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Diversifying the Admissions Process

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The Graduate School invites Directors of Graduate Studies, faculty and staff, involved in their programs’ admissions processes to a two-part workshop to introduce and/or further your knowledge on Diversifying the Admissions Process. Due to COVID-19, we will have Workshop 1 via zoom on April 10, 2020, and Workshop 2 in-person at a later date in Fall 2020.

Sponsored by the Graduate School and provided by the Inclusive Graduate Education Network, it has the capacity for 60 people.

If you have not been exposed to the fundamentals workshop, it would be important to attend workshop 1 before workshop 2. If that is not possible, you may choose to attend only one workshop. Registration is required, please apply by April 8th.

Workshop Abstracts:
Workshop 1 at 1PM April 10 – Fundamentals: Equity in Graduate Education (90 min)
This session presents data and research about the role of typical admissions criteria and practices in maintaining racial/ethnic inequalities in graduate education. Suitable for a wide variety of audiences, practical strategies for rethinking typical admissions criteria and processes are introduced, with a focus on equity-based holistic review and embedding attention to equity throughout the admissions and recruitment process. All aspects of this session are rooted in current research. Participants will learn how common admissions mindsets & practices tend to inhibit access for underrepresented groups, and they will be introduced to strategies to improve diversity & equity through holistic review processes.

Workshop 2 to be determined in Fall 2020 –  Strategies for Equity-based Holistic Review (2.5 hours)
Building upon prerequisite knowledge from the Fundamentals workshop this session on Strategies for Equity-based Holistic Review is a hands-on workshop for graduate admissions committee members and department leaders. Committees will articulate and assess their current admissions and recruitment practices, learn how to develop an evaluation rubric that they can put to use, and engage in discussions that will help them anticipate common challenges that may arise in shifting admissions practices. We will make additional resources and research available.

Facilitator Bios:
Dr. Casey W. Miller
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs in the College of Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is an experimental physicist focusing on nanoscale magnetic materials and equity issues in graduate education. He directs the Inclusive Practices Hub of the NSF INCLUDES Alliance: Inclusive Graduate Education Network. He graduated summa cum laude with University and Physics Departmental Honors from Wittenberg University, where he was also elected to phi beta kappa. He earned his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003, did his post-doctoral work at the University of California, San Diego, and is recipient of the NSF-CAREER and AFOSR-Young Investigator Awards. ​

Dr. Julie R. Posselt

Associate Professor of Education at the University of Southern California. Her research examines institutionalized inequities in selective sectors of higher education, and organizational efforts toward diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her work has been funded by the US Department of Education, Spencer Foundation, Mellon Foundation, and National Science Foundation.  Today, she directs NSF- funded research-practice partnerships: the California Consortium for Inclusive Doctoral Education as well as the Inclusive Graduate Education Network’s Research Hub. Posselt was honored with a National Academy of Education postdoctoral fellowship to study graduate student mental health, the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s Early Career/ Promising Scholar award, and the American Educational Research Association’s Early Career Award.  She is Associate Editor of the Journal of Higher Education, and is the author of Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity, and Faculty Gatekeeping (Harvard University Press). In 2020 she will release Equity in Science: Representation, Culture, and the Dynamics of Change in Graduate Education (Stanford University Press).