I am delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Roxane Silver as Associate Director of the UCI ADVANCE Program in the Office of Inclusive Excellence, effective April 1, 2016. In this role, Dr. Silver will be principally responsible for directing the Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience (DECADE) Faculty Mentors Program. Originally funded by a US Department of Education grant to Graduate Division, the purpose of DECADE is to advance inclusive excellence in graduate education. Through peer-to-peer engagement, faculty DECADE mentors play a critical role in broadening participation, promoting a positive climate, and supporting degree completion. Indeed, their collective efforts will continue to transform the professoriate of the future while expanding the innovation workforce of tomorrow.
As Associate Director, Professor Silver brings to UCI ADVANCE an impressive record in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. A Professor in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior, she has served as Director of Graduate Studies, DECADE mentor, the co-PI of a 3-year University of California-Historically Black Colleges and Universities (UC-HBCU) Pathways grant, and the co-Director of her department’s NIMH Institutional Training Grant in Social and Environmental Contexts of Adaptation. Previously, Professor Silver served as the Associate Dean for Research and the Faculty Chair in the School of Social Ecology, as well as the Associate Director of the UC Irvine Newkirk Center for Science and Society.
An internationally distinguished researcher in stress and coping, Professor Silver specializes in understanding the acute and long-term psychological and physical reactions to stressful life experiences, including personal traumas such as physical disability, loss, and childhood sexual victimization, as well as larger collective events such as terror attacks, war and natural disasters across the world. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. Professor Silver is the 2016 President of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology and a founding Director and Chair of the Board of Directors of Psychology Beyond Borders, an international non-profit organization that facilitates research, intervention and policy development in the prevention, preparedness and response to terror attacks, conflict, or natural disasters across the world.
Please join me in welcoming Professor Silver to the Office of Inclusive Excellence!
Douglas M. Haynes
Vice Provost for Academic Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Office of Inclusive Excellence
Director, ADVANCE Program
Professor of History
Director, Medical Humanities Inter-School Excellence Initiative