Article 3.2 of the CCSU SUOAF - AFSCME collective bargaining agreement recognize the compelling need to increase the minority proportion of the bargaining unit members to more closely approximate the racial and ethnic diversity of the population of our state and nation.

Purpose of the MRMC is to:

  • Identify and recommend qualified minority candidates to search committees
  • Arrange mentoring opportunities for newly appointed minority employees
  • Enhance the professional development of minority employees during the first six (6) years of employment or
  • Enhance the professional development of minority employees during the first three (3) years in a new position or reassignment.

Meeting Schedule:
The committee meets throughout the academic year once a month on a Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Our first meeting will be held at the ITBD in Downtown New Britain. Click here for SUOAF calendar of events and meetings.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 Thursday, October 19, 2017 Thursday, November 16, 2017
Thursday, December 7, 2017 Thursday, February 15, 2018 Thursday, March 15, 2018
Thursday, April 19, 2018 Thursday, May 3, 2018  

MRMC Members:

Toyin Ayeni (Co-Chair)
Center for Int'l Education
860 832-2040
Ramon Hernandez (Co-Chair)
Student Affairs
860 832-1601
Gladys Colon-Lawson
Financial Aid
860 832-2200
Patricia Gardner
Recruitment & Admissions
860 832-3554
Jessica Hernandez
Community Engagement
860 832-2270
Zongxiang Mei
Cntr for Pub Pol + Soc Research
860 -832-1886
Leah Skinner
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
860 832-1645

Calendar of Events for Fall 2017: (TBA = To Be Announced)

  • TBA - MRMC Fall Luncheon (Oct 19)
  • TBA - Mentoring Workshop/Training
  • December 7, 2017 - MRMC Holiday Luncheon


Funding Request:

Article 3.2 of the CSU-SUOAF AFSCME collective bargaining agreement provides financial resources to provide direct and continuing support for obtaining credentials/qualifications by minority appointees to the SUOAF bargaining unit. If you are interested in financial assistance, attend professional conferences, pursue an advanced degree, and/or obtain professional certification or other training or education you may use the form below.

Funding Criteria:

Funds are available for professional development to minority members of SUOAF who are in their first six (6) years of employment or first three (3) years in a new position or reassignment.

To request funding:

1. Complete the Funding Request Form (click here to access the form)

2. Attach supporting documentation to the form

3. Submit the application form and documentation to Mei Zongxiang or Gladys Colon-Lawson at least eight (8) weeks prior to the start of the program.

** Additional funding resources are available through the SUOAF-AFSCME Professional Development Committee.

External Resources:

  • Hispanic Outlook
  • The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
  • Academic Diversity Search, Inc
  • IMDiversity Inc


Calendar of Events for Fall 2015: (TBA = To Be Announced)

  • TBA - MRMC Fall Luncheon
  • TBA - Mentoring Workshop/Training
  • December 3, 2015 - MRMC Year-End Luncheon