Collaborative Research: Scaling Faculty Development to Broaden Participation in Graduate Education

By Julie Pousselt, PI, USC, Casey W. Miller, PI, RIT

Despite a growing body of research about racial equity in graduate education, most faculty are not expected or given opportunities to engage with it. More and more faculty and graduate programs express commitments to racial equity and diversity, and want to contribute to cultural change, but few have knowledge, skill, or support to realize these goals. Systemic and cultural change are never simple, but they are feasible with evidence, relevant tools, change management strategies and supportive colleagues.
By piloting, studying, and refining a community-driven, multi-campus model that links institutional change and faculty development, C-CIDE (California Consortium for Inclusive Doctoral Education) created a path to normalizing practices that more equitably select and serve talented students from the country’s emerging majority.

C-CIDE is scaling-up nationally (under the new name Equity in Graduate Education Consortium) and is being replicated in England as the Yorkshire Consortium for Equity in Doctoral Education (YCEDE).

The project formed a network that provided faculty and graduate school administrators within and across the University of Southern California and University of California campuses at Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara with opportunity and incentives to critically reflect upon and change longstanding practices. Participating STEM PhD programs received professional development from project leaders in the form of workshops and continuous learning activities on recruiting, admitting, and mentoring graduate students from diverse backgrounds.


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