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Belonging, Learning, and Exploring New Directions (BLEND) is a Reflective Practice Teaching Circle that operates under umbrella of both the Center for Teaching Excellence and Frederick Douglass Institute for Intercultural Research.

Blend Project meetingPart of BLEND’s involvement on campus includes holding workshops throughout the semester on a variation of topics. Upcoming BLEND workshops include:

Fall 2014 Semester

October 22
Culturally Responsive Classroom Management: What Would You Do?
Stabley 201, 11:45 a.m.–12:44 p.m.
Motivation techniques; dealing with behavioral issues; using an asset-based approach with students of color and first-generation students; management of cell phones; and responding to plagiarism.

November 20
Establishing a Research Agenda
Stabley 210, 3:30–4:45 p.m.
Setting research goals and establishing a writing routine; recognizing importance of multiple areas of interest; making the best use of IUP resources; establishing a scholarly presence in the eyes of both colleagues and students.

Spring 2015 Semester

February 20
Teaching Research and Service: Finding the Right Balance
Stabley 101, 11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
What not to do your first couple of years; exploring how service opportunities can enhance your teaching and research productivity.

March 25
Funding Your Research

Stabley 210, 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Finding local and external grant money to support your research; cultivating interdisciplinary relationships to advance your research agenda.

Meet your Mentor at the Oak Grove

(Complements of APSCUF and BLEND) 

BLEND’s Mission

BLEND seeks to provide a personal and professional safe and supportive environment where women and faculty of color can receive guidance, support, and constructive feedback that honors their differences and builds on their strengths. This group is open to all, regardless of race and ethnicity.

BLEND Mentors

BLEND is currently seeking experienced, exceptional colleagues from across the university who are willing to mentor newly hired women faculty and faculty of color. We are looking for people with solid institutional knowledge and who are able to:

  • Offer guidance and direction to protégés regarding professional issues
  • Direct protégés to institutional resources, experts, and source materials
  • Encourage and acknowledge protégés’ ideas and work
  • Challenge the protégé to expand their abilities
  • Provide timely, clear, and comprehensive feedback to protégés’ questions
  • Respect, value and promote protégés’ contributions to the IUP community

Mentors will work with one protégé during the academic year.

If you or someone you know would make a good BLEND mentor, please e-mail Dr. Crystal Machado ( with the name and e-mail address of the person you have in mind. Self-nominations are welcome.

  • Frederick Douglass Institute
  • Stright Hall, Room 108
    210 South Tenth Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-3299
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.