Senior Staff Specialist
Senior Staff Specialist
Silvia Caraballo is the Senior Staff Faculty Specialist for the AdvanceRIT program. She works alongside the Program Director with program management by providing program development and implementation to meet faculty needs. Silvia facilitates project efforts and maintains the office's operational requirements, including budget, database maintenance, and program objectives information. Before joining AdvanceRIT in September 2020, she worked in various research and managerial office positions, gaining valuable experience working with directors, researchers, faculty, administrators, and minority groups at RIT. This included working in the Office of Faculty Diversity Recruitment. During the NSF AdvanceRIT NSF-Institutional Transformation grant, Silvia was a graduate research assistant in the projects, literature reviews, and data collection of Women of Color Research studies.
Silvia was one of the founding members of Our Lady of Mercy Diversity and Inclusion development of the strategic plan and served as a Parent sub-committee member.
Member of the Sankofa Communiversity Intl, a not-for-profit organization focusing on an intergenerational collaborative of research, scholarship, and activism with shared commitments to rigorous research and critical inquiry.
Board member of the Faculty Women of Color in the Academy (FWCA) Advisory Board. FWCA is a conference that offers a unique educational and professional opportunity for indigenous women of color in higher education to network, engage, and learn with colleagues from around the country.
Initiated and implemented the Faculty Women of Color Advisory Board in the AdvanceRIT office. Which has grown in numbers, creating a unique network of scholars nationally.
Silvia was one of the Co-PIs for the award the AdvanceRIT office received for Enhancing Faculty Gender Diversity in Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences.
Adjunct Faculty for the RIT College of Liberal Arts. Her Courses offer a unique perspective that examines the theoretical and practical foundations of the indigenous cultural discourse concerned with political imaginaries, customary law, culture, and identity of Indigenous women in Latin America as they face gender, class, and race discrimination as a legacy of the colonization that has inflicted oppression and cultural eradication of ancestral teachings and ideals.
Silvia is pursuing a Ph.D. in Human Development at the University of Rochester with a cognitive-behavioral development concentration. Research focuses on environmental health as a component of environmental performance and how health is affected by national culture and community development. Her goal is to use AdvanceRIT objectives to implement program design and ensure the plans are managed efficiently to improve—the quality of women faculty's advancement in academia and leadership roles.