2014-15 Applications for Emissary for Graduate Student Diversity Program

1. Program Description

 

EMISSARIES FOR GRADUATE STUDENT DIVERSITY PROGRAM

The Indiana University Graduate School is now accepting applications for the 2014-15 Emissaries for Graduate Student Diversity program (http://www.indiana.edu/~gradlife/) of the Indiana University Graduate School. The goal of the emissary program is to add a peer-component to the University Graduate School’s efforts for creating a positive climate for graduate students, particularly minority and underrepresented graduate students at IU Bloomington. For the 2014-15 emissary program, applications are being accepted for (1) recruitment focused; and, (2) community building support.

The recruitment program includes ten emissaries (Masters and PhD graduate students) who will serve as initial peer contacts for pre-application students. Trained emissaries will provide suggestions for identifying an appropriate graduate program, explain graduate school funding and answer non-academic questions about graduate student life at IUB, Bloomington and other recruitment related questions to prospective graduate student applicants. Recruitment emissaries will also work and engage in dialogue with graduate programs, academic departments, Graduate and Professional Student Organization (GPSO) and the University Graduate School.

The community building program includes ten emissaries who will serve as an initial peer mentors to underrepresented and minority students, just beginning their graduate program at IU Bloomington. Emissaries will help build graduate student community, create networking support and serve as referrals to campus resources and providers. Retention emissaries will also collaborate and engage in dialogue with the University Graduate School.

Program Description: The program promotes peer connections between individuals who are interested in or new to IU graduate programs and current IUB graduate students. Graduate student emissaries dedicate two semesters, and optional summer term, to serving as community-building liaisons between graduate studies and the graduate student body at IUB. Photos and profiles of graduate student emissaries will be posted on the University Graduate School website.

  • • Graduate student emissaries will attend monthly meetings each semester with other graduate student emissaries. Meetings will be held with Graduate School staff, and others interested in graduate recruitment activities.
  • • Graduate student emissaries will participate in information sessions, student panels, and graduate student community building activities.

Requirements: Applicants must be full-time graduate students in a masters or PhD program at IUB, be in good academic standing, and demonstrate involvement in program, departmental, university or community organizations. Preference will be given to graduate students who are involved in diversity-building activities and programming. The application process concludes with an interview. Applicants who advance in the selection process will be contacted for an interview. Once selected, emissaries will sign a contract which certifies the understanding of program requirements and expectations.

Students must also submit the following by:

  • • online data form;
  • • a curriculum vitae/resume; and,
  • • 1-2 page essay addressing past experience with similar initiatives, diversity-building efforts, cultural competency, community involvement or leadership skills and why you desire to be an Emissary for Graduate Student Diversity.

The application process concludes with an interview. Applicants who advance in the selection process will be contacted for an interview.

Once selected, emissaries will sign a contract which certifies the understanding of program requirements and expectations.

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