Graduate Programs in the David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity is an integral part of the Center’s mission to grow the academic pipeline and diversify the academy in Arts, Sciences, and Engineering (ASE). Graduate Programs offers professional and social programming on topics addressing the racial and ethnic diversity of the UR graduate student population. Previous and up-coming workshops include “Negotiating Race and Gender on the Job Market,” “Identifying and Applying for Fellowships,” “Finding ‘the right fit’ in Your Job Search,” and “Next Steps After Completing a Master’s Degree.” We also facilitate connecting graduate students to undergraduates who might one day follow in their footsteps up the academic ladder, thus helping to replenish the pipeline.
One of our key objectives is to expand the intellectual community of underrepresented minority students who are often one of a handful or the only racial or ethnic minority in the department. We host a welcome back Wine and Cheese Diversity Reception in the fall semester where faculty and students from across ASE departments can meet in a casual atmosphere and, hopefully connect with new colleagues, find potential collaborators, and discover new mentors. Other events are in the works, and we welcome suggestions!
The Kearns Center recognizes that graduate students are busy, driven, focused people with many demands and little free time. We also recognize that the primary source of advising and mentoring for graduate students must come from their own departments. That said, Graduate Programs also seeks to provide a listening ear, thoughtful discussion, and general guidance for successfully completing a graduate degree at the UR and moving on to a fruitful rewarding life post-degree. The Director of Graduate Programs and other staff in the Kearns Center are available to as a supportive resource, in addition to students’ home departments.