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SREB Scholars at IUPUI

The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) states and the entire US have increasingly diverse populations, and college enrollments are starting to reflect this trend. More than 1/4 of US college students are people of color. Unfortunately, the national's diversity is not reflected in higher education faculties. At predominantly white colleges and universities, only about 1 in 30 faculty members is a person of color. The numbers are only slightly better at predominantly minority-serving institutions.

The SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program was established in 1993 to address the shortage of minority faculty members and increase their numbers in the 16-state SREB region. The program continues today as a partnership of SREB states, other regional education organizations, and federal and philanthropic programs working to strengthen graduate education for racial/ethnic minority students and guide talented persons in to college and university teaching. The program is also the lead host of the Compact for Faculty Diversity Institute on Teaching and Mentoring.

Every participant in the SREB-State Doctoral Scholars Program attends the Compact for Faculty Diversity's Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, the nation's largest annual gathering of minority Ph.D. scholars. At the institute, every scholar learns from and connects with national experts who share success strategies for completing the Ph.D.; developing research, teaching, and mentoring skills; securing faculty positions; and progressing in academia. This institute is offered to institutionally designated Ph.D. students by invitation only.

IUPUI has hosted new SREB Doctoral Scholars for this institute since 2009, and is committed to sponsoring each scholar for three years. As Indiana is not a participating state, IUPUI serves as a participating member. Participating IUPUI Schools fund a certain number of Ph.D. students as SREB scholars. In 2011, these IUPUI Schools/Offices included:

  • IU School of Informatics
  • IU School of Nursing
  • IU School of Medicine
  • IU School of Social Work
  • IUPUI Office of Finance and Administration
  • IUPUI Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Purdue School of Engineering and Technology
  • Purdue School of Science

SREB Scholar Eligibility Criteria

IUPUI SREB Scholars (from 2009-2011)

Halima Al-Khattab
Crystal Boston-Clay
Dana Cheatem
Christine Fontanilla
Amia Foston
Amin Hagyousif
Kristen Hosey
Carla Mangum
Laverne Melón
Muithi Mwanthi (Dissertation Scholar)
Luis Palacio (Dissertation Scholar)
Esther Smith-Howell
Janice Vinson

IUPUI SREB Scholar Graduates

Elijah Ayieta
Bachelor of Education Science (Egerton University, Kenya)
MS in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics (Miami University Ohio)
Ph.D. in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics (IUPUI)
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Jackson State University Mississippi
elijah.o.ayieta@jsums.edu

Sharron Crowder
BSN (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences)
MSN in Child Health Nursing (Emory University)
Ph.D. in Clinical Nursing Science (IUPUI)
sjcrowde@iupui.edu

Tabitha Hardy
MS in Biology (Jackson State University)
Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology (IUPUI)
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Biology, University of Alabama-Birmingham
tabhardy@uab.edu

Michael Oloapa
Associates in Business of Life Sciences (Indiana University)
BA in Biology (Berea College)
Ph.D. in Medical & Molecular Genetics (IUPUI)
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Herman B. Wells Center for Pediatric Research, IUPUI
molaopa@iupui.edu

Ukamaka Oruche
BSN (IU, 1995)
MSN (IU, 1999)
Ph.D. in Clinical Nursing Science (IUPUI, 2011)
Department: Indiana University School of Nursing
Current position: 4th year pre-doctoral fellow
uoruche@iupui.edu

Harold Owens (ABD Scholar)
Bachelors in computer science and mathematics (McMurry University)
Master's degree in computer science (University of North Texas)
PhD in computer science (IUPUI)
owensh@cs.iupui.edu

Joanna Walker
Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology (IUPUI)
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcer at Dr. Richard Longnecker, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
joanna-walker@northwestern.edu