Consultation & Advising

Confidential consultations and advisement are available for faculty, staff, students and other University affiliates. Our services cover a wide range of topics, including the provision of mentoring resources, enhancing diversity recruitment efforts, and piloting diversity outreach initiatives. We also advise faculty on strategies for successfully cultivating inter- and intra-institutional pipeline relationships and writing diversity recruitment and retention plans for grant proposals.  We are available to all divisions on campus to advise and help guide the process for comprehensive diversity recruitment planning.

Workshops and Presentations

Customized presentations and workshops are developed on topics such as diversity recruitment strategies, mentorship, and navigating the graduate environment as an underrepresented (URM) student, effective strategies and best practices for admissions committees, diversity awareness, and cultural competency. We are available to conduct presentations across the University to increase awareness around diversity, particularly on the topics of student engagement and recruitment, advancement, and retention.

  • Management of Consortia Relationships: The Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives manages relationships with several programs, organizations and consortia focused on cultivating pipelines of diverse students for success in research-based graduate education. The consortia relationships that we manage include:
    • Leadership Alliance
    • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF)
    • Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL)
    • National Name Exchange (NNE)
    • Ivy Plus Deans and Elves
    • Society for the Advancement of Native Americans and Chicanos in Science (SACNAS)
    • Target H.O.P.E.
    • GEM Consortium
    • Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC)
    • Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) Directors Group
  • Diversity Recruitment Consulting with Academic Units and Programs The Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives provides advisory and collaborative support for diversity programs and committees within academic units with a particular focus on student diversity recruitment and retention. Additionally, we work with academic units to establish consortia relationships and partnerships with pipeline programs and feeder-institutions to increase the pool of high-quality applicants from diverse backgrounds.
    • Collaboration with Faculty-Led Diversity Committees
      • BSD Diversity Committee
      • PSD Diversity Committee
    • Diversity Grant Proposal Development and Evaluation
    • Diversity Program Design and Evaluation