Diversity of Views and Experiences Summer Institute
Where grad students get a running start
By Deane Morrison
Every summer, some of the U’s best and brightest entering graduate students gather on campus for seven weeks to get their feet wet in the world they will inhabit full time come fall.
These future scholars, teachers, and leaders have made the U’s Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Summer Institute (SI) program a resounding success since its inception in fall 1998. This year’s crop of 29 graduate students are building networks of support across the U through work with a faculty mentor, developing a research topic, and attending weekly seminars on communicating with faculty and proposal writing. Along with such essentials as getting acclimated to the Twin cities and their department culture and learning where to find all kinds of resources.
“Part of what we’re doing is creating the space where diverse experiences can merge,” says Summer Institute Director Noro Adriamanalina, director of academics and professional development in the Office for Diversity in Graduate Education (ODGE). “It’s a place where anybody with something weighing heavily on their heart can come and share.”