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Faculty Initiatives

Faculty Women of Color Quarterly Brunch

The goal of this initiative is to increase the professional and social connections between and among junior and senior faculty women of color and provide a supportive venue to discuss their professional experiences. This brunch happens each quarter. 

Faculty of Color Dinner with the Provost   

Annually, underrepresented faculty of color are invited to a dinner with the Provost. This program was created to provide faculty of color an opportunity to meet with the Provost in a space that affords fellowship and the opportunity for dialogue.

Provost’s Working Group on Faculty Search and Recruitment

In collaboration with administrators in the Office of the Provost, this group is composed of six faculty members that are committed to developing expertise in search and recruitment practices that foster faculty diversity. The primary objectives include identifying and cultivating a diverse set of prospective applicants for faculty positions within their respective units and developing model programs and practices to increase the success of recruitment and retention efforts.

Tenure-Track Faculty Men of Color Lunch   

During the fall and spring quarters, the Deputy Provost for Research and Minority Issues extends an invitation to all tenure-track, underrepresented men of color to convene for an informal lunch. This provides an opportunity to establish connections with other males in similar stages of their careers and discuss questions, challenges, success strategies, etc.

Consulting and Advising

Confidential consultations and advisement are available for faculty, staff, students and other University affiliates. Our services cover a wide range of topics, including managing difficult situations with colleagues and students, building and sustaining practices of inclusivity in the classroom, and enhancing diversity recruitment efforts. We are available to all divisions on campus to advise and help guide the process of developing a comprehensive diversity plan, unique to your unit. We also advise faculty on strategies for successfully obtaining tenure, navigating University systems, securing grant funding, determining publishing options, negotiating salary and benefits, and relationships to cultivate.

Workshops and Presentations

Customized presentations and workshops are developed on topics such as mentorship, professional development of diverse faculty, effective strategies and best practices for search committees, diversity awareness, and cultural competency. We are available to conduct presentations across the University to increase awareness around diversity and inclusion, broadly defined as well as specific topics of focus such as the engagement of a diverse student body in the classroom and the recruitment, retention, and advancement of diverse faculty. 

Retention/Community Building Programs

We coordinate efforts that afford community members opportunities to establish meaningful connections with others across campus and senior University leaders. The primary goal of these programs is to increase professional and social interactions and provide a supportive venue to discuss topics of interest and concern.   

Research and Data Analyses

The Office of the Provost has access to various databases and regularly conducts analyses related to underrepresented populations. We also research leading faculty of color at peer institutions, best practices related to recruitment and retention, and other topics related to campus climate, student engagement, etc. 

Resource Materials

There are a range of resource materials available through the office.  Documents such as a recruitment brochure for prospective faculty of color, a diversity initiatives inventory that catalogues efforts across campus, and a promising practices document that provides best practices for the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, are all examples of resources we provide. We also welcome your ideas regarding future resources to create that will assist with your diversity efforts. 

Conference Attendance Funding

On an individual basis (or sometimes for small groups), financial support is provided to assist faculty with expenses associated with conference attendance


Graduate Student Initiatives

Discover UChicago

In collaboration with Graduate Admissions, Discover UChicago affords talented students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds an expense-paid opportunity to explore graduate education. This weekend includes graduate admissions workshops, research presentations by world-renowned faculty, and informal socials.

Student Diversity Recruitment Task Force

The Office of Graduate Diversity Recruitment sponsors a task force that is composed of college and graduate students from across the campus community who are interested in diversity at UChicago. The goal of this task force is to assist with the development of strategies that encourage students from underrepresented backgrounds to apply to and attend UChicago.

UChicago Weekend

In collaboration with Graduate Admissions, UChicago Weekend provides an opportunity to introduce admitted students (primarily underrepresented minorities) to current students and faculty, and to help them envision their lives as UChicago graduate or professional students. 


Undergraduate Student Initiatives

Cox-Just Prize

The Cox-Just Prize is a $500 annual award presented to the undergraduate whose senior thesis is recommended for departmental honors, best exemplifying the aspirations and achievements of Oliver Cromwell Cox and Ernest Everett Just, graduates of the Division of Social Sciences and the Division of Biological Sciences, respectively. Successful nominees typically have a thesis that focuses on issues of diversity and inequality and/or a personal background that includes overcoming disadvantage and adversity.

Emerging Minds Project

Emerging Minds Project (EMP) is a sustained dialogue group that engages students in meaningful and challenging conversations about social justice, identity and diversity. Covering a range of topics, from race and religion to ability status and social class – each cohort discuses all of the “isms” while learning how to be culturally competent leaders.

Leadership Alliance

Leadership Alliance is a consortium of 32 institutes of higher education whose goal is to develop underrepresented students into leaders for academia, business, and the public sector.  Leadership Alliance provides summer research opportunities for undergraduates that are trained, mentored and integrated into ongoing research programs. Their research will culminate in an oral or poster presentation at the Alliance’s national symposium. 

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Summer Program

The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program is an initiative created to increase diversity in the faculty ranks of colleges and universities. The primary goals include:  (1) identifying, supporting and mentoring highly qualified undergraduates and encouraging these students to pursue a Ph.D. in fields where diversity has not been historically present and (2) increasing the number of faculty from underrepresented groups at colleges and universities throughout the country and abroad to bring a wider range of experiences and perspectives to teaching and scholarship.

Men of Color Forum

Quarterly, this Forum is sponsored to provide an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to dialogue around topics impacting men of color at the University of Chicago in a safe space. Each forum affords students access to create community with their peers and meet faculty and staff men of color from across the institution.

No Barriers

Sponsored by College Admissions, No Barriers is a comprehensive plan to increase access to college. The program includes application fee waivers, grants which do no need to be repaid (no loans are involved), and opportunities support students with internship and career advising. 


Postdoc Initiatives

Provost's Postdoctoral Fellows Program

The Provost's Postdoctoral Fellows Program awards four 2-year* postdoctoral scholarships to promising junior scholars in all fields. Successful candidates are selected on the basis of academic achievement, scholarly promise, potential to add to the diversity of the University community, and the likelihood that the individual may become a qualified and competitive candidate for a faculty position at the University of Chicago upon the completion of the Scholarship.  In addition to pursuing their research, scholars teach one quarter-long course in their field for each year in which they hold a postdoctoral scholarship.


*The University of Chicago's Division of the Physical Sciences offers a slightly modified version of this program known as the Provost's Fellows Program, which features a three-year appointment. The proposal process is identical to that of the Provost's Postdoctoral Fellows Program.