Pursue advanced degrees, work hard, be open to new opportunities, expect challenges, seek support and never give up on your dream.

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NAME

Jabbar Bennett

JOB TITLE

Associate Dean, Brown University

LOCATION

Providence , RI

SALARY

Undisclosed

NUMBER OF YEARS IN THE FIELD

Been in the field for 13 years.

COMPANY

Brown University

Career Bio

The profession

I focus on the recruitment and advancement of members of underrepresented groups in graduate and professional school, as well as general professional development of all students, trainees and faculty in the higher education setting.

How I got here

Internal motivation and passion. I obtained a bachelor's and doctoral degree from 2 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and desired to ensure the success of a more diverse cohort of students, trainees and faculty at Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs).

A typical day

Graduate and medical student recruitment; work with programs to identify and recruit prospective students, trainees and faculty of interest; form strategic partnerships both internally and externally with individuals, programs, departments, centers and consortia; attend on-campus recruitment events; attend national conferences, meetings and associated recruitment fairs that target members of underrepresented groups; meet and maintain contact with prospective students. Professional development programming for graduate students and postdocs Graduate students and postdoc advising Represent Graduate School and Medical School both local and nationally Work mostly alone and job requires 50% travel.

The hardest parts

Encouraging members of underrepresented groups outside of the northeast to consider my institution

The best parts

Meeting with and sharing in the successes of students, trainees and faculty.

The workplace

Professional setting.

Advice for someone thinking about going into the field

Pursue advanced degrees, work hard, be open to new opportunities, expect challenges, seek support and never give up on your dream.

Advice to my younger self

Listen more than you speak.