Faculty Impact

The Faculty Fellows program identified 14 faculty of all ranks and varied disciplines who committed to sustained participation in community learning and engagement on topics related to race, racism, and racial inequalities, with a particular focus on Black experiences in the United States.

The following faculty were selected to be part of the inaugural class:

Christine Crockett, Visiting Assistant Professor of Literature and Director of the Center for Writing and Public Discourse

Project: Focuses on applying research and expertise in inclusive and anti-racist pedagogy to explore alternative models of assignments and assessment, with the goal of creating equitable labor and grading practices.

Stacey Doan, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Berger Institute

Project: Develops modules on race and racism that can be implemented into Introduction to Psychology courses, with the goal to create a toolkit that other faculty can use as they teach the course.

Gastón Espinosa, Arthur V. Stoughton Professor of Religious Studies

Project: Implements internal workshops to build and expand capacity within faculty and serve as a consultant on cross-cultural understanding, with the goal to expand the internal resources within the College.

Jennifer Feitosa, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of METRICS Lab

Project: Applies research and expertise in assessing the effectiveness of diversity initiatives to develop tools for CMC to track its progress, with the goal to build capacity for measuring progress and ensuring accountability.

Jeffrey Flory, Associate Professor of Economics

Project: Focuses on applying research in assessing the impact of diversity and inclusion efforts in the corporate world to academia, CMC specifically, with the goal to use the equity index as a framework to analyze performance data.

Laura Grant, Assistant Professor of Economics

Project: Create a guide for students who would like to work with external grassroots organizations and engage with communities that are generally underserved. The focus will be on Native American/ Indigenous communities and will have structure that is transferable to other communities, as well.

Chloe Martinez, Lecturer of Religious Studies and Program Coordinator of the Center for Writing and Public Discourse

Project: A multipart proposal with coursework, speakers, workshops, and a summer experience or conference dedicated to writing against racism, with the goal to promote creative opportunities that focus on its impacts.

Bhaven Mistry, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Assistant Director of the Murty Sunak Quantitative and Computing Lab

Project: A dual focus on providing tools for faculty who want to learn how to create more inclusive classroom concepts in quantitative courses and to develop pre- orientation programming that can support college transition and readiness of the expectations of college-level quantitative courses.

Jeho Park, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Director of the Murty Sunak Quantitative and Computing Lab

Project: Provide support to create internal workshops on algorithmic bias, with the goal to educate the community about how bias exists in areas that may externally appear obvious and how bias leads to inequitable outcomes.

Jessamyn Schaller, Associate Professor of Economics

Project: Develop modules on race and racism that can be incorporated into Economics 50, with the goal to have adaptable modules that can be used as a resource for any faculty assigned to teach the course.

Diana Selig, Kingsley Croul Associate Professor of History and George R. Roberts Fellow

Project: Support the creation of internal workshops, consultant services on inclusive pedagogy, and the incorporation of anti-racism theories and practices in the classroom, with the goal to increase capacity to do this work and follow best practices.

Aseema Sinha, Wagener Family Professor of Comparative Politics and George R. Roberts Fellow

Project: Support community-learning sessions that build capacity to do anti-racist work among students, faculty, and staff, with the goal to allow community thinking in alignment with The Initiative and CMC’s Open Academy.

Derik Smith, Associate Professor of Literature

Project: Build a stronger partnership between CMC and the Reintegration Academy, which is committed to supporting individuals who are transitioning out of incarceration and working to provide mentorship and resources to deter recidivism. The goal is to work against the impact of the school-to-prison pipeline and inequities in incarceration.

Sharda Umanath, Associate Professor of Psychology

Project: Develop a program to assist students in their efforts to acclimate to college expectations, with the goal to remove barriers to academic success and facilitate a smoother transition to the curriculum.

Course Development Grants

CMC also launched the following funded grants for the development and revision of courses geared towards anti-racism and the Black experience in America.

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Christine Crockett, Visiting Assistant Professor of Literature and Director of the Center for Writing and Public Discourse

Megan Gallagher, Professor of Literature and Assistant Director of the Center for Writing and Public Discourse

Sue Layden, Senior Associate Dean of Students for Student Success

Supports the development of a new course centered on how to write from a strength-based approach. This centers the validity of the student’s own authorial voice and educates the transitional value of their prior experiences to the academic setting.

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Jeffrey Flory, Associate Professor of Economics

Supports the addition of a new unit to Developmental Economics that will embed and address issues of racism into the curriculum, particularly in topics like poverty and inequality. The two-to-three week unit will help students explore how racism factors into these issues.

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Tomoe Kanaya, Associate Professor of Psychology

Supports the creation of a new unit in Child Development and Educational Policy that will focus on racial disparities in education, specifically in Black and Latinx communities.

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Frederick Lynch, Associate Professor of Government

Supports revisions and updates to Government 105 and Government 113 that will enable students to study the impact of COVID-19 on communities of color, along with structural vulnerabilities that Black and Latinx people experience as they navigate the health care system.

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Jamel Velji, Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Supports revision of a Freshman Humanities Seminar course and will contribute to anti-racism teaching at CMC. The proposal’s objectives are to deepen and expand the course’s existing coverage of race and its impact on the culture and industry of coffee. The course will also generate conversations about global Black experiences, identity, and power.