Attendees of the Preparing Future Faculty Conference

Preparing Future Faculty Conference for Graduate Students of Color

A conference attendee presenting their research

Who Am I and How Do I Fit In? Recognizing and Acknowledging our Worth in Transforming Higher Education

The Preparing Future Faculty Conference, held annually at NIU, brings together graduate students of color from universities across the state. The 2022 conference will be held virtually on Saturday, Feb. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Preparing future faculty is a national movement focused on transforming the way aspiring faculty are being prepared for their careers. The NIU program is unique in its focus on students of color, designed to create a pipeline to increase faculty diversity within the state and nation.

Faculty presenters at the conference inform, encourage and inspire graduate students of color to consider the professoriate as a career path.

The conference has been in operation since 2015 and has drawn support from the Illinois Board of Higher Education. It is considered an essential conference for graduate students across the state, especially recipients of the Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Fellowship.

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Faculty Mentoring Program
Division of Academic Affairs
Altgeld Hall, Room 214
DeKalb, IL 60115


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