Background

The Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics (DITE) is a “research mentoring workshop that seeks to facilitate successful transition from junior faculty status to tenured associate professor for economists from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups (especially blacks, Latinos, and Native Americans)” that is designed to address “the gross underrepresentation of economists from these groups in the ranks of university faculty, particularly in economics departments.” The DITE program is considered the only existing program created specifically to achieve this goal in this manner.
The program has been in place since 2008. It is organized as a mentoring or coaching program that includes annual cohort-based interactive workshops between junior scholar mentees or the fellows being coached and the senior scholar mentors coaching them. Each year it matches up to twelve junior scholars from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups with six senior faculty mentors, and convenes an annual one and one-half day workshop where the fellows receive critical guidance on their research activities and their professional development strategies. To date there have been 12 cohorts with the convening of the thirteenth occurring at the August 2021 Research Conference. The National Science Foundation has supported the program since its inception, with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation added as a sponsor more recently