Junior Faculty of Color

The Junior Faculty of Color (JFOC) organization aims to provide a supportive community for racially minoritized assistant professors at UW–Madison. It was founded by Lillian Tong and Lori Kido Lopez in 2015, and continues today as an informal group that is led by junior faculty. The organization focuses on building camaraderie, sharing resources, promoting personal and career success, and providing a comfortable space for social support while navigating the tenure track. It also evolves to meet the needs of current members.

Community activities

While activities are subject to change, in recent years they have included:

  • Social gatherings on the first Friday of the month
  • Weekly writing group sessions
  • Email listserv with other junior faculty of color
  • Book group discussions

Get involved

If you are interested in joining or learning more about JFOC, please contact one or all of the current leaders:

  • Melody Harvey, Assistant Professor of Consumer Science
  • Prabhdeep Kehal, Postdoctoral Fellow for Humanities Education for Anti-racism Literacy in the Sciences and Medicine (HEAL)
  • Kelly Ward