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Mellon Foundation

Pathways to a Diverse Faculty

A new grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will help UC Merced further diversify its community of graduate students and faculty, beginning with the humanities and humanistic social sciences.

The grant will support six humanities doctoral students and one peer mentor in the campus’s Competitive Edge Summer Bridge program for the next four years. UC Merced began the program in 2015 to assist new graduate students — many of whom are first-generation and/or underrepresented minorities — in making strong transitions to their doctoral programs and, ultimately, help to cultivate a diverse professoriate.

The grant will also fund five new humanities and humanistic social sciences faculty members per year to attend a two-week orientation before the start of the fall semester. They will be selected based on their likely contributions to diversity efforts.

Another element of the project involves developing and leading intensive grant writing workshops for untenured faculty members and providing them mentorship from senior faculty.

UROC-H Program

In 2016, UC Merced was awarded a significant grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to expand the representation of Latino/a and other underrepresented minority students in Ph.D. programs and, ultimately, the professoriate.

The grant funded the Undergraduate Research in the Humanities program (UROC-H). The goal of UROC-H is to create a legacy of community-engaged scholars and to expand pathways for undergraduates in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.

With the UROC-H training program, UC Merced prepares underrepresented UC Merced students for doctoral studies in the UC system and for successful careers in the professoriate through:

  • Research experiences with faculty
  • Mentoring by UC Merced faculty and graduate students
  • Seminars and workshops to develop successful applications
  • GRE preparation
  • A series of visits to sister UC campuses to meet with faculty and graduate students and participate in joint research symposiums 

Read more about UROC-H here