State University of New York Aims to Diversify Its Faculty

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The State University of New York announced the second class of 72 full-time faculty hires as a part of the recruitment and retention program to increase diversity on SUNY campuses. Now in its second year, Promoting Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion and Growth (PRODiG ) has led to the hiring of 149 faculty on 31 campuses of the State University of New York System. The campus’ PRODiG plan to increase faculty diversity has resulted in 41 percent of all new faculty hires being from underrepresented groups. Through PRODiG, SUNY is creating a more robust pipeline for graduate students interested in academic careers. SUNY provides financial support to campuses to support new faculty hires, and PRODiG faculty members receive support from SUNY and their campuses through webinars, mentoring, and grants to support their success and continued advancement. Today, only 4 percent of the faculty members in the state system are Black. “While SUNY’s students more broadly represent the diversity of New York State and a cross-section of our nation and the world, we acknowledge the need and importance to have a more diverse faculty,” said SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras. “By creating a pipeline and backing it with dedicated support, our PRODiG program...

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