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Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement


OISE Overview

The Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement (OISE) is part of the Graduate School’s framework for providing an inclusive and holistic approach to graduate and postdoctoral scholar success. OISE supports scholar success through recruitment, diversity fellowships, professional and community development programming and ongoing support. Postdoctoral scholars receive a wide range of additional services through the Office of Postdoctoral Studies.

OISE works to advance a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, but especially for those from backgrounds historically underrepresented in graduate education and the academy. In collaboration with other partners within and external to the Graduate School, OISE supports graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in their “Pathways to Success” by providing and promoting programming organized into the following thematic focus areas:

The events, programs, webinars, and workshops address key areas for personal and professional development, including: balance and resilience, communications, community building and networking, ethics and integrity, leadership and management, and teaching and mentoring.

This collaborative programming offers graduate students and postdoctoral scholars the opportunity to build skills that are crucial to their development and success. OISE also provides leadership that demonstrates the University’s commitment to promoting a climate of diversity, inclusion, engagement, and achievement, which are integral components of graduate and postdoctoral education.

OISE Values Statement

We are a dedicated team that drives transformational change through innovative and collaborative practices.

OISE Mission: Advance. Engage. Develop.

  • Advance: To employ research-based best practices to advance the composition, engagement, achievement, and inclusion of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars
  • Engage: To engage current and prospective graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, faculty, alumni, university, and external partners to broaden the participation in and leadership of groups historically underrepresented within the academy
  • Develop: To foster a diverse and inclusive community that supports the development and progression of all graduate and postdoctoral scholars