Funded DTA Projects

Building Partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Graduate Faculty Diversity Ambassador Program

PI: Shawn Donkin, professor and assistant dean, College of Agriculture


This program will create a dynamic two-way exchange network between faculty in the College of Agriculture and select Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). More than 200 faculty “Diversity Ambassadors” will create new connections, enhance diversity cultures, and enable a more creative science. This not only will expand research capacity at both institutions, but also will break down perceived barriers at each institution around cross-training, transferring, and recruiting the best and brightest graduate students.

Team members: Theresa Casey, research assistant professor, Animal Sciences; Jenna Rickus, professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering; Kevin Solomon, assistant professor, ABE; Margaret Gitau, associate professor, ABE; Humaira Gowher, assistant professor, Biochemistry; Orla Hart, clinical assistant professor, Biochemistry; Myron McClure, assistant director, Office of Multicultural Programs, Agriculture; Kola Ajuwon, associate professor, Animal Sciences.

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