Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement

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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, mentoring, professional, leadership, and community development programming, and ongoing support.

OISE works to advance a more inclusive, equitable, and welcoming environment for all graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, but especially for those from backgrounds historically excluded from and underrepresented in 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, teaching and mentoring, and developing an entrepreneurial mindset.

This collaborative programming offers graduate students and postdoctoral scholars the opportunity to build skills that are crucial to their development, success, and preparation for multiple career pathways. 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 Mission and Goals: Advance. Engage. Develop.

Our mission is for Cornell to become a place where all members of our graduate and postdoctoral communities, especially those from backgrounds historically excluded and underrepresented in the academy, can establish a sense of belonging, feel affirmed, see themselves represented in multiple dimensions, and where they can thrive, not just survive.

Advance

To advance positive systemic change and scholar focused efforts to make graduate education and postdoctoral experiences more accessible to and inclusive of all individuals, but especially by those from marginalized communities and backgrounds historically excluded from and underrepresented in the academy

Engage

To employ evidence-based practices to engage graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, and other partners in creating more inclusive campus environments that support the academic and social sense of belonging of all graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

Develop

To provide collaborative professional, academic, and community development opportunities that facilitate the progression and achievement of all graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, but especially those from backgrounds historically excluded from and underrepresented in the academy.

OISE Core Functions

We support scholar success through recruitment activities, diversity fellowships, mentoring, professional, leadership, and community development programming, and ongoing community and individual support. We contribute to more inclusive climates and cultures through initiatives and resources that support social justice, address inequities, and aid faculty in their understanding, development, and application of recruitment, selection, and mentoring practices that are equity-based, growth-mindset oriented, culturally attuned, and empathetic. The priority focus of climate and culture interventions is at the micro-level of graduate fields, departments, research groups, advisor/advisee relationships, and at the individual level with faculty, staff, postdocs, and students.