Director of the Research University Alliance
Colette Patt is the Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access in the Mathematical & Physical Sciences Division (MPS), at the University of California, Berkeley. As the MPS Division’s chief diversity officer, she generates, facilitates, and leads efforts across the division to increase diversity and achieve equitable outcomes at the undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and faculty levels. Her scholarly work focuses on academic life, identity, race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, disability in higher education, and institutional change. Dr. Patt received her BA in English and Women’s Studies in 1985, and her Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Studies in Education at UC Berkeley in 1995.
Programs supporting local Native American tribes
and Indigenous students pursuing STEM fields
UC Berkeley hosts two NSF AGEP programs, The California AGEP Alliance (CA Alliance AGEP), and the Research Universities Alliance AGEP (RUA AGEP), which partner with ten universities: UCB, UCLA, Stanford, Caltech, Univ of Washington, Univ of Texas at Austin, Univ of Michigan, Harvard, and the Georgia Institute of Technology. California AGEP and RUA AGEP will work with the Alliance to: 1) provide NA graduate students and postdocs with research and mentoring opportunities at ten universities in the RUA, including networking events, access to mentors, training materials, job announcements, and an online community-of-practice, and 2) disseminate state-of-the art knowledge to Alliance partners about equitable and inclusive educational and mentoring practices for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
University of Montana, Salish Kootenai College, Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College, Sitting Bull College – Willow Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (Willow AGEP) will share its model to advance NA faculty among Alliance partners. Willow will: 1) share its Indigenous Mentoring Program for Native STEM faculty through online modules, facilitator’s handbook, and workshops; 2) share the Willow Grant Writing and Management Guide for Native faculty in STEM; and 3) produce and share short-videos describing the Willow Alliance Model to enhance success of Native faculty in STEM.