CU-Boulder Joins National Leadership Alliance
The University of Colorado at Boulder has become the 29th member of the Leadership Alliance, the premiere coalition of the nation’s top research and teaching institutions seeking to increase the numbers of traditionally underrepresented students in graduate study.
“CU-Boulder has a long-term commitment to diversity,” says Chancellor Richard L. Byyny. “Throughout the 1990s we ranked 16th in the nation for producing minority doctoral students and since then our efforts to recruit graduate students have intensified even more.”
Byyny noted that the graduate school has a strong record of managing diversity programs and has established an infrastructure that supports diversity efforts across all academic departments. The National Science Foundation recently awarded the graduate school a $2.5 million grant in recognition and support of the school’s long-term commitment to diversity and its track record for producing minority doctoral students.
“The Leadership Alliance seeks to provide a framework where committed institutions of higher education come together to exchange ideas, plans and models to address the continuing shortage of graduate students, Ph.D. candidates and tenure-track faculty of color in academia,” says Dr. James H. Wyche, executive director of the Alliance and associate provost at Brown University. “We believe that the University of Colorado at Boulder not only shares the commitment of our institutional members, but also as a working member of the Alliance, will assist us in working toward the goal of fair representation in the academy for all students.”
Some of the programs offered by the Alliance include a Summer Research Early Identification program, which is a centralized effort to place minority students in summer research programs at member institutions, a Minority International Research Training program and a program that promotes faculty exchanges with other Alliance faculty.
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