Focus Areas

The President's Advisory Council on Race has identified four key focus areas for their university-wide assessment and recommendations: Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention (faculty & staff); Recruitment and Retention (students); Curriculum and Teaching; and Community.

Using this structure, the President's Advisory Council on Race members are working in four subgroups to address each focus area in detail. 

Thematic Structure

Organizational Structure of Focus Areas. Under the heading of the President's Advisory Council on Race, there are four categories: recruitment, hiring, and retention (faculty and staff), recruitment and retention (students), curriculum and teaching, and community. Under recruitment, hiring, and retention (faculty and staff), the priorities are mentoring and collaboration, landscapes of opportunities, research and scholarship, promotion and tenure. Under recruitment and retention (students), the priorities are mentoring and collaboration and landscapes of opportunity. Under curriculum and teaching, the priorities are curricula, programs, UB curriculum, inclusive pedagogy, and instructor/advisory evaluations. Under community, the priorities are engagement (research, education, service), community relations, and programs. Embedded in each focus area is social justice and university culture.


Faculty and Staff Recruitment, Hiring and Retention:
Mark Alnutt
Luis Colón
Margarita Dubocovich
Raechele Pope

Student Recruitment, Admissions, Retention and Graduation:
Margarita Dubocovich
Lee Melvin
Sharon Mitchell
Jonathan Anguiano

Curriculum and Teaching:
Ndubueze Mbah

Ellen Grant
Dante Hayes
Dexter Johnson
Tolu Odunsi


Subgroup members are taking the following approach to guide their work:

  1. Review and analyze the applicable data.
  2. Use the data to identify and explain the problem/areas for improvement.
  3. Identify and review best practices in the focus area.
  4. Determine benchmarks for the thematic area, positioning them relative to other AAU public research universities.
  5. Develop recommendations on how UB can achieve these benchmarks.
  6. Share recommendations with the President and Provost.