Graduate Students and Postdocs Program
Graduate students and post-doctoral scholars are required to communicate and work across cultural, social, and power differences on a daily basis. They interact with mentors, colleagues, undergraduate students, and professors in a variety of academic settings, and need to navigate different spaces, ways of thought, and academic practice. Throughout their long and complex training, many of them are also occupied with questions and thoughts about the scholars and professionals they want to become, and how different aspects of their identity might influence their “professional persona”.
The Intergroup Dialogue Project, the Graduate School, and the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning, have been working together to create a meaningful process for graduate students and post-doctoral scholars to explore their social identities, to practice communication across difference, and to think together about authentic diversity in academia. This peer-led course enables participants to reflect on their personal experiences related to such issues, but to also explore ways through which they can promote equity and inclusion in their academic spaces and circles.
Read here about our 2016 summer pilot program for graduate students and post-doctoral scholars that took place in July. Our next course will be taking place in Summer 2017.
Read testimonials from past participants of the program here.
An increasing number of Cornell faculty members have seen the transforming effect the program has on undergraduates, as well as the significant enhancement of skills to work respectfully in diverse academic and social contexts. Our past faculty participants in the pilot programs look forward to having more colleagues in this area. We are excited to invite you to participate in our faculty research group on working effectively across difference by first being part of an immersive colleague-based program, with an option to then join our ongoing research and praxis team.