The Multicultural Scholars Collaborative (MSC) is a network of collaborative efforts among BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) faculty to support graduate and undergraduate students of color, thereby alleviating individual strain on faculty while filling the void of support on campus. The goals of the collaborative will be refined by members, but may include:
1) Scholarship: Provide support and resources for the intellectual efforts of BIPOC scholars, promote career advancement, increase interdisciplinary and inter-group collaboration (i.e., across ethnic groups), increase visibility of BIPOC excellence in research. Actions: writing retreats, grant workshops, spotlights on member research.
2) Collective effort toward anti-racism: Pool collective resources and expertise on equity, diversity, and anti-racism to share within the network and with the campus community; support in balancing anti-racism work with other academic responsibilities; advocacy for the value of these activities to disrupt implicit expectations that BIPOC faculty will, or ought to, engage in this labor without renumeration.
3) Mentorship: Support junior scholars interested in entering the research or academic pipeline; shared supports across network members to show collective support rather than reliance on traditional, top-down models of mentorship (faculty to grad student to undergrad).
4) Support: Increase opportunities for BIPOC scholars to diminish the sense of isolation (i.e., “I’m the only one”) and to otherwise support the sense of belonging and value to UWM, with the aim to attract and retain BIPOC scholars.
For more information about The MSC, contact: Jacqueline Nguyen (firstname.lastname@example.org) | Jason Puskar (email@example.com)