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Fundamentals: Equity in Graduate Admissions Workshop

October 20, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Date: October 20, 2021

Time: 12-2:00 pm EST (box lunch available at 11:30am)

Location: 148 Stocking Hall

Registration: https://bit.ly/2021_Equity_Fundamentals



Julie Posselt, Associate Professor of Higher Education and Associate Dean of the Graduate School, University of Southern California, and Associate Professor of Higher Education

Casey W. Miller, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs and Professor Chemistry and Materials Science, Rochester Institute of Technology

Session Summary

This session presents data and research about the role of typical admissions criteria and practices in maintaining racial/ethnic inequalities in graduate education. Participants will be introduced to practical strategies for rethinking typical admissions criteria and processes, with a focus on equity-based holistic review and embedding attention to equity throughout the admissions and recruitment process. All aspects of this session are rooted in current research. Participants will learn how common admissions mindsets and practices tend to inhibit access for underrepresented groups and will be introduced to strategies to improve diversity & equity through holistic review processes. Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • Diversity & Inequality in Graduate Education
  • Legal landscape for affirmative action & race-conscious admissions
  • Common admissions practices: What does the research say? What are the problems?
  • Implicit bias in graduate recruitment and admissions
  • Current research on the GRE
  • Introduction to holistic review

This workshop is sponsored by the Graduate School Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement, and Future Faculty and Academic Careers with support from the National Science Foundation (grant number 1647094; CIRTL AGEP).

Questions? Contact grad_assoc_dean@cornell.edu.

About the Speakers

Julie Posselt is Associate Professor of higher education and Associate Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Southern California. She directs the California Consortium for Inclusive Doctoral Education as well as the Research Hub for the Inclusive Graduate Education Network, two research-practice partnerships. She held a fellowship from 2015-2017 with the National Academy of Education, and has published three books and more than 50 peer-reviewed research papers and book chapters. Her career is dedicated to advancing equity and inclusion in graduate education and the disciplines: within her research team, university, and nationally.

Casey W. Miller is Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs in the College of Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology.  He is an experimental physicist focusing on nanoscale magnetic materials and related devices.  Dr. Miller is director of the Inclusive Practices Hub of the NSF INCLUDES Alliance: IGEN (Inclusive Graduate Education Network), and has been recognized for his work on exploring methods for transforming recruitment, admissions, and retention to increase the access and inclusion in STEM for members of historically underrepresented groups.


October 20, 2021
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Careers - Non-Academic, Diversity & Inclusion
Graduate School, Graduate Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement