October 12, 2018
Peter Vanable, dean of the Graduate School, today announced the appointment of Dawit Negussey as the Graduate Dean’s Faculty Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion. In this new role, Negussey will assume broader responsibility for promoting the Graduate School’s diversity and inclusion goals. His appointment is effective immediately.
Negussey is a professor of civil and environmental engineering and currently leads Syracuse’s GEM Fellowship Program and participation in The National GEM Consortium. The National GEM Consortium facilitates fellowships and industry internships to qualified underrepresented students looking to pursue master’s and doctoral degrees in applied science and engineering at GEM member institutions like Syracuse. Negussey will continue to oversee the University’s GEM Fellowship Program in his new role.
“The Graduate School is committed to enhancing our success in recruiting under-represented students to our graduate programs and to creating an inclusive environment for all members of our community,” says Vanable. “Dawit is a long-time advocate for improving diversity and inclusion in our graduate programs and is poised to make a big impact through this new role. I look forward to seeing all that we will accomplish under his leadership.”
As the Dean’s Faculty Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion, Negussey will undertake the following:
- Work to strengthen the Graduate School’s success in recruiting students from diverse backgrounds;
- Provide tangible support to current underrepresented graduate students;
- Identify and administer graduate fellowship and related funding initiatives to support the recruitment and retention of underrepresented graduate students; and
- Conduct training and outreach to departments within Syracuse University’s schools and colleges to support their graduate diversity and inclusion work.
“This is a meaningful opportunity to create positive change on our campus,” says Negussey. “I look forward to working closely with Peter Vanable and leaders within the schools and colleges to make a real difference to our graduate programs’ culture of diversity, inclusion, and equity.”