“Until we get equality in education, we won’t have an equal society.”

– Sonia Sotomayor

With the generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Office of Recruitment and Diversity (ORD) launched an exciting initiative to support our diverse professoriate at CUNY. In the spring of 2017, the CUNY Mellon Faculty Diversity Career Enhancement Initiative (CFDI) initiated the program on the four Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow (MMUF)-serving institutions at The City University of New York, which are Queens College, Hunter College, Brooklyn College and City College of New York. The initiative develops and supports sustained mentorship via research/writing seminars and a series of professionalization workshops to increase the retention rate of our faculty.

By creating the intellectual spaces to further advance scholarship and creativity, we seek to enhance prospects for tenure and promotion and improve upon the overall University climate. Our objective is to anchor and support junior faculty cohorts as they build an intellectual community, work toward a peer-reviewed publication for one year, and attend professionalization workshops over a year and a half. The initiative will support three consecutive cohorts of faculty from all four campuses. The third cohort will complete the program in December 2020.

The initiative is tied to University-wide efforts to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion as outlined in the Diversity Action Plan and in accordance with the mission of the University. Our goal is to supplement University-based initiatives such as the Faculty Fellowship Publication Program (FFPP) and the Diversity Projects Development Fund (DPDF) as well as campus-based faculty enhancement initiatives.

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