Established in 2018 through an Advancing Faculty Diversity grant from the UC Office of the President, the Faculty Commons Project supports collaborative faculty research and programming, with community building and faculty retention as explicit aims. Five research-based working groups form an intellectual cohort that engages in research, reciprocal mentorship, and advocacy.
For the 2022-2024 grant renewal, the project establishes a sixth working group on Queer and Trans Studies and the Dreaming Retention Think Tank. The faculty think tank will develop 1) critical analysis of prevailing institutional paradigms and frameworks related to campus climate, infrastructural inequities (esp. in relation to the UC research and teaching mission) and retention processes; and 2) working solutions that reframe anecdotal, individualized experiences with inequity and unsupportive/toxic institutional climate as institutional problems that require sustainable, creative solutions.
For administrative inquiries, contact Co-PI Katharine Henshaw (951)827-1555