Preliminary Program

Welcome and introductions

10:30 – 10:35 am

Henning Schroeder, Professor and Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education, University of Minnesota

Introduction of panelists

10:35 – 10:40 am

Henning Schroeder

Panel presentation

10:40 – 11:30 am

  • Julie Posselt, Assistant Professor, School of Education, University of Michigan
  • Barbara J. Wilcots, Associate Provost of Graduate Studies, Office of Graduate Studies; Dean, DU-Iliff Joint Doctoral Program in the Study of Religion; and Associate Professor in the Department of English, Divisions of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; University of Denver
  • Cally Waite, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Program in History and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University; Program Director, Mellon Mays Graduate Initiative Program, Social Science Research Council

Moderated discussion                                 

11:30 am – 12:00 pm  

Michael Goh (moderator), Associate Professor and Associate Vice Provost, Office for Equity and Diversity; Director, Institute for Diversity, Equity and Advocacy (IDEA), University of Minnesota

Buffet lunch

12:00 m – 12:45 pm    


12:45 – 1:00 pm                    

Panel presentation 

1:00 – 1:45 pm


  • Victor Barocas, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Science and Engineering
  • Nue Lor, Master’s Student, Multicultural College Teaching and Learning; President, Graduate Students of Color Alliance
  • Greg Cuomo, Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs; College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
  • Snider Desir, Doctoral Candidate, Integrative Biology and Physiology; President, Black Graduate and Professional Student Association
  • Noro Andriamanalina, Ph.D., Director of Academic & Professional Development, Office for Diversity in Graduate Education


  • Catherine R. Squires, Ph.D., Professor of Communication Studies; Director, RIGS (Race, Indigeneity, and Sexuality) Initiative, College of Liberal Arts

Concurrent discussion sessions

1:45 – 2:30 pm           

Session 1: What do we mean by diversity in graduate and professional education? (Room 324)

What is diversity? What do we mean by diversity in graduate and professional education?  How can we communicate this meaning clearly and visibly across the institution?  How can we encourage our faculty, graduate/professional students and staff to have fruitful conversations about diversity?

Yoji Shimizu, Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology; Director, Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D./Ph.D.); Assistant Dean of Graduate Education, Medical School
Virajita Singh, Assistant Vice Provost, Office for Equity and Diversity; Senior Research Fellow and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Design for Community Resilience – Center for Sustainable Building Research, College of Design

Session 2: Recruiting for diversity in graduate and professional education (Room 303)

How do we attract/recruit more graduate and professional students from traditionally underrepresented populations?  What strategies should we use?  What strategies work best?  What strategies work best at the University of Minnesota?  What are promising, or proven, strategies elsewhere?

Bianet Castellanos, Associate Professor and Interim Chair, Department of American Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Jon Gottesman, Ph.D., Director, Office of Biomedical Graduate Research, Education and Training, Medical School; Administrative Director, Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Session 3: Avoiding implicit bias in graduate/professional student admissions (Room 325)

How do we avoid implicit bias in deciding which graduate and professional students to admit?  What are best practices for a holistic and unbiased process?  How should we use standardized test scores, and what do (and don’t) they mean?

Karen Miksch, Associate Professor; Coordinator, Higher Education Programs; Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development; College of Education and Human Development
Patricia Jones Whyte, Ph.D., Director, Office for Diversity in Graduate Education, Office of Equity and Diversity

Session 4: Creating a climate conducive to student success (Mississippi Room)

How do we create an inclusive environment and provide the right kind of support to help ensure academic success for a diverse population of graduate and professional students?   What can individual graduate programs do to ensure a supportive climate?  What is the role of the colleges, faculty and students? What partnerships are critical in providing both a supportive climate and programming for all students?

Noro Andriamanalina
, Ph.D., Director of Academic and Professional Development, Office for Diversity in Graduate Education, Office of Equity and Diversity
Thorunn Bjarnadottir, Director of Intercultural Education, International Student and Scholar Services


2:30 – 2:40 pm           

Where do we go from here? Recommendations and two key action steps from each discussion group

2:40 – 3:15 pm

Moderator: Catherine R. Squires

Next steps and closing remarks                        

3:15 – 3:30 pm             

Karen Miksch

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016
10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Mississippi Room, CMU

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