Just over two years old, The Graduate Center forges connections across campus and in the community to enrich graduate education beyond the traditional classroom and research experience. The mission of the Graduate Center is to support the next generation of researchers, academic professionals, and leaders by building opportunities for professional development and mentoring as well as fostering interdisciplinary research, innovative collaboration, networking, and engagement with diverse communities. Read on to learn about the Center’s partners, activities, and growth.
The Graduate Center’s Interdisciplinary Collaborations Lecture Series begins Friday, January 27, 4:30 to 5:30 PM, in the Student Union Kachina Lounge (all lectures to take place Fridays at the same time and place). Professor Ellen McMahon and Eric Magrane will present Creating Intersections Across Communities: Institute of the Environment’s Arts, Environment and Humanities Network. Throughout the series, attendees will share the experience and insights of participants in four initiatives that bring together diverse perspectives from the sciences, arts, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and communities around the globe. In addition to discussing their innovative projects and synergies, experts will address best practices for creating, building, and maintaining collaborative initiatives.
Graduate Center writer Terry Pitt-Brooke converses with campus leaders and experts about the advantages of diversity and inclusiveness. From the Graduate Diversity Programs Director, Donna Treloar, the Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence, Jesús Treviño, and many others, he learns why the university’s rich array of world views and ways of understanding benefit all the communities with which it intersects.
First enrolled as a pre-med neuroscience student, University Fellow Mel Ferrara changed to Women and Gender Studies in their sophomore year and has blazed a new path of research and advocacy while remaining connected with their scientific roots. Mel was recently awarded a prestigious Point Scholarship in recognition of their accomplishments. In our feature interview, Mel talks with Terry Pitt-Brooke about their story, their research interests, and their plans for the future.