In addition to supporting our fellows through various stages of the doctorate, the Mellon Mays Graduate Initiatives Program aspires to foster and strengthen relationships among all members of the Mellon Mays community. To that end, the Regional Lecture Series brings together undergraduates, graduate students, coordinators, and faculty in each region for intellectual engagement and community-building. Each lecture allows a Mellon Ph.D. the opportunity to speak on their research or a current topic, and fellows and coordinators gather afterwards for a reception. To date, lectures have taken place in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, Baltimore, and Atlanta.

The 2017 New York Lecture featured Dr. Philip Atiba Goff, Franklin A. Thomas Professor in Policing Equity at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. His talk was titled: "A Language of Justice: Making Sense of Race, Policing, and 2016."

Dr. Zine Magubane, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston College, delivered the 2016 Boston Regional Lecture. She is shown here with the Wellesley MMUF fellows.