Dasgupta Leading Faculty Equity and Inclusion Efforts in CNS

Nilanjana Dasgupta

Nilanjana (Buju) Dasgupta, professor of psychological and brain sciences, is leading diversity efforts in the College of Natural Sciences as its new director of faculty equity and inclusion.

Her research, which focuses on beliefs and attitudes toward social groups, helps explain why women leave STEM fields, and, just as important, how institutions may reverse this phenomenon, according to Dasgupta. Her work has been supported by several grants from the National Science Foundation, including the NSF CAREER award, and the National Institutes of Health.

In her new role, Dasgupta is working with faculty and develops policies and programs that can be implemented college-wide to increase diversity in the hiring, retention, success and satisfaction of faculty from underrepresented groups. She is also leading research and assessment of needs in CNS regarding underrepresented faculty, as well as programs designed to address those needs. She also represents CNS to the chancellor’s faculty advisor for diversity and equity and plays an active role in CNS leadership.

She can be contacted at 545-0049 or dasgupta@psych.umass.edu.