than 300 high schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The University offers online baccalaureate and master’s degrees through the School of Professional Studies.