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South Dakota Mines EMPOWER

Empowering faculty to ADVANCE in their careers in a supportive campus climate

EMPOWER adapts three successful models from funded NSF Initiatives shown to improve campus climate for all faculty members at all levels of their careers, including research scientists, lecturers and tenure line faculty. With active participation from the administration, EMPOWER is also working on multiple policy updates with one main avenue of focus to provide more transparency.

EMPOWER Initiatives

Peer Mentoring Circles

Peer mentoring is a proven mechanism for faculty members to share ideas and concerns, develop skills, and create support mechanisms with people in your peer group. It also provides an opportunity to develop networking across departments and campus groups. For more information on Peer Mentoring Circles and to register for Fall 2022 visit: Peer Mentoring Circles


Mutual Mentoring – Coming Fall 2022

Mutual Mentoring (MM) is a network-based mentoring model developed at UMass as a component of their Advance program. The model emphasizes five key attributes: diversification of mentoring partnerships, accommodation of personal preferences, specialization, cross generational benefits, and empowerment. View the Mutual Mentoring Guide (PDF)

Initial mutual mentoring grants will be offered based on the following priorities:
• Developing paths to advancement across all levels
• Creating support networks across traditional campus boundaries
• Developing partnerships for excellence in teaching and research 


Advocates and Allies – Coming Fall 2022

The Advocates and Allies developed at North Dakota State University program has been successfully implemented at over 25 institutions nationally. For more information, visit Advocates and Allies program.



NSF LogoThe EMPOWER Project is supported by NSF Grant #2121601, "Advance Adaptation: Empower through Inclusivity - Pathways to Success"

For more information, visit research.gov, project #2121601



The intent of the project is to empower Mines faculty and research staff by shifting from a culture of attrition to a culture of development and engaging the majority populations of faculty at Mines to increase awareness of implicit biases, promote pathways to success for all faculty, improve campus culture and climate, and help fulfill the university’s Mission, Vison, and Values

For general questions regarding:


EMPOWER
Dr. Lisa Kunza,
Principal Investigator
Dr. Lance Roberts,
Provost; Co-PI
Dr. Andrea Surovek,
Director – OFDA; Co-PI
Dr. Laurie Anderson,
Co-PI
Dr. Elizabeth Racz
Senior Personnel
Dr. Roger Nielson,
Senior Personnel


Mentoring Programs
Dr. Andrea Surovek,
Director – OFDA


Advocates & Allies
Dr. Dan Dolan,

Professor Emeritus
Jesse Herrera,
Director – Center for Inclusion