Roberto Mata, a ThD candidate at HDS, has been selected to receive a 2014 Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) Fellowship for Latino/a, Asian, and First Nations Doctoral Students.
As an FTE Doctoral Fellow, Mata will receive a living stipend of up to $20,000 to support his studies. Mata joins the first class of Fellows to receive an FTE doctoral fellowship following the launch of FTE's new doctoral initiatives in October 2013.
Fellowship recipients also attended the 2014 FTE Doctoral Summit for Future Theological Educators of Color, held June 3-7 at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. The summit provided opportunities for networking, professional development, and mentoring.
FTE supports rising theological educators from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups who plan to teach in religion, theology, or biblical studies in North American theological schools and universities. In North America, less than 20 percent of theological schools' faculties are people of color. FTE's doctoral initiatives foster diversity in the academy by accelerating the successful completion of PhD degrees among students of African, Latino/a, Asian, and First Nations descent by providing them with financial support, a network of peers, a community of mentors and professional development opportunities.
"The quality of theological education in the twenty first century will depend on the presence of theological educators who make a life of faith, church and the academy relevant to the increasingly diverse and complex world we live in," said vice president of strategic initiatives Matthew Wesley Williams. "FTE is proud to support these wise, faithful, and courageous rising scholars."
The Forum for Theological Exploration provides resources and a forum for young adults and students to explore their purpose and call to pastoral ministry and teaching. For more information, visit fteleaders.org.