PNC Bank Sponsors AACTE’s Holmes Program

PNC Bank, N.A. has awarded AACTE with a charitable sponsorship to support the Holmes Program with the goal of helping to diversify the nation’s education workforce. This program provides mentorship, professional development and support to students who self-identify as racially and ethnically diverse and are pursuing graduate degrees in education at AACTE member institutions. More specifically, the PNC funding will support the Holmes Scholars’ Research and Dissertation Retreat, and the Career Expo.  

The Research and Dissertation Retreat brings together Holmes Scholars for an intensive, in-person professional development opportunity focused on research methods, academic writing, and scholarship while the Career Expo will connect these Holmes Scholars with AACTE member institutions to learn about opportunities and the faculty job search process. Scholars will have an opportunity to meet with faculty and search committee representatives face-to-face. Both the Retreat and Expo offer our diverse Holmes Scholars with unprecedented academic and career development. 

“At PNC, we know that the highest-performing teams are diverse, and the most productive workplaces are inclusive. We also know that embracing and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion is about being a better company, a better employer, a better neighbor and a better investment,” said Sally McCrady, director of Community Affairs and chair and president of the PNC Foundation.

“PNC’s investment will have a lifelong impact on our Holmes Scholars,” stated Weadé James, AACTE’s senior director of development and research, as well as a Holmes alumnus and current lead of the program. “We are grateful for their support to help advance the scholarship of these talented and brilliant scholars of color who are pursuing innovative research to close the equity and opportunity gaps in K-12 and higher education settings,” she continued. 

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Brooke Evans

Assistant Director, Development & Professional Learning