The UCI School of Education awarded Assistant Professor Brandy Gatlin-Nash and Professor Rossella Santagata Faculty Mentorship Awards for Inclusive Excellence. The award recognizes selected faculty for their mentorship and their significant impact in supporting the success of underrepresented minorities (URM) in the School’s academic programs and research mission.
“Brandy and Rossella are fantastic mentors and colleagues,” said Professor Elizbeth Peña, associate dean of faculty development and diversity. “They exemplify what it is to be a mentor-- working with both undergraduate and graduate students to support their growth and intellectual curiosity. For students from URM backgrounds and first-generation students who may not have the generational knowledge, Brandy and Rossella work to make what is often a hidden curriculum less obscure. I am thrilled that their efforts are being recognized.”
“I am honored to be recognized by the School for something that I love to do and feel so passionate about,” Gatlin-Nash said. “So many students from underrepresented minority backgrounds have the talent and vigor to conduct research and pursue graduate studies; however, they often just don’t know where to start in the process and may not have family members or friends who can provide resources for them. I’m happy to give the brilliant students I work with the experience, knowledge, and mentorship that they might need in order to take the next steps in their academic careers.”
To date, the project has also involved four School of Education doctoral students and more than 100 UCI undergraduate interns as research assistants and co-facilitators of educational activities.
“I am honored and humbled to receive this award,” Santagata said. “The truth is that every student and faculty of color I have worked with have enriched immensely my understanding of inequities that permeate U.S. education institutions. This award is dedicated to them, to their passion, and relentless persistence to fight for a more just society.”
About the Faculty Mentorship Award for Inclusive Excellence
Established in 2019, the UCI School of Education Faculty Mentorship Award for Inclusive Excellence honors the contributions of faculty in both the formal and informal work of mentorship that promotes an inclusive climate by advancing students’ academic pursuits and promoting their identities as education researchers and scholars.