Diversity Strengthens Us
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice (DEIJ) enhance the research, scholarship, and creative pursuits of our graduate community.
We are committed to propelling student and postdoctoral scholar success through community building including supporting student groups that provide a space for minoritized students; DEIJ education and development offerings; and mentoring development. We engage faculty mentoring efforts aimed at cultivating the mentor-mentee relationships between CSU faculty and graduate students to improve recruitment and retention of marginalized students and postdocs.
CSU’s Principles of Community guide our efforts and we uphold these principles through all Graduate School efforts.
Mentoring Excellence as a Guiding Principle
The guiding principle in our DEIJ initiatives is strengthening the graduate community through robust mentoring. Mentoring is a crucial and defining factor in a graduate student’s success. Mentoring matters — it enriches the lives of mentors and mentees on many levels!
Student focused activities include support for marginalized student populations as well educating graduate students around DEIJ issues central to improving the graduate community as a whole. We strive to build knowledge of DEIJ issues and incorporate that understanding into a student’s current and future mentee-mentor relationships.
The Graduate Center for Inclusive Mentoring (GCIM) provides leadership for faculty directed mentoring efforts such as the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER) and Mentor Well Certification. Mentoring initiatives are prioritized through the lens of DEIJ. Learn more about GCIM below.
Graduate students, faculty, and postdocs are welcome!
Mentor Mondays – a series discussing effective mentoring relationships and their critical role in the graduate community. Fall 2021 topics include:
- Engaging with Mentors Sept. 13
- Aligning Expectations – Tools and Conversations Oct. 4
- Grad Students and Current Events: When to Check In Nov. 1
- How do we Define Success? Panel Discussion Dec. 6
At the core of student DEIJ initiatives, we support and provide leadership to student groups dedicated to marginalized graduate student communities. Building DEIJ competences through educational opportunities offered through university, graduate student, or Graduate School initiatives is key to the success of the entire graduate community.
Graduate students and post-doctoral scholars are encouraged to connect with communities directly or consult with the Graduate School associate dean about strategies for connecting with groups that will help you build a strong community.
Graduate Student Initiatives
Graduate Center for Inclusive Mentoring
GCIM’s objective is to equip mentors with the expertise and resources needed to help mentees meet their goals and expectations. Faculty training is developed from Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER) training curriculum.
Faculty receive formalized training and mentor development to mentor through a lens of equity and inclusion to best support the success of graduate student and postdoc mentees.
- Mentor and mentee trainings for CSU faculty, graduate students, and postdocs
- Graduate student centered socialization activities developed to encourage professional networks
- Recruitment and retention activities and programs with an emphasis on graduate students from underserved populations
- Consultative services to departments and colleges regarding graduate recruitment, retention, and professional development
- Grants for department level training are provided as funding is available
GCIM Mentor Well Faculty Certificate
Published evidence shows that mentoring impacts the outcomes of trainees across disciplines and career stages and that mentor education improves mentoring relationships. The Mentor Well training series is offered by GCIM and based on the Entering Mentoring curriculum developed by CIMER. It is intended for faculty mentors of graduate students, but will have useful information for mentors of all types. (In conjunction with working towards this certificate, the SMART Goals and Progression for Mentoring guide provides faculty with information, resources, and identifies levels of progression in the journey to reach the next level in their mentoring progression.) Participants who complete the full series of sessions listed below will receive a GCIM Mentor Well Certificate. Recommend sessions to begin your training are 1.) Maintaining Effective Communication 2.) Aligning Expectations.
- Aligning Expectations
- Maintaining Effective Communication
- Assessing Understanding
- Promoting Independence and Self-efficacy
- Addressing Equity and Inclusion
- Fostering Mental Health and Well-being
- Fostering Professional Development
- Mentoring Capstone: Building out your Mentoring Philosophy
CIMER TRAINED FACULTY
Mentoring Resources and Helpful Links
Graduate Student Experience Survey
The Graduate School is committed to the success of all students. To this end, the Graduate School surveys graduate students every two to three years to assess student satisfaction related to campus climate, professional development, and mentoring support. The results of our latest survey are here.
Student Task Force
The Graduate School commissioned task forces in 2016, one led by students and one by faculty, to develop white papers on mentoring. Links to the pdf documents are provided below:
Downloadable resources and helpful links for the community are below.
Advancing Education Scholarship – honoring the legacy and memory of Martin Luther King, Jr
Jack E. Cermak Advising Award
This award recognizes excellence in academic advising. Jack E. Cermak was a Professor in Civil Engineering who endowed this award because of his strong belief in the value of academic advising.
Graduate Ram Impact
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Principles of Community
The Principles of Community support the Colorado State University mission and vision of access, research, teaching, service, and engagement. A collaborative and vibrant community is a foundation for learning, critical inquiry, and discovery. Therefore, each member of the CSU community has a responsibility to uphold these principles when engaging with one another and acting on behalf of the University.