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Renetta Garrison Tull

Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull is the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at the University of California Davis. She previously served as Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives at The Graduate School at UMBC, and was Professor of the Practice in the College of Engineering & IT. She was Special Assistant to the Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Director of Graduate and Professional Pipeline Development for the University System of Maryland (12 institutions). She is the Founding Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) –, and Co-PI for the USM LSAMP. Her research on global diversity in STEM continues, and she is an international speaker, covering nearly all continents, for groups and conferences such as the World Engineering Education Forum, the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies, and the Pacific Sciences Congress. Her personal website is: Connect with her on Twitter: @Renetta_Tull;

ME TO STUDENT (practicing for a defense):”I love you, but I’m going to grill you!” STUDENT’S RESPONSE: “I’ll be the cheese!” – Notes to grad students preparing to defend proposals

Dear Graduate Students, That time is coming when you will have to defend your dissertation proposal to your committee, and they will decide if you are ready to move to the next step to prepare your dissertation research as a doctoral “candidate.” That transition from “student” to “candidate” […]

Video: Discussing University System of Maryland’s diversity pipeline programs as part of perspectives on institutional change #ThinkBigDiversity

This past academic year, I had the chance to join University System of Maryland colleague Associate Vice Chancellor Dr. Nancy Shapiro in a discussion about institutional change. The University of Buffalo’s Women in STEM Cooperative invited us to be guest speakers on their webinar, “Perspectives on Institutional Change.” I […]

In Malaysia to speak at World Engineering Education Forum WEEF – #ThinkBigDiversity Nov. 2017!

I’ve just arrived in Malaysia after spending the night in Shanghai to prepare to join my colleagues to lead a special session on the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:   This is an honor that I owe to a great […]

Celebrating #UMBC50 with @UMBC

Born during of the civil rights movement, the University of Maryland Baltimore County celebrated its 50th birthday this weekend, and its Founders Day this afternoon. I’ve worked at several universities in various capacities: Northwestern, the University of Wisconsin, the University of College Park, and UMBC. Most of these […]

Our article about student support: Desde la Licenciatura, hasta el Doctorado: Los sistemas de apoyos para estudiantes de posgrado en Instituciones fuera de su país y lejos de casa #ThinkBigDiversity

I’ll miss seeing my students in Puerto Rico at their research conference next month because the Ana G. Méndez University System (AGMUS) Research Symposium conflicts with some of our events in Maryland. However, as people have been asking me about resources that can be shared with students in both […]

PROMISE AGEP Listed! @WhiteHouse “My Brother’s Keeper STEM+” track #ThinkBigDiversity @NSF

Originally posted on PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP 2003-2018:
The White House has listed the National Science Foundation’s PROMISE AGEP for Maryland, along with the University System of Maryland’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program (USM LSAMP), among organizations in the U.S. that have a commitment to the new MBK…

Presenting Grad Student Retention Strategies 2/27/16 #Interventions16 #ThinkBigDiversity

Our team will have two presentations at the Understanding Interventions Conference in Philadelphia this weekend. Please join us! Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Market Street Saturday, February 27, 2016 1. Models for multi-institutional alliances: The PROMISE AGEP 10:30 AM – 12 noon Franklin Hall 13 2) #Thinkbigdiversity – A […]

In India … in saree

On this day when we celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday and legacy in the United States, I reflect on the blessing that I have to discuss diversity around the world. In discussing diversity in different places, I have a chance to learn about other cultures, and have appreciated […]