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Biographical Sketch

Dr.  Arlene Torres is an academic in the discipline of anthropology and in the interdisciplinary fields of African American and Latina/o Studies. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Africana, Puerto Rican/Latino Studies at Hunter College at the City University of New York (CUNY). Her most recent appointment was as University Dean for Recruitment and Diversity in the Office of Human Resources Management in the Central Administration where she mentored and supported a diverse professoriate. 

Professor Torres is currently the Principal Investigator and Director of of the CUNY Mellon Faculty Diversity Career Enhancement Initiative, an exciting four year initiative that will work in conjunction with the four Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow serving institutions at CUNY to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a mentor, she coordinated and directed the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program at Hunter College. She also served as the Director of the Chancellor’s Latino Faculty Initiative in Academic Affairs in the Central Administration at CUNY. 

As University Dean of Recruitment and Diversity, Torres used compliance-driven data presented in annual campus Affirmative Action Plans (AAPs) in tandem with practices identified in the Faculty Diversity Strategic Plans (FDSPs) to pose a series of questions: 1) How is a department or campus vision of diversity aligned with the University’s broader vision? 2) What are its current practices? 3) What are its challenges? 4) And if diversity and inclusion is not being achieved, how can and will current practices be changed? Toward that end, she worked with University Presidents, Provosts, and the University Advisory Council on Diversity to engage in campus visits, studies, and sound practices to advance initiatives to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Professor Torres has also held post-doctoral fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy, Princeton University and the Museum of American History at Smithsonian Institution. She works on several University-wide and community organizations to support the educational advancement of underrepresented communities in higher education.

She serves on the Mission Effectiveness Committee of the Cornelia Connelly Center, a vibrant middle school for girls on the lower east side of New York City, whose mission is to support young girls in their academic pursuits. 

She received her Master’s and Ph.D degrees in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she held positions as an administrator and member of the faculty. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology at Colgate University and believes in the transformative possibilities of an education in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. 

“If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal.
[Commencement Address at American University, June 10 1963]
” ― John F. Kennedy