Office for Diversity and Inclusion Affiliates Program
The establishment of the ODI Faculty Affiliates Program provides infrastructure to and resources toward creating a sustainable capacity-building model for diversity, equity, and inclusion across academic colleges/schools and campuses at UConn. ODI Faculty Affiliates provide additional support within and across units to “advocate for access and equity, to welcome and celebrate the experiences of historically marginalized individuals and groups and to transform climate to build a more welcome and inclusive community” (ODI Mission Statement).
ODI Faculty Affiliates are positioned to serve as a resource and platform for innovation and transformation at a local level, with support (both in terms of resources and training) from the University at-large. ODI Faculty Affiliates represent various disciplinary areas and campuses: STEM, Professional Preparation Programs, Social Sciences (Arts & Humanities), regional campuses, and UConn Health.
Each ODI Faculty Affiliate collaborates to support ODI’s efforts in at least one of five strategic domains: 1) graduate student support and development; 2) faculty and staff support and development; 3) ODI and unit-level strategy and operations related to DEI; 4) community outreach, engagement, and advocacy; and 5) research and policy.
ODI Faculty Affiliates make a time commitment of approximately 5 hours a week throughout the academic year of their appointment. With that time, they contribute to ODI initiatives in one or two of the strategic domains assigned as well as other projects of interest to the affiliates and ODI (e.g. leadership trainings). ODI Faculty Affiliates also attend monthly team meetings and professional development sessions.
ODI offers its Faculty Affiliates one-course buy-out and/or $5,000 in professional development funds. In addition, they receive support from ODI graduate assistants and are providing a modest budget for specific initiatives.
Assistant Professor in Residence in Biomedical Engineering & Executive Associate Director of the Vergnano Institute for Inclusion
Sociology & Africana Studies
David G. Embrick
Associate Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies & Director of Sustainable Global Cities Initiatives