Sixth Annual BCC Faculty day
The Committee on Instruction and Professional Development, with the support of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology and the Division of Academic and Student Success, invites all BCC faculty, staff and students to:
Sixth Annual BCC Faculty Day
Sharing Scholarship, Performance and Teaching
Friday, April 20, 2018
9:00 a.m, to 4:00 p.m.
Theme: Reflections on Diversity
"Sharing Scholarship, Teaching and Creative Works"
Dr. Arlene Torres
Director of the Chancellor’s Latino Faculty Initiative in Academic Affairs at CUNY, tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies at Hunter College and Vice-President/President-Elect of the Puerto Rican Studies Association
"I hope to bring administrative practice and scholarly fields of inquiry in the academy together to shed light on possible courses of action to strategically increase diversity and inclusion at CUNY. As harbingers of knowledge, we must solve complex social problems locally and on a global scale in contexts that reflect our the changing social and cultural landscape. The challenge put before us to engage one another in meaningful ways in the service of our students." Arlene Torres, Ph.D.
University Dean Arlene Torres is a professor in the discipline of anthropology and in the interdisciplinary fields of African-American and Latina/o Studies, and is a scholar of race and ethnicity. She has been involved in the American Anthropological Association’s national project on race, which includes a book on curriculum development for k-16 educators, a major website http://www.understandingrace.org and scholarly articles. Her scholarship has helped to contextualize her new professional role as a university administrator, one that takes into account the relationship between the practice of diversity, inclusion and compliance. By modeling effective practices, she argues we have the power to change mindsets and the structure of the academy.
Dean Torres is currently the Principal Investigator and Director of the CUNY Mellon Faculty Diversity Career Enhancement Initiative, an exciting four-year initiative that will work in conjunction with the four Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow serving institutions at CUNY to increase diversity, equity and inclusion. As a mentor, she coordinated and directed the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program at Hunter College. She also served as the Director of the Chancellor’s Latino Faculty Initiative in Academic Affairs in the Central Administration at CUNY. She is on leave from her position as an Associate Professor in the Department of Africana, Puerto Rican/Latino Studies at Hunter College.
As University Dean of Recruitment and Diversity, she is working with a host of partners in support of CUNY’s mission. She works with The Chancellor’s Faculty Diversity Working Group, the University Advisory Council on Diversity and the Strategic Framework Knowledge Creation Team to advance diversity, equity and inclusion.
Torres is past President of the Puerto Rican Studies Association (2014-2016) and and former President of the Association of Latina and Latino Anthropological Association, a division of the American Anthropological Association. She received her Ph.D. and master’s degrees in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she served as head of the Department of Latina and Latino Studies as an administrator and member of the faculty.
Dean Torres has also held post-doctoral fellowships at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and the Museum of American History at Smithsonian Institution. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology at Colgate University and believes in the transformative possibilities of an education in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. She works on several University-wide and community organizations to support the educational advancement of underrepresented communities in higher education.
She serves on the Mission Effectiveness Committee of the Cornelia Connelly Center, a vibrant middle school for girls on the lower east side of New York City, whose mission is to support young girls in their academic pursuits. Dr. Arlene Torres is the parent of adult twins who share her love for the arts and programs to support social uplift.