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Garrett-Evangelical Among the First Selected for FTE’s Institutional Doctoral Network

May 20, 2015

The Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) has selected Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary to participate in the first cohort of FTE’s Institutional Doctoral Network. Cohort members will join a learning community that explores how theological schools and doctoral programs may create institutional conditions where scholars and graduate students of color can thrive.

Participating schools and programs in the Institutional Doctoral Network receive a number of exciting and unique benefits. Along with joining a peer group of institutional leaders with a shared commitment to cultivating scholars of color, Garrett-Evangelical’s PhD students and faculty of color will receive complimentary membership and enjoy full access to the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity’s (NCFDD) online mentoring and resources. The NCFDD provides coaching, mentoring and capacity building for students and faculty of color through online webinars and learning tools. Additionally, Garrett-Evangelical and the other participating institutions will have opportunities to design and submit proposals for mini-grants up to $10,000 to seed experimental initiatives that build their institutional capacity for recruiting, supporting, mentoring and hiring scholars of color.

“Garrett-Evangelical’s selection to participate in FTE’s Institutional Doctoral Network affirms the seminary’s long standing commitment to diversity and offering support to our faculty and students of color,” said Dr. Luis Rivera, Garrett-Evangelical vice president for academic affairs and academic dean. “Through FTE’s Institutional Doctoral Network, Garrett-Evangelical will have access to opportunities, support, and resources to review critically and enhance the seminary’s current efforts, and to imagine and make needed changes to increase its institutional capacity to work more effectively toward the goal of cultivating the conditions for the seminary’s PhD students and faculty of color to flourish.”

Garrett-Evangelical joins Boston University School of Theology, Claremont School of Theology, Chicago Theological Seminary, and Wake Forest Divinity School in this first cohort of FTE’s Institutional Doctoral Network. Schools were selected by a committee of organizational leaders and academic executives with attention to five criteria: capacity to engage in institutional learning; demonstration of candor and institutional self awareness; clear articulation of needs; strong, sustained commitment to cultivating scholars of color; and potential to contribute to cohort learning.

The Forum for Theological Exploration is a leadership incubator committed to cultivating diverse young adults to be faithful, wise and courageous leaders for the church and the academy. FTE provides resources and a forum for young adults and students to explore their purpose and call to pastoral ministry and teaching. For more information, visit