The Latina Researchers Network was founded in 2012 in response to the underrepresentation of historically disadvantaged populations with advanced degrees. The Network was established to create a multidisciplinary and vibrant supportive community that can ensure the next generation of investigators has access to role models, allies and networking opportunities to succeed in academia and research activities.
Toward this effort, we provide professional development opportunities that:
- Explore challenges in successful academic faculty achievement and socio-cultural influences of success among faculty of color and other under-represented scholars,
- Increase exposure of advanced research careers in the academy to the next generation of investigators and provide examples of excellence in scholarship,
- Highlight how researchers from under-represented groups approach groundbreaking and innovative research related to vulnerable populations,
- Showcase the work of leading Latina researchers and other activist scholars and how their research influences social policy,
- Improve recruitment and retention of underrepresented faculty and students in academia and research careers, and
- Build a supportive multidisciplinary community of diverse scholars and allies to advance research and community-based solutions.