CC, Middlebury and Williams share $4.7 million diversity grant


Connecticut College, Middlebury and Williams will share a $4.7 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to increase faculty diversity at all three colleges.

The three-year project, known as the “Creating Connections Consortium,” or C3, will provide a model for other colleges and universities nationally.

The grant will help Connecticut College build on its already successful initiatives for faculty diversity. The College has increased diversity from 16 percent in 2008 to more than 24 percent in 2012. 

“We are very proud of the results our efforts have achieved to date on our own campus, and are delighted to be part of this new consortium that will assist other colleges as they seek to build a more diverse faculty,” said Roger Brooks, dean of the faculty at Connecticut College.

C3 will accelerate recruitment of students from historically underrepresented backgrounds into faculty positions. They include first-generation college students or students who have succeeded despite societal, economic or academic challenges.

An as yet undesignated fourth institution will join the consortium in the second year of the project.

Working with the 23 colleges represented by the Liberal Arts Diversity Organization, C3 will formalize a reciprocal relationship between those institutions, Columbia University and the University of California, Berkeley. Colombia and Berkeley will provide assistance with research and assessment.

C3’s strategies will include networking, postdoctoral fellowships, undergraduate internships at Columbia and Berkeley, faculty exchanges and detailed assessment.

More about C3’s strategies.