Ithaca College Diversity Scholars Program

History and Background of the Program

The Ithaca College Dissertation Diversity Fellowship Program was initially created in 2010 in the School of Humanities and Sciences to increase the racial diversity of Ithaca College faculty and, in so doing, bring fresh perspectives to the college’s curriculum and the learning experiences offered to students. Having served as a successful model for recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, the program, now in its eighth year, has welcomed 21 fellows to campus.

During the one-year term of the diversity fellowship program, fellows teach one course per semester, participate in one forum per semester related to their research and dissertation projects, and work to complete their dissertations. As a particularly important aspect of the fellowship, all of the diversity fellows create their own course, adding to the richness of the learning experience offered in the departments hosting fellows. More generally the program offers support that is often critical for graduate students from racially diverse backgrounds to move forward in the completion of their degrees and the enhancement of their careers.

The Program for 2019-20 and Beyond

For the 2019-2020 academic year, we have chosen four diversity scholars through a very competitive national search process in accordance with standard college procedures for all faculty searches: Natasha Bharj, Psychology Department, Stephan Lefebvre, Economics Department, Jonathan Osborne, Writing Department and Gloria Poveda-Toriche, Education Department

For information about the Diversity Scholars, please contact Dr. Belisa Gonzalez, Director for Diversity and Faculty Development for the School of Humanities and Sciences (

2018-19 Dissertation Diversity Fellowship Scholars
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