Ohio University in Athens has launched the Multicultural Junior Faculty Mentoring Program that will assign new junior faculty members from underrepresented groups a senior faculty member who will serve as a mentor.
The new program is run by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, directed by Shari Clarke, the vice provost for diversity and inclusion. Clarke came to Ohio University in 2014 after serving as vice president for multicultural affairs at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Clarke has a doctorate in educational leadership and higher education from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Alicia Chavira-Prado, the special assistant to Dr. Clarke, stated that “our Multicultural Junior Faculty Mentoring Program is a way to provide one-on-one support for the particular challenges that new faculty members face. We want to connect our new faculty members with faculty and staff members who can be resources to them and optimize their faculty experience.”