Our Mission

The call for broadening participation in STEM is long-standing and paramount to securing the future workforce. More diverse research teams and faculties are needed to ensure greater equity and inclusion in STEM disciplines with which to educate and mentor diverse undergraduate and graduate students. MEME seeks to address the need for improved mentoring experiences for STEM faculty who identify as women and as being from historically marginalized groups in higher education. The project has established virtual mentor training and network mentoring opportunities accessible to regional Aspire Alliance's IChange Network institutions, in order to foster more inclusive and supportive climates in STEM departments.

Our Team

The aim of the six Midwest institutions that make up the MEME Team, is to work towards a common goal: to develop more inclusive STEM departmental climates and cultures into which women and minoritized faculty may be better recruited, hired, retained, and advanced. To advance these change efforts, which are also championed by the Aspire Alliance, the MEME initiative will engage in collaborative, cross-institutional activities that focus on mentorship in STEM.

Founded in 1918 in Muncie, Indiana, Ball State University offers about 120 majors and 100 graduate degrees through seven academic colleges.

Kristen McCauliff

Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development

Melinda Messineo

Interim Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence

Rona Robinson-Hill

Associate Professor of Biology

Founded in 1964, Cleveland State University is a public research institution with nearly 16,000 students, 10 colleges and schools and more than 175 academic programs.

Cheryl Bracken

Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs and Development

Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis is a core campus of Indiana University that also offers Purdue University degrees. As a partnership between Indiana and Purdue universities, it is Indiana’s urban research and academic health sciences campus in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Gina Sánchez Gibau

Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Diversity & Inclusion

Etta Ward

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Development

Tabitha Hardy

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Graduate Education

Assistant Dean for Student Development and Academic Affairs, IUPUI Graduate Office

Katrenia Reed Hughes

Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership, Department of Technology Leadership & Communication

Corinne Renguette

Chair, Department of Technology Leadership & Communication

Randall Roper

Associate Professor of Biology

Adjunct Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

As the land-grant institution in the very first state to adopt the Morrill Act, Iowa State University wholeheartedly supports the mission of sharing knowledge beyond the campus borders.

Tera Jordan

Assistant Provost for Faculty Development

Theressa Cooper

Assistant Dean for Diversity

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

William Graves

Dean of the Graduate College

Michigan State University is a public land-grant research university in East Lansing, Michigan. MSU was founded in 1855 and served as a model for land-grant colleges and universities later created under the Morrill Act of 1862.

Steven D. Thomas

Program Manager for AGEP, MSU Graduate School

The University of Cincinnati is a public research university in Cincinnati, Ohio. Founded in 1819 as Cincinnati College, it is the oldest institution of higher education in Cincinnati and has an annual enrollment of over 44,000 students.

Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost