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The first Vice Provost for Diversity Pre-doctoral and Post MFA In-Residence Fellows, from left, Quan Tran, Melissa Huerta, Amanda Almond, and LaToya Eaves. (Photo by Peter Morenus)

The first Vice Provost for Diversity Pre-doctoral and Post MFA In-Residence Fellows, from left, Quan Tran, Melissa Huerta, Amanda Almond, and LaToya Eaves. (Photo by Peter Morenus)

A diverse student body – in terms of gender, race, language, and nationality – makes a university campus a vibrant, intellectually stimulating place. But the presence of a diverse team of faculty and staff is just as important, says vice provost for diversity Jeffrey Ogbar.

The Vice Provost for Diversity Pre-doctoral and Post-MFA In-Residence Fellowships, offered at UConn for the first time this semester through the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity, are designed to make a significant contribution toward this goal. Four young scholars from other universities have been welcomed to campus for the 2013-2014 academic year, as they complete work on their dissertations.

The four and their home schools are Amanda Almond, University of Rhode Island; LaToya Eaves, Florida International University; Melissa Huerta, University of Illinois at Chicago; and Quan Tran, Yale University.

Ogbar says the program is modeled on similar programs with proven track records and evidence of success at leading universities including Dartmouth, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Virginia, and Notre Dame.

He says having Diversity Fellows on campus is beneficial to all concerned. While writing their dissertations and planning courses they will teach in the spring semester, the Ph.D. candidates will also form lasting professional relationships within the institutes and academic departments where they are housed. By the same token, they will enrich UConn’s graduate and undergraduate communities by sharing their individual experiences and the results of their various research initiatives.

Read more at UConn Today

By: Sheila Foran


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