Rutgers GSE CMSI

Levon T. Esters

Senior Research Associate (by courtesy)

Levon T. Esters is the inaugural Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Faculty Affairs at Purdue University. He is also a Professor in the Department Agricultural Sciences Education and Communication. Levon also serves as Director of the Mentoring@Purdue (M@P) program, which is designed to increase the representation of students from marginalized and minoritized backgrounds receiving advanced post-secondary STEM-based agricultural and life sciences degrees in Purdue’s College of Agriculture. Levon is a nationally recognized scholar on mentoring, equity, and diversity in the STEM-based agricultural and life sciences disciplines. Levon’s research focuses on issues of educational equity and access of marginalized and minoritized students with a concentration on the mentoring needs of Black graduate students; STEM career development of students attending Historically Black Land-grant Colleges and Universities; and educational and professional mobility and development of Black graduate students and faculty. Levon is among a few Black scholars in the United States conducting research in these areas, and has been able to serve as a role model for Black graduate students who are committed to broadening participation of marginalized and minoritized students in the Ag+STEM disciplines.