William “Sandy” Darity, Jr has been selected as one of the three inaugural recipients of the Impactful Mentor Awards given by the American Economic Association’s Mentoring Program. The award recognizes and celebrates the excellence of mentors who promote diversity, access, and inclusion in the economics profession.
The program was established with support from the National Science Foundation in the 1990s to help address the under-representation of black, Latino, and Native Americans in the economics profession. It matches students from those three groups entering or completing doctorate degrees in economics with senior scholars who serve as mentors and aid in networking between established scholars and students at all stages of their graduate education.
Darity also has long been involved in the Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics (DITE) which is housed at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center for Social Equity. DITE provides mentoring support for economists from under-represented groups in making a successful transition from the assistant professor rank to the tenured associate rank.
He also served as director of the Mellon Foundation funded Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) for more than a decade while on the faculty at UNC Chapel Hill. MURAP provides undergraduates from underrepresented groups with a summer research experience intended to encourage them to pursue the Ph.D. in the humanities or the social sciences.
The selection committee recommended three mentors who have “a long career of distinction in mentoring professional economists and aspiring economists particularly from under-represented groups.” The other two recipients are Cecilia Conrad of the MacArthur Foundation and Marie T. Mora, University of Text Rio Grande Valley. The awards will be given at the AEA Summer Mentoring Pipeline Conference this week.