Empowering Future Leaders for an Inclusive Academy

Empowering Future Leaders for an Inclusive Academy is an initiative aimed at preparing graduate students and postdocs to be change agents in academia. We provide participants with the tools needed to plan a career of impactful change. Sponsored by the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) and the Graduate School's Office of Inclusion and Engagement (OIE)


Learning Community – Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom

5 sessions, Thursdays (2/20 – 3/26) | 11:30 – 12:45 PM | Morrill I N336 | Lunch Provided

In this Learning Community, we will meet weekly for discussions and activities based on the materials from the Cornell Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) "Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom". The MOOC focuses on how to create inclusive and welcoming courses to support student learning. We ask participants to commit to all 5 meetings.

Learn more and register for the Learning Community and Cornell MOOC here.


Mentoring Discussion: Teaching for Black Lives

Thursday, February 27 | 12:00 – 1:30PM | Furcolo Hall, Rm 101 

Passionate about teaching? Interested in learning about strategies for supporting racial, cultural and linguistic diversity in the classroom? Join us for lunch with Dyan Watson, Jesse Hagopian and Wayne Au, Editors of Teaching for Black Lives! This informal discussion will be an opportunity to discuss challenges, strategies and advice on how to create and support an inclusive classroom.  Co-Sponsored by the UMass Department of Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies

Register Here.


Incorporating Diversity into Academic Careers

Monday, March 2nd | 4:30 – 5:30PM | Goodell 528

Interested in an academic career? Want to learn ways in which you can incorporate diversity into your research and career goals? Join us for an informal conversation with Dr. Buju Dasgupta, Director of UMass Institute of Diversity Sciences. Learn about the current ways you can participate in activities at the Institute of Diversity Sciences to benefit your career as a future faculty.

Register Here.


Mentor Training for Graduate Students

March 18 – 20 | Details TBD

Interested in learning how to be a better mentor to your undergrads, or for a future faculty position? Join us for our Mentor Training for Graduate Students. The training focuses on a series of items for discussion – interesting case studies, sample compacts you might have with your students, etc. In a small group, you will discuss these materials with the help of trained facilitators. Not only will be help with your mentoring relationships with undergrads, but also with your current mentors.

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Effecting Change in Academia: Tips from AAAS Senior Advisor, Dr. Shirley Malcom

March 30 or 31 | Details TBD

Want to learn how to effect change in academia? Join us for an informal meeting with Dr. Shirley Malcom, Senior Advisor and director of SEA Change at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She works to support transformative change in teaching and learning, research and practice to improve the quality and increase access to education and careers in STEM fields. Dr. Malcom is the 2020 Annual UMass ADVANCE Lecture speaker. Sponsored by the UMass ADVANCE Program.

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