Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity

The Inaugural Faculty Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity works with the Office of Academic Affairs on:

  • Programming related to issues of DEI at QCC and CUNY
  • Making recommendations related to developing curricula that are inclusive and anti-racist, and that reflect the rich cultural and socioeconomic heterogeneity of our student population
  • Serving as a mentor to junior faculty of color
  • Ensuring that issues of diversity, equity, and inclusivity are addressed in the Office of Academic Affairs and in the programs and courses it offers.

Curriculum Support in DEI

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A campus-wide task force collaborated to curate discipline-specific best practices in antiracist pedagogy focusing on truth, voice, and representation in arts & humanities, STEM, and social sciences. The guidelines include resources and suggestions for evaluating teaching, along with definitions of terms relevant to antiracist pedagogy. Through the guidelines, the college has now defined for itself what pedagogy means at the institution.

The guide serves as a tool for our campus as we examine more modern, culturally relevant approaches to pedagogy in the pursuit of excellence in teaching. Members of the task force will serve as liaisons in their respective disciplines to help guide and support colleagues and departments interested in implementing any of the suggested strategies.

As we continue to develop these guidelines, we hope to provide more opportunities for faculty and staff to learn more strategies and find more resources for implementation.  

Antiracist Curriculum Guidelines

Programs/Lectures in DEI

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The Thriving in Academia lecture series supports junior faculty members as they navigate the roadmap of academe at QCC through targeted lectures and mini workshops. The conversations in the series center the voices of experts in their fields, who are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color). The lectures focus on academic, personal, and professional goals and provide tools and advice focusing on the unique experiences of faculty of color, as they progress toward tenure and promotion. The lectures in the series were recorded in Fall 2021, Spring 2021, and Spring 2022.

The goal of the series is to focus on the retention, recruitment, and satisfaction of underrepresented members of our community by presenting opportunities for growth, support, and mentoring.

Thriving in Academia is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs

The series is now available in symposium format here:

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FaculTEA Program Workshop with Dr. Leslie Wang

Leslie Wang

"Write More by Finding The Deeper Purpose Of Your Work" 

Too often, we focus only on the “how” and “what” of writing. There’s no doubt that writing tools and time management strategies are useful. However, if we want to avoid burning out while teaching and working on our own long-term projects, we must reconnect with our deeper sense of purpose and tap into more intrinsic sources of motivation. This workshop gives scholars at all career stages exercises and strategies to propel them forward in their research and writing. This 75-minute workshop is appropriate for both article writers and book writers.

Dr. Leslie Wang is a writing coach and the creator of Your Words Unleashed, a signature coaching program that helps scholars master their writing habits. She helps authors from diverse disciplines draw wisdom from their own histories, overcome imposter syndrome, and make decisions grounded in their core values so they can write with joy and purpose. She is a twicepublished scholarly author and certified life coach. Her coaching brings together an intimate understanding of academic writing, scholarly publishing, and the context of higher education. Until 2022, Leslie was an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. To learn more about Leslie and her work, check out her website or listen to her podcast.

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The Faculty Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity in the Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to offer this FaculTEA program to all faculty members. Faculty who are considering publishing books or articles are especially encouraged to attend. Registration is required. For more information, please contact Dr. Smith ksmith@qcc.cuny.edu or visit the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity website.

Mentoring and Faculty Development in DEI

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

The Office of Academic Affairs is proud to announce our membership in the National Center for Faculty Diversity and Development (NCFDD). This membership is made possible by a CUNY OAA mini-grant and with support of our president, Dr. Christine Mangino, who matched the funds. We especially hope that this membership will be of additional support to mid-career faculty seeking promotion.

Queensborough is the first community college to become a member of NCFDD.

Find out more about NCFDD


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Kerri-Ann M. Smith, Ed.D., Associate Professor in the Department of English, is Queensborough’s Inaugural Faculty Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. A founding member of the Black Faculty and Staff Association, Dr. Smith served on the Faculty Diversity Committee and the CUNY Diversity Incubator. Dr. Smith often features in local media and was a recipient of Caribbean Life’s 40 Under 40 Award. She is a contributor to Teaching Race in Perilous Times (SUNY Press 2021), which highlights and confronts the challenges of teaching race in the United States. (Teaching from the Tap: Confronting Hegemony and Systemic Oppression through Reflection and Analysis by Kerri-Ann M. Smith and Paul M. Buckley)

Contact me or schedule a meeting during my virtual drop-in hours (Tuesdays, 12-2pm):


718 631-6344 | 718 281-5218

Schedule a Meeting with Dr. Smith

Campus Cultural Centers

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Kupferberg Holocaust Center Opens in a new window

The KHC uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

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QPAC: Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

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QCC Art Gallery

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.