Pathways to the Professoriate in the Arts and Humanities


A cross-divisional initiative to prepare graduate students in the Arts and Humanities from historically underrepresented groups to go on to the professoriate.

Pathways to the Professoriate in the Arts and Humanities provides students from UC Santa Cruz and our regional partner Hispanic Serving Institution, CSU Monterey Bay, with faculty mentorship, summer research experiences, and professional development workshops at key points leading up to, and in their graduate careers. Funded by the University of California-Hispanic Serving Institutions Doctoral Diversity Initiative (UC-HSI DDI), this initiative is designed to serve approximately 70 students over 5 years, increasing the pathways to MFA/Ph.D. completion for graduate and undergraduate students in the Arts and Humanities, aligning with existing support structures on campus to maximize their impact across the Arts and Humanities divisions, and establishing strong connections with our regional partner HSI campus. Pathways is led by Dr. Jasmine Alinder, Dean of the Humanities, and Dr. Celine Parreñas Shimizu, Dean of the Division of Arts, and administered by the Arts Research Institute and The Humanities Institute.

  • Support for students in the Pathways cohort to join the GANAS Doctoral Summer Bridge Program. The GANAS Doctoral Summer Bridge Program aims to prepare incoming Latinx, POC, first-gen, and low-income background students by providing a week-long program focused on best practices, campus resources, and student strategies to be utilized during their time with UCSC.
  • Summer Research Fellowships for first and second year UC Santa Cruz graduate students in the Pathways cohort. Five Humanities PhD students who are fellows in THI’s Graduate Student Success (GSS) Program and five Arts students who are part of the Strategic Planning Partners (SPP) professional development program receive $5000 fellowships each to support their research during the summer.
  • Expanded Summer Introduction to Undergraduate Research Program (SIURP) for Arts and Humanities students. An opportunity for UC Santa Cruz MFA/Ph.D. students to participate in enhanced mentoring and paid summer research through the Pathways program, working with a select group of CSU Monterey Bay Arts and Humanities undergraduate students in SIURP.
  • An Equity Speaker Series for invited guests from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to share their experiences navigating the academic terrain in higher education with Pathways participants and other faculty, staff, and students.