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Faculty of color often experience many barriers to maximizing their success at predominantly white colleges and universities, such as isolation, lack of sense belonging, and biased systems and structures (Turner, Gonzalez, & Wood, 2008). The Office for the Vice Provost for Faculty values a diverse faculty where all faculty have the support necessary to thrive and feel they belong. To address this, we created the Inclusive Faculty Mentoring Network, a program that centers the experiences and needs of faculty members of color.

What is Network Mentoring?

Network mentoring is a nontraditional approach to mentoring that encourages faculty to seek and identify multiple mentors to establish their own network of support. These networks can include a variety of mentors from within and outside our institution, and across different stages of career development. Having multiple mentors can provide faculty members with support for their multiple professional and personal needs.

About the Program

The program aims to foster an inclusive and supportive environment where faculty members can thrive professionally and personally while building their own mentoring network. The program will consist of monthly cohort meetings and will run from August - May. Two parallel programs will run, each with up to 10 faculty members. One program will meet in-person on the Medford/Somerville Campus and be for faculty from the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Museum of Fine Arts, Tisch College, and the Fletcher School. A second cohort, co-sponsored by the TUSM Office of Educational Affairs, is designed for faculty who work in the Health Sciences Schools, including TUSM, TUSDM, Friedman School of Nutrition, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, GSBS, and HNRCA. This program will meet remotely. All participants of the program will receive up to $1,000 to use for career developments and expanding their mentoring network.


To be eligible for this program, participants must have a Tufts faculty appointment. Each cohort will have space for up to 10 faculty members.



(All meetings are on the Medford/Somerville campus from 2:30-4:00)

Health Sciences

(All meetings are remote from 4:00-5:30)

September 9 September 23
October 7 October 21
November 4 November 18
December 9 December 16
January 13 January 27
February 10 February 24
March 10 March 24
April 14 April 28
May 5 May 19


If you would like to participate in this program, please complete the appropriate application by June 7, 2024

Medford/Somerville/SMFA Application

Health Sciences Application

For more information, please contact Ryan Rideau at (