McNair Alumnae Yomaira Figueroa receives SITPA Fellowship

Yomaira Figueroa, a former McNair scholar, is on the rise. After earning her B.A. in English, Latino & Hispanic Caribbean Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, she has earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. A first-generation Afro-Puerto Rican New Jersey native, Figueroa is an assistant professor at Michigan State University Department of English and African American and African Studies is on the rise. Figueroa has been selected as a 2015-2017 Summer Institute on Tenure and Professional Advancement (SITPA) Fellow.

SITPA is a mentoring and professional socialization initiative at Duke University designed for early career faculty to facilitate successful transition from junior faculty status to tenures associate professor. Its objective is to address the persistent underrepresentation of racial and ethnic minorities on U.S. college and university faculties.  Now, as an inaugural SITPA fellow cohort member, Figueroa says, “Being chosen for the SITPA Fellowship means that I have an exciting opportunity to work alongside a diverse community of junior and senior scholars committed to countering the underrepresentation of tenured faculty of color in the United States.”

Dr. Figueroa current book project, “Decolonial Diaspora: Radical Mappings of Afro-Latinx & Afro-Hispanic Literature,” focuses on diasporic and exilic Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, and Equatoguinean texts in contact. We wish Dr. Figueroa a warm congratulations and best of luck on her continued success, as well as future endeavors.