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2024 Multicultural Academic Council (MAC) Mentoring Program Keynote

February 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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Speaker: Dr. Kimberly Griffin, Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Maryland

Date: Friday, February 29
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30 pm (Grab & Go Box Lunch Available at 11:30am)
Location: Stocking Hall 148  

Registration Link: https://cornell.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1A3vBBwuPxoSmH4

Summary Session:

While we know mentoring relationships are powerful interventions and a key strategy for promoting equity in the academy, we also know that these relationships often fall short of fulfilling their potential, particularly for early career colleagues with marginalized and minoritized identities. We will talk about what gets in our way of leveraging the power of mentorship to close equity gaps in the academy, and I will offer a framework for thinking about identity in the context of our relationships. We will also talk about promising practices and strategies that can enhance our ability to form mentoring relationships grounded in equity, affirmation, and care.

About the Speaker: 

Dr. Kimberly Griffin is Dean of the College of Education and a Professor in the Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy Program (Student Affairs Area of Specialization). Dr. Griffin earned her doctoral degree in Higher Education and Organizational Change from UCLA, her Master’s degree in Education Policy and Leadership at the University of Maryland, and her Bachelors degree from Stanford University in Psychology. 

Prior to completing her doctoral work, Dr. Griffin worked in higher education administration, primarily focusing in the areas of diversity recruitment, admissions, and retention in undergraduate and graduate education. Dr. Griffin’s research interests are primarily focused in three areas: diversity and equity in graduate education and the professoriate; diversity within the Black higher education community; and mentoring and career development. These interests have led her to conduct work on a variety of topics, including: career development of Ph.D. completers in science, Black professors and their engagement in student interaction, the experiences of Black immigrant college students, diversity recruitment in graduate education, and campus racial climate.

Dr. Griffin is skilled in advanced quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as the integration of these strategies in mixed methods research. Dr. Griffin is an active scholar and researcher, engaged widely in efforts to promote diversity and equity in higher education. Her research has been funded by the Burroughs Welcome Fund, National Institutes of Health, and National Science Foundation. Her work has been published widely, and has appeared in the Review of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, and Journal of Negro Education. Dr. Griffin’s work also contributes to national conversations on equity and inclusion, and she has collaborated and consulted with the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, National Academies, American Council on Education, and the Council of Graduate Schools to discuss extant research and new initiatives. She served as editor of the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education from 2018-2022.

Questions? Contact grad_assoc_dean@cornell.edu 

Multicultural Academic Council, Graduate School Offices of Inclusion and Student Engagement, and Future Faculty and Academic Careers, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion.


February 29
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Careers - Academic, Diversity & Inclusion, Graduate Student Life
Focus Area
Navigate Academia
Transferable Skills
Balance & Resilience, Community Engagement
Graduate Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement


148 Stocking Hall
411 Tower Rd
Ithaca, NY 14853
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