UCLA Faculty Forward Initiative

UCLA is proud to announce the Faculty Forward Initiative (FFI) — a campuswide effort focusing on the recruitment and retention of faculty committed to scholarship, research, mentorship and education related to those who have traditionally been underrepresented in academia.

Please find more information and additional resources on the Faculty Forward Initiative below.


The Faculty Forward Initiative is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in academia by supporting the recruitment, retention, and advancement of faculty members from underrepresented communities. Our mission is to create an environment where all faculty members can thrive in their careers and contribute to the advancement of knowledge.


We envision a future where all faculty members have equal access to academic resources and opportunities for professional growth. By removing systematic barriers faced by faculty members from marginalized communities, we aim to create a more diverse and inclusive academic community that reflects the richness of human experience. Join us in our mission to make academia a more equitable and just place for all.

Additional Resources

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Announcing the Faculty Forward Initiative

April 5, 2023

Chancellor Block and EVCP Hunt sent the following message to the UCLA Bruin Community, announcing the Faculty Forward Initiative.

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Faculty Funding Requests

Funding Request Application to be posted shortly

For more information, submission instructions, and the application for Faculty Funding Requests, please click on the above link.

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Upcoming Events

Events link to be posted shortly

Interested in attending or participating in an Faculty Forward Initiative event? Please click the above link to learn more about our exciting upcoming programs!

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Summer Faculty Writing Workshop

Registration link to be posted shortly

With our specialized Summer Faculty Writing Workshops, Professors of all ranks will learn how to publish, gain networking experience, and glean guidance and expertise on how to thrive in an academic environment.

Contact Information


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Shimeka Bruton

Faculty Forward Initiative Program Director
Email: sbruton@equity.ucla.edu




Dr. Shimeka Bruton is the Director of the Faculty Forward Initiative Program. She earned her Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Change from Pepperdine University and a Master of Public Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Prior to joining EDI, she provided DEI leadership in the higher education and nonprofit sectors. In addition to her administration background, Dr. Bruton has faculty experience where she has taught courses that include Leadership, Research Methods, and Organizational Behavior.