Initiatives

Research Mentoring Initiative

The PCCDI in conjunction with the Office of the President is sponsoring a summer research and mentoring projects for underrepresented racial or ethnic or first generation students to address the following recommendations from the A-TEAM Closing the Graduation Gap report at Millersville University:

  • Generate substantial resources for African American and Latina/o student need based scholarships and research opportunities.
  • Develop a core group of faculty to serve as advocates and mentors for African American and Latina/o students.

This collaborative initiative provides research and mentoring workshops that prepare faculty, staff, and administrators to support underrepresented racial or ethnic or first generation undergraduate students as they complete a five-week summer research project. Simultaneously, students involved in this initiative engage in self-advocacy as mentees and professional development as student researchers.

Application Procedures

Proposals for the President’s Commission on Cultural Diversity & Inclusion (PCCDI) Research & Mentoring Initiative (RMI) will be accepted once a year in the Fall semester. The proposal and signed Participant Agreement must be submitted to the PCCDI RMI Subcommittee electronically using the following email cdi.commission@millersville.edu. You will receive a confirmation email upon successful submission of your proposal and Participant Agreement within 24 hours.

Student research participants will be drawn from each of the colleges at Millersville University based upon the feasibility of the research project and a successful interview. If there are not enough applicants from each college, it is at the PCCDI RMI Subcommittee’s discretion to equally distribute and accept additional students from a particular college. The total capacity for this research and mentoring initiative is 15 students per academic year.

Notification of acceptance will be sent via email to the student researcher and research mentor.

All inquiries and applications should be directed to the PCCDI RMI Subcommittee via email at cdi.commission@millersville.edu.

Guidelines for Research Mentors and Mentees (pdf)

Application (docx)