Jeremy Glover ’17 never saw himself pursuing a career in higher education. Though a lover of learning and an avid reader and writer, he never thought he could make a job out of it. That is until he attended the Creating Connections Consortium (C3) Summit in March of 2014.

“It really transformed how I thought about the academy and how I thought about myself as a potential someone to enter the academy as a form of profession,” Glover said.

C3 aims to augment the diversity of the faculty at liberal arts campuses through cross-institutional collaboration, specifically between liberal arts colleges and larger research institutions. C3 responds to a need for not only more diverse faculty, but also for role models and mentors for students from underrepresented backgrounds at participating institutions.

According to C3’s website, liberal arts colleges are struggling to increase faculty diversity. Bates Facts shows, for example, that in the fall of 2014 Bates had 32 faculty members from an underrepresented minority, excluding international faculty, out of 209 total faculty members. “Underrepresented,” as defined by C3, refers to those who historically have been the minority population, first-generation college students and students who faced adversity on their path to college.

C3’s approach to transforming higher ed includes an undergraduate fellowship program in which students are granted the opportunity to gain research skills and mentorship at the graduate level.

Over the past two years, five Bates students have been granted fellowships. Glover, in addition to senior Madelene Santizo, represented Bates at Columbia University this past summer.

Glover attended the inaugural summit at Connecticut College last spring, the theme of which was “Launching Transformation.”

C3 and the summit were his “lightbulb moment[s].” Glover took special appreciation of how the consortium  “celebrat[ed] diversity and difference through academics.”

Glover spent the summer at Columbia University in New York studying the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, specifically analyzing The Canterbury Tales through a lense of sexuality and gender and “looking at how one can apply queer theory, a somewhat modern idea, to such an old text.”

He collaborated with two professors as well as two graduate students. The professors specialized in different disciplines and the students were both at different points in their graduate studies, giving Glover a variety of perspectives and feedback. Glover produced a final research paper, as well as presented his work at a conference.

Glover will be one of the many contributors at this weekend’s C3 summit, “Practicing Communities,” at Bates. As for how he will continue this summer’s work, Glover has no definite plans.

“Part of the benefit of doing the project and doing it before my junior year was that I am able to have it in my back pocket,” Glover said. “I might even revise what I wrote and use it as a writing sample for application to graduate school.”

The summit takes place this weekend, November 13th to November 15th. For Bates students considering applying for the fellowship, Glover leaves them with this:

“Go for it wholeheartedly. Be prepared to do some work if you get it.”