Rackham Minority Serving Institutions Coffee Chat Series

The coffee chat series will serve as a space for scholars and practitioners to share ideas, best practices, and other resources related to R1 and Minority Serving Institutions relationships and mechanisms of support for students that transition from MSIs into R1 for graduate and professional education. The series will highlight examples from U-M, exemplars from across the country, and scholars and practitioners that explore and implement practices that foster positive experiences and outcomes for students from MSIs.

This series is primarily intended for faculty and staff that have existing relationships with MSIs, or for those who do not but are interested in forming relationships, as well as graduate students who have interest in this topic.

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Dina Stroud, Executive Director, Fisk Vanderbilt M.S.-to-Ph.D. Bridge Program and Research Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University

Session Overview:

This talk will provide an overview of the Fisk-Vanderbilt Master's to Ph.D. Bridge Program (FVBP) Model for inclusive graduate education. Further, Dina Myers Stroud will present findings from a study conducted as part of the Fisk-Vanderbilt LSAMP Regional Center of Excellence in Broadening Participation to understand what FVBP activities students report as contributing to their success. This session will be of particular interest to those looking to build on their mentoring practices and develop activities to foster a sense of community. 

Presenter Bio:

Dina Myers Stroud serves as faculty at both Fisk and Vanderbilt University. As the executive director of the Fisk-Vanderbilt Master’s to Ph.D. Bridge Program (FVBP) since 2012, Stroud strives to advocate for and mentor students from underrepresented and underserved groups into and through STEM Ph.D. programs. In 2018, Stroud began serving as the director of the LSAMP Regional Center of Excellence in Broadening Participation. There she directs educational research centered on the FVBP, in collaboration with the Peabody School of Education at Vanderbilt and the American Institutes for Research. Trained as a development biologist, Stroud did postdoctoral work in cardiovascular research at UCLA, NYU and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is also a certified national research mentoring network mentor training facilitator and was part of the original team behind the development of mentor-mentee supportive technology known as MyNRMN. 

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