Minority Academic Advancement Achievements of 2017
Posted On: Friday, July 07, 2017
Renee Lucas, Intern DIO
Committee on Equal Opportunity and Diversity, Minority Academic Advancement
The Minority Academic Advancement Committee (MAAC) had a productive academic year. With co-chairs José Lemos and Steve Stowe, the committee had a few accomplishments that benefited the UMass community. The group hosted the Grant Peer Review K and R Workshop to benefit minority and junior faculty. The event attracted over 100 participants including some from outside higher education institutions like WPI. The committee participated in the FDSP Review, welcome reception for new URM faculty, and continued their role as an advisory group. A SACNAS chapter was started this year by Dr. Teresita Padilla and UMMS students. SACNAS stands for Society for the Achievement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science. The organization is dedicated to promoting the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists in advancing careers and positions of leadership in STEM. Some of the committee’s goals for the upcoming year are to recruit additional URM faculty that can participate and lead the MAAC, work towards a more inclusive work environment, and to continue efforts to provide more supportive strategies for the recruitment and retention of URM students and staff.