Alumni mentorship

Looking for a mentor? Over a dozen Heller alumni have volunteered to act as mentors to students or student working groups in a variety of areas, including mentorship specific to LGBTQ+ students, students of color, and students with disabilities. Contact Maria Madison to learn more.

The Power of Mentorship (VIDEO)

Miles Davis, dean of Shenandoah University's Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business, shares with AACSB Explores his experience with The PhD Project and how it encourages the growth of underrepresented doctoral business students and business educators.


Beginning in 2018, the school will be launching a series of semi structured events and community conversations to promote dialogue across our silos. The spirit of the conversations respects the Ghanaian (Twi) concept of remembering the past to prepare for the future. The series grew out of the idea that new members to the community bump into Heller’s Ford Hall history. The Sankofa community conversations are intended to provide an opportunity for frank intimate conversations. Sometimes the conversations will be in the form of panel discussions. Other times the conversations will be part of hosted lunches with small numbers of community representatives. We hope everyone will join in on this effort, eventually becoming change agents/bridges across our silos. 

Community Days

Following the spirit of Sankofa, Heller students identified the need to make community conversations more continuous. One Community Day that was an afternoon per year was insufficient. In that spirit we are beginning to brainstorm how to host a community day per month, organized by 2-3 working groups along with faculty and staff representatives. The theme would be Sankofa and Issues in Inequity. Groups determine the session and workshop topics and can range from issues of women’s issues, black themes, LGBTQ topics, Sin Fronteras, and barriers facing people with disabilities.    

Diversity Council

  • During the 4th quarter of 2017, representatives in the Heller community assessed diversity, equity, and inclusion data created to date. The goal has been to amass the evidence on what has been done, what remains to be done, and how to get the work done. The process includes presenting data on recruitment and retention of diverse students, faculty and staff. The process is simultaneously based upon principles of using evidence on institutional, structural, psychological and behavioral barriers to a diverse, equitable society that promotes universal senses of belonging. The process requires years. Toward that end, we are forming a Diversity Council that includes representatives from across the community, including alumni and researchers (with distinctly different needs from other professionals in the community). The Diversity Council members are change agents.    

  • During the 1st Quarter of 2018, we will initiate an annual Heller Climate Survey, collecting individuals’ thoughts and experiences within our community. This survey relies on full community participation to be successful. Success would be defined as not only a representational sample of experiences but also the extremes. 

  • By the  2nd Quarter of 2018, we will be highlighting and promoting interventions beyond cultural competency, the success of which rest on full participation. We will be creating ways to motive and or reward participation and contributions to participate in workshops and trainings.

Throughout this process we will continue to monitor and evaluate diversity, equity and sense of belonging across the institution, its structures and individuals.

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Maria Madison, Associate Dean for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity

Office: Heller-Schneider 119

Phone: 781-736-3886