“In today’s world, it is the prerogative and responsibility of a public institution to cultivate a professoriate that reflects an array of backgrounds and perspectives. This is especially true in a place like New York City, which has always been—and will always be—a place where diversity is an indisputable fact and the very fabric of our being.
We need academia—and CUNY specifically—to be a place where every field of study is influenced by not just a few perspectives and experiences, but by as many as possible. And this university must be a place where our students, who hail from 216 difference ancestries, and who speak 198 different languages, can identify with the professors who are standing in front of classrooms, running laboratories, and leading research efforts.”
– Vita Rabinowitz, Executive Vice Chancellor
The Faculty Diversity Career Enhancement Initiative (CFDI) is a mentorship program for CUNY faculty that includes monthly research/writing seminars and a series of professionalization workshops. By creating intellectual spaces to advance scholarship and creativity, we seek to enhance the prospects for tenure and promotion and improve upon the overall University climate. The initiative invites applications from early career Assistant Professors from the four MMUF-serving campuses; Brooklyn College, City College, Hunter College, and Queens College.
With the generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Office of Recruitment and Diversity (ORD) of the Office of Human Resources Management at the City University of New York launched an exciting initiative to support the professoriate. The CUNY Mellon Faculty Diversity Career Enhancement Initiative (CFDI) started on June 1, 2016 and will run through May 30, 2020. With additional support from the Office of Academic Affairs, Dr. Victoria Stone-Cadena serves as the Assistant Project Administrator spearheading the implementation of our collective vision for the initiative.
The CUNY Mellon Faculty Diversity Career Enhancement Initiative (CFDI) of the City University of New York hosted the second in a series of six professional development workshops in early May. The first cohort of Mellon faculty fellows and mentors came together for a 3-hour workshop focused on “The Book Prospectus: Peer-reviewed work and the Publishing Industry,” led by Ken Wissoker, Editorial Director of Duke University Press and Director of the Intellectual Publics at the Graduate Center at CUNY. Given the interdisciplinary group, Wissoker covered a broad range of publication strategies, asking pointed questions to prompt the fellows to think about their key objectives and their own arguments.
On December 13, 2016, the Office of Recruitment and Diversity at CUNY hosted the inaugural welcoming reception for the CUNY Mellon Faculty Diversity Career Enhancement Initiative (CFDI). Funded by the Mellon Foundation, the exciting three-year initiative offers mentoring and professional development resources to tenure-track junior faculty at the four MMUF-serving institutions, which are Brooklyn College, CCNY, Hunter College, and Queens College.
Setting the stage for a great series of professional development workshops, Dean Sherri-Ann Butterfield of
Rutgers -Newark and Dr. Rosamond King of Brooklyn College shared key insights in the annual review process.
Generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”
– Audre Lorde