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Diversity & Climate

Diversity Fellows Program Launched

UWM’s new Diversity Fellows Program is welcoming its first group of fellows to campus this summer. Led by Associate Vice Chancellor Michael Powell, this faculty pipeline program focuses on building relationships with graduate students from underrepresented groups from universities throughout the nation.

The Diversity Fellows Program targets graduate-student organizations/ associations, institutions with significant underrepresented graduate-student populations and underrepresented terminal-degree students prior to their graduation by providing opportunities for interaction with our faculty.

Fellows will teach one class at UWM during our summer session and receive a $6,000 stipend and university housing during their six week stay. This provides the fellows with invaluable teaching experience and gives UWM faculty the chance to observe the fellows and assess their suitability for potential employment at UWM.

At the very least, as a result of the Diversity Fellows Program, UWM is a more viable option for the fellows and, in the best case scenario, we can facilitate a seamless transition from their doctoralstudent status to UWM tenure-track faculty member.

This spring, UWM received over 80 applications for the six available Diversity Fellows slots. We received applications from around the nation, from institutions including Stanford, Columbia, University of Texas, NYU, University of Chicago and Vanderbilt University. Fellows were awarded in the following fields: sociology, communities and cultures, engineering, history, comparative literature and social work.

In addition to interacting with our faculty, the fellows will have weekly discussion sessions with university faculty/administrators and attend some of Milwaukee’s many sporting and cultural events to familiarize them with the city. Providing the fellows with the opportunity to become more familiar with UWM and explore the many options Milwaukee has to offer is a primary goal of the Diversity Fellows Program.

For the future, we are looking to strengthen our ties with Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic-Serving Institutions to identify and build relationships with their respective graduate and terminal-degree students and develop a Diversity Postdoctoral Program.

Summer 2009 Diversity Fellows

Sierra Adare-Tasiwoopa ápi: A recipient of the Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship, Adare- Tasiwoopa ápi is a published author who is also a member of Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers, a pan-Indigenous association seeking to ensure that the voices of Indigenous and Hispanic peoples in the Americas are heard throughout the world. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from SUNY Empire State College, an M.A. in Indigenous Nations Studies from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University at Buffalo.

Kim Gallon: A doctoral candidate in American History, Gallon specializes in gender and sexuality in African-American history. The recipient of several prestigious fellowships, including the Fontaine Fellowship and the Alice Paul Women’s Studies Research Fellowship, Gallon recently presented her paper, “Women of the Unusual Type: Female Heterosexuality and Homosexuality in the Black Press,” at the 2009 Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting. She holds a B.A. in English from Rutgers University, an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Drexel University, an M.A. in American History from the University of Pennsylvania, and expects to receive her Ph.D. in American History from the University of Pennsylvania in August 2009.

Tamarah Moss-Knight: A doctoral candidate in Social Work, Moss-Knight specializes in reproductive and sexual health, including pregnant adolescents, immigrant families, health communication and health services research. She is a participant in Howard University’s renowned Frederick Douglas Doctoral Scholars Program and is the recipient of the Charles Moody Research Scholar Fellowship. A published author, Moss-Knight holds a B.S. in Biopsychology from the University of Michigan and two master’s degrees (M.S.W. and M.P.H.) from the University of Michigan.

Christopher Rivera: A recipient of the Southern Regional Education Board Dissertation Fellowship, Rivera is a doctoral candidate in both Comparative Literature and Women’s and Gender Studies. An outstanding scholar, he has also received several awards for exceptional teaching. Rivera earned a B.A. in Spanish Education, cum laude, from the University of Delaware, an M.A. in Hispanic Literature from Indiana University, and expects to complete his Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University in August 2009.

Larisse Voufo: A doctoral candidate in Computer Science, Voufo specializes in quantum computing, programming languages and algorithms. She has worked on the groundbreaking QABALAH Project at the Institute for Scientific Interchange Foundation in Torino, Italy. Voufo holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Binghamton University, an M.S. in Computer Science from Indiana University, and will complete her Ph.D. in Computer Science at Indiana University in May 2010.


The above information is from the May, 2009 UWM Report: "From the Provost" column, written by Rita Cheng, Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UW-Milwaukee