Creating a Graduate Program that Fosters the Success of All Students

Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am Tate 201-20


Anne Egger, Central Washington University
Karen Viskupic, Boise State University

Are you a faculty member or administrator wanting to incorporate inclusive and equitable practices in admissions and programming to support your graduate students? Please join us for a two-day workshop to learn more about best practices, share ideas with colleagues, and develop plans for your own institution. Participants will explore holistic review of graduate applications, onboarding courses for graduate students, mentoring practices, building community, and career planning, and will leave with a plan to better promote the success of all graduate students.


There is a lot of evidence for bias in graduate school admissions. Many institutions have already begun to address these issues through strategies like removing the GRE requirement. This is a good strategy that helps lower barriers to applying, but what else can we do? Once admitted, graduate students might struggle with a sense of belonging and navigating an unfamiliar system. What can we do once students arrive at our institutions to support them in making progress, receiving their degrees, and contributing to our community?

In this workshop, we'll explore the need for bringing an equity lens to our graduate programs and possible strategies for doing so. We will take a practical approach that will allow you to immediately implement what you learn.

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Target Audience

This workshop is designed for faculty, staff, and administrators at institutions with graduate programs (MS and PhD). You don't need to be a graduate program director, just someone who is interested in attracting and supporting a diverse graduate student community.


In this workshop, you will:

  • Discuss the need for taking equity-based approach in graduate admissions and throughout the graduate program.
  • Review strategies that promote equity in graduate education in the geosciences.
  • Develop an action plan for implementing at least one strategy for attracting and promoting the success of all graduate students in your institution.


This workshop will be highly interactive. You can expect to discuss topics and work through case studies in groups, and develop an individual action plan (getting feedback from your peers) to take back to your institution.

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