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Broadening Participation… The Role of Underrepresented and Underserved Students and Faculty Roosevelt Y. Johnson, Ph.D. Program Director Division of Research.

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1 Broadening Participation… The Role of Underrepresented and Underserved Students and Faculty Roosevelt Y. Johnson, Ph.D. Program Director Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings National Science Foundation June 6, 2011

2 Overview Students and Faculty: –What do you need to know? –What do you need to do? Critical Issues –Context –Recruitment & Admissions –Retention & Advancement –Mentoring –Career Preparation Personal Thoughts

3 Context The Importance of Measuring Diversity –Institutional Commitment –Departmental/Faculty Commitment The Importance of Knowing Where to Find the Information You Need –People and Reports The Importance of Being Proactive –Leadership, Advocacy, and Self-Defense –Evaluating Opportunity

4 Recruitment & Admissions How does the department strategically recruit students? Are student visits funded? How are admission/selection decisions made? How are financial aid decisions made? How are financial aid packages developed?

5 Retention & Advancement What is the infrastructure for academic advising? How is student progress monitored? What support services are available to students? What is the departmental track record w/ respect to R&A? –Is this department a Roach Motel?

6 Mentoring How are departments and faculty evaluated in terms of fostering diversity and inclusion? What programs/services are designed to promote inclusion and advancement? Does the department conduct climate studies, exit interviews, etc.? Do students AND faculty receive mentoring training? What is done to promote a sense of community in the department?

7 Career Preparation Critical Skills Writing for scientific journals Formal presentations Grant writing/management Teaching/learning Career counseling Research lab management Academic citizenship (culture and politics)

8 Additional Thoughts Are faculty getting the orientation THEY need to succeed? Are faculty prepared to anticipate, recognize, and maximize opportunities for students? Do faculty know what a student needs to succeed? –Can you provide it? If not, do you know who can?

9 Personal Thoughts Students MUST recognize their role in becoming successful professionals. –Life is the end game. Faculty MUST recognize their responsibility to prepare students to be colleagues. –This is the closest you will come to achieving immortality. We MUST all promote leadership, excellence, and inclusion.

10 More Information Evaluation resources related to diversity and inclusion: –www.nsfagep.orgwww.nsfagep.org Additional opinions and unsolicited advice about diversity and inclusion:


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