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CMSI Partners with Roosevelt University to Foster Mentorship Among STEM Faculty


Natalie Passov | | 848-932-0728 

New Brunswick, NJ, April 24, 2024—The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) has partnered with Roosevelt University (RU) – a Hispanic Serving Institution – to develop a mentor matching program and design a mentor training program for STEM faculty.

CMSI will help RU PRIME match new faculty hires with existing faculty who are interested in extramural funding. Supported by a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, RU PRIME – Producing Research and Innovation through a Mentoring Ecosystem – is an educational access project that will create new student pathways to increase diversity in students completing baccalaureate and advanced STEM degrees, and entering the workforce. 

RU PRIME will redefine what access means for diverse STEM students in higher education and the workforce through creating support for students and faculty alike. “Mentorship is vital for any faculty – but it’s especially crucial for STEM faculty at MSIs given inequities in resources,” said Marybeth Gasman, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair in Education and CMSI Executive Director. “We’re thrilled to be a part of this important work.”

CMSI will work with RU PRIME to design a mentor training protocol and create research clusters for STEM faculty. RU will use a cluster hiring model to expand their STEM programming and faculty. Cluster hiring is particularly important for faculty of color to build community and avoid isolation.

“Roosevelt University, as an HSI, has a strong track record of preparing underrepresented students for STEM careers” shared Mike Maly, Interim Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs at RU. “Through the PRIME grant, we are very excited to partner with CMSI as we expand student academic pathways, diverse faculty hiring and support, and integrated supports for both undergraduate and graduate students.”

As part of the RU PRIME initiative, the following faculty positions at Roosevelt University are available: 

About the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions

The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) brings together researchers and practitioners from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions. CMSI’s goals include: elevating the educational contributions of MSIs; ensuring that they are a part of national conversations; bringing awareness to the vital role MSIs play in the nation’s economic development; increasing the rigorous scholarship of MSIs; connecting MSIs’ academic and administrative leadership to promote reform initiatives; and strengthening efforts to close educational achievement gaps among disadvantaged communities. The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions is part of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity and Justice (Proctor Institute) at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. For more information about CMSI, please visit

About Roosevelt University

Roosevelt University is a private nonprofit institution founded in 1945 on the principles of social and racial justice. The University continues to champion diversity, inclusion and access through experiential learning that transcends the classroom. Roosevelt University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs online and at two campus locations – Downtown Chicago and suburban Schaumburg. Intercollegiate athletics relaunched at Roosevelt in 2009 and now the Lakers boast more than 20 athletics and performing arts teams. Students who attend the University will become socially conscious leaders who thrive in a changing world. Learn more at

Wednesday, April 24, 2024
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