University announces new effort to increase faculty diversity

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The provost’s office is also renewing a program that offers small grants to junior faculty who contribute to the diversity goals of the University, providing some support for doctoral students, and offering internships that will serve as a bridge for outstanding undergraduates to go on to PhD programs. In addition, Davidson is working with Columbia’s schools to expand their mentoring programs for young academics. “We want to make sure that senior faculty are being paired with younger counterparts to show them the ropes,” says Davidson, who, as the longtime executive vice dean of the Mailman School of Public Health, created a mentoring program there. “Everybody needs help at first. They need to ask a more experienced person, ‘What is the best conference for me to attend? Should I go for another grant right now, or should I focus on publishing my next paper? What do I need to do to get promoted?’”

Bobbie Berkowitz, the dean of the School of Nursing, says the availability of the new funds will help her school compete for outstanding minority faculty candidates, whose value on the academic job market is often quite high.

“Most faculty at schools of nursing are not racial or ethnic minorities,” she says. “So the competition to recruit these individuals can be formidable. Now, having this money set aside for increasing faculty diversity, we’re going to be in an even better position to hire the best candidates.”


To read the University’s full announcement, visit news.columbia.edu/home/2722.

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