so i began to teach in a doctoral degree-granting institution because i wanted to be a part of the formation of scholars as i began to do so, i realized that a key piece of the foundation for this—after developing a rigorous pedagogy, excellent colleagues, intellectual resources that help stretch their talents, and student funding is that we must do so with an eyes, minds, and hearts finely tuned to building a more inclusive future"Dr. emilie m. townes
Throughout the history of FTE, and especially in times of changing cultural landscapes, theological scholars have helped to renew the religious and social relevance of the church and academy. FTE collaborates with academic institutions and related organizations to identify and support historically underrepresented graduate students to lead in the church, academy and broader society as the next generation of theological educators. Together with partner institutions, we nurture and support students of color pursuing advanced degrees in religion, Bible and theology.
While financial support for underrepresented students is essential, graduate programs also must create the necessary conditions for students of color to flourish as they prepare for the vocation of teaching. FTE convenes a network of theological schools that express and demonstrate a commitment to diversity in doctoral theological education. Through grant making, consultations and collaborative initiatives, this learning community of institutions will build capacity for cultivating and supporting students and scholars of color.
Mentoring is an essential resource to assist doctoral students in completing their degrees and developing their vocation as theological educators. FTE convenes a Mentoring Consortium to promote and document best practices for identifying and mentoring doctoral students of color.
The Consortium is comprised of leaders from partner organizations and programs that have provided mentoring communities for underrepresented students and scholars in theological education. These partners work closely with FTE to implement and oversee programs for doctoral students, serving as selection committee members, scholar-mentors and advisors. Annually, the Consortium presents a national mentoring award to an individual and an institution for exemplary work in mentoring students of color.
FTE partner organizations and institutions include the following: