Graduate School expands diversity recruitment efforts
Among the people striving to increase the number of talented students from underrepresented backgrounds at Yale are the staff and fellows at the Office for Graduate Student Development and Diversity (OGSDD), who recruit, advise, and mentor students as they apply to and matriculate at the Graduate School. Led by Associate Dean Michelle Nearon and Assistant Director of Diversity Denzil Streete, the OGSDD team recruits prospective students from across the country through consultations, campus visits, and webinars, and supports Yale Graduate School students through programming dedicated to academic guidance, professional development, and personal mentorship.
For example, a program that students have found particularly useful is Transitions, which helps incoming graduate students adjust to some of the rigors of Yale that they may not have faced at their undergraduate institutions by offering specialized workshops and peer-to-peer advising sessions with OGSDD Fellows, who are students in their later years at the Graduate School. Thus, in addition to helping graduate students find their footing at Yale, OGSDD empowers students to become leaders for the university’s next generation of scholars.
OGSDD encourages applicants from underrepresented backgrounds to schedule an appointment with Nearon to discuss applying to and studying at Yale, as well as to apply to Yale Diversity Preview Days running this fall from September 19-21. The application deadline for Diversity Preview Days is April 30, and more information on all OGSDD programming can be found online in the Diversity section of the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences website.