Advising and Mentoring Diverse Domestic Students

Purpose and Description

As Miami's student population becomes increasingly diverse with the inclusion of more international students, historically underrepresented and marginalized groups, students with disabilities, LGBTQ students, and others we must critically reflect on current advising/mentoring efforts and consider how our work should evolve to better support all of Miami's students. This FLC is consistent with the mission of the Center for Teaching Excellence to enhance teaching and learning at Miami.


The Faculty Learning Community (FLC) will meet 10 times during the academic year (lunch will be provided). Activities will include consultations with guest speakers who have expertise related to our topic, conversations with leaders of promising practices at other institutions of higher education, discussions of mutually agreed upon readings, and work on faculty-generated research projects focused on improving advising and mentoring for diverse students at Miami.



  • Carolyn Craig, Marketing
  • Gabriela Bermudez, Arts and Science
  • Amanda Gillespie, Political Science
  • Erin Harper, Educational Psychology
  • Tamise Ironstrack, Spanish and Portuguese
  • Joel Malin, Educational Leadership
  • Michael P. Evans, Educational Leadership, Facilitator
  • Terri Spahr Nelson, Family Studies and Social Work
  • Jacqueline Rioja Velarde, American and World Cultures
  • Valerie Robinson, Education Leadership and Graduate School and Research Office, Facilitator
  • Deborah Wiese, Psychology
  • Jennifer Yamashiro, Art History


  • Elise Clerkin, Psychology
  • Michael P. Evans, Teacher Education, Facilitator
  • Tamise Ironstrack, Spanish & Portuguese
  • David Pérez II, Educational Leadership
  • Bonita Porter, Zoology
  • Valerie Robinson, Research & Scholarship
  • Andrew Saultz, Educational Leadership
  • Sherrill Sellers, Family Studies & Social Work
  • Carolyn Slotten, Family Studies & Social Work
  • Terri Spahr Nelson, Family Studies & Social Work