Dr. Jaclyn E. Cañas-Carrell
Texas Tech receives grant to foster equity in faculty
By: Hannah Isom
Texas Tech was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE program.
Tech’s ADVANCE project, “Advancing Equity through Systemic Strategies to Improve Leadership, Departmental Collegiately, and Data Transparency at Texas Tech University”, addresses gender, race and ethnicity issues that prohibit faculty success at the institution, according to a release from the Office of Research and Innovation.
The grant is designed to foster equity by identifying and removing organizational barriers women and underrepresented minorities in faculty may face, according to the release.
Tech identified three challenges to equity, which are dissatisfaction with department chair leadership, the lack of organized infrastructure and professional development opportunities for faculty and dissatisfaction with STEM department's department collegiality, according to the release.
The proposed solutions to these challenges are to develop leadership in department chairs using intersectional approaches, establish organizational infrastructure and professional development opportunities and enhancing data infrastructure and operating policies that supports equity, data-driven decision making and accountability.
The grant team is comprised of PI Stephanie J. Jones, and Co-PIs Kay Tindle, Kay Millerick, Jaclyn Canas-Carrell, and Michael Galyean.
Tech Plains Bridges to Baccalaureate receives award for STEM efforts
By: Kamryn Mendoza
Staff Writer Aug 25, 2020
Texas Tech’s Plains Bridges to Baccalaureate (PBB) Program recently received an award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine known as the 2020 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award.
Programs across the country receive this award in recognition of their hard work and advocacy for students in STEM fields who are underrepresented, according to a Tech news release.
Jaclyn E. Cañas-Carell, PBB program director and a Professor of analytical toxicology and environmental chemistry said the program is honored to receive the award, according to the news release. Cañas -Carrell and the program look forward to continuing to work with students who are underrepresented from the South Plains College and bring diversity to STEM.
The PBB was created in 2008 through a partnership between South Plains College and Tech for STEM students to help with the transition from a community college to a university, according to the news release. The National Institute of General Medical Sciences within the National Institutes of Health funds the PBB through a $1.2 million grant.
With 118 program participants, Cañas-Carrell said 93 percent of them have transferred to Tech, according to the news release.
Carol Summer, vice president of the Tech Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and chief diversity officer said, the faculty who lead the program dedicate their lives to the students involved in the program, according to the news release.