Announcing the Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Leslie Ashburn-Nardo, PhD, has been appointed professor of psychology and inaugural Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, effective September 1. An internationally recognized social psychologist with expertise in diversity science, Leslie will collaboratively lead DEI work across the Office of the Provost and academic and research operations. Partnering with Drexel's Chief Diversity Officer, colleges and schools and Provost's Office team, she will bolster DEI work related to the University's Strategic Plan, the commitments of the Anti-Racism Task Force report and other campus-wide efforts to build a diverse, equitable and welcoming campus community.
College of Nursing and Health Professions Dean Laura N. Gitlin to Step Down, Return to Research
After five years of successfully leading the College of Nursing and Health Professions, Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, will be stepping down as dean, effective January 31, 2023. Dean Gitlin, who is internationally recognized for her research in gerontology, has been a champion for the health and well-being of older adults, families and communities. With the pandemic dramatically underscoring the need for accessible, equitable and comprehensive health care, she has chosen to resume focusing full time on her research and advancing the science of care.
Announcing the Awardees of The Environmental Collaboratory’s Inaugural Research Grant
I am pleased to announce the awardees of The Environmental Collaboratory’s Inaugural Research Grant, promoting transdisciplinary research innovation through participatory climate and environmental problem solving. The funded projects demonstrate strong transdisciplinary and multi-college engagements with external partners, as well as community-centered approaches to solving environmental problems. All of the projects, briefly described below, will provide unique, experiential learning opportunities for students. They are also aimed at building community; fostering curricular and research innovation; and informing the ongoing, year-one implementation of The Environmental Collaboratory.