Established by Dean Tricia Serio, this program is designed to foster leadership and professional development in faculty and graduate students and to promote initiatives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Each of the fellows was selected to work with one of the CNS Associate Deans on projects within their respective offices.

Steven Petsch, an Associate Professor in the Earth, Geographic, and Climate Sciences department, will be working with Elizabeth Connor, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education. Dr. Petsch’s work as a CNS Leadership Fellow will focus on enhancing recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in STEM disciplines, especially within undergraduate majors related to sustainability and environmental justice.

Rebecca Ready, a Professor in the Psychological and Brain Sciences department, will be working with Karen Helfer, Associate Dean for Graduate, Postdoctoral, and Faculty Development. Dr. Ready’s project will be to develop initiatives to improve success in recruiting and retaining BIPOC graduate students.

Michael Lu-Diaz, a Ph.D. student in Chemistry, also was selected to be a CNS Leadership Fellow. Michael will work with Associate Dean Karen Helfer on programming associated with mentorship training and community-building among graduate students.