Visiting Research Assistant Professor Marcela Gomez has recently accepted nomination to participate in the IMPACT (Institutional Mentoring Program Across a CommuniTy of Color) program. The program pairs diverse faculty members in the early years of their appointment with more experienced faculty members across the University with the goal to develop meaningful relationships between mentor and mentee. To build upon the aspect of diversity, mentors and mentees are often from different areas of study. This allows for the building of inter-disciplinary relationships to form.  

Deans of each school within the University were asked to nominate faculty members to participate in the program who were in their first three years at the University. The program includes monthly meetings where groups of four or five junior level faculty members meet with one senior faculty member.  

Gomez spoke on her excitement about the program stating, “I think the IMPACT program is a wonderful initiative to promote and strengthen diversity at Pitt. As mentee in this program, I think this will be a great opportunity to learn from and connect with more experienced faculty who can guide us through Pitt’s academic environment. Focusing on faculty who come from diverse places, who hold diverse ways of thinking, and who specialize in diverse areas can show us how we can form bonds that go beyond disciplines, thus strengthening our Pitt community.” 

 The program kicked off on October 29th with a celebration about diversity inclusion across campus. At the luncheon kickoff event, Provost Ann E. Cudd introduced the program together with Associate Vice Provost for Faculty, Doris Rubio, and Vice Provost for Faculty Development, Laurie E. Kirsch. At the event, keynote speaker, Kathy E. Humphrey who serves as the Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement and Secretary of the Board of Trustees at Pitt, gave a speech highlighting her personal networking experiences in which she emphasized the importance of networking in terms of career success.

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