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Diverse fields of study that share one
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Goal 3: Expand, Diversify, and Support Our Community 

Objective 3.4: Prepare more students from diverse backgrounds to become the next generation of professional leaders and scholars in health and human development. 

Action Item 3.4.1

Implement a holistic review process that better recognizes the potential of all prospective HHD applicants in the awarding of graduate fellowships.

Implementation Tasks icon-olus-circle
  • Develop and pilot a rubric to evaluate nominees for graduate fellowships (University Graduate Fellowships, Distinguished Graduate Fellowships, Bunton-Waller Assistantships, Graham Fellowships) with a subcommittee of Graduate Professors-in-Charge
  • Evaluate use of rubric as part of holistic review in awarding graduate fellowships
  • Distribute rubric and process to full group of Graduate Professors-in-Charge.
  • Award all fellowships based on holistic review
Responsible party icon-olus-circle

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education

Metrics icon-olus-circle

Increased number of fellowship offers extended to diverse candidates.

Start and end dates icon-olus-circle

Spring 2021-Spring 2023 (all fellowships awarded based on holistic review), then ongoing.

Action Item 3.4.2

Evolve graduate program admission criteria toward being based on a holistic review process that better recognizes the potential of all prospective HHD applicants.

Implementation tasks icon-olus-circle
  • Create a time-limited Task Force comprised of Graduate Professors-In-Charge, Unit Graduate Admissions Chairs, Graduate Students/HHD Reps from the Graduate Student Council to review progressive holistic graduate admissions approaches
  • Task Force presents recommendations on best practices for holistic review to the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education and Unit Leadership.
  • Requirement set by Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education for all programs to integrate a potentially flexible, minimum subset of best practices on a set timeline.
Responsible party icon-olus-circle

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education and Unit Heads charge to Graduate program directors and Graduate Admissions Committee Chairs.

Metrics icon-olus-circle

All graduate programs integrate some holistic review best practices into their graduate application review processes.

Start and end dates icon-olus-circle

Fall 2022-Spring 2023 (Task Force), implementation Fall 2023 - ongoing.

Action Item 3.4.3

Create resources that support and incentivize pursuit of training grants and related extramural funding opportunities (R25, diversity supplements, foundation grants) that incorporate a focus on diversity

Implementation Tasks icon-olus-circle
  • Offer a college-provided stipend bonus for extramurally funded training grant postdoctoral fellowship slots that are reserved for candidates from diverse backgrounds.
  • Develop a course-release program to support faculty pursuit of external funding that is geared to increasing the diversity of HHD undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate students.
  • Provide central support and faculty releases needed to assure HHD’s participation in the Partnership for Faculty Diversity post-doctoral fellowship program. 
Responsible Party icon-olus-circle

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education and he Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Outreach.

Metrics   icon-olus-circle

Mechanisms developed and widely publicized to faculty and applications for external funding to support training initiatives with some focus on educating students form diverse backgrounds up 50% during this five-year period compared to the past five-year period.

Start and end dates  icon-olus-circle

Spring 2021- Fall 2023 

Action item 3.4.4

Coordinate efforts across individual graduate programs throughout HHD’s academic units to reach and interest applicants from under-represented groups.

Implementation Tasks icon-olus-circle
  • Bring all academic unit stakeholders together at least twice per year to share successful local practices
  • Explore construction of a collaborative outreach model across academic units, coordinated centrally 
Responsible Party icon-olus-circle

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, Graduate Professors in Charge, and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion
 

Metric icon-olus-circle

Regular meetings established consensus reached on value of pursuing aspects of outreach centrally.

Start and end dates icon-olus-circle

Fall 2022 – ongoing.

Action Item 3.4.5

Develop a college-level, cross-program peer support network(s) for graduate students and postdocs from diverse backgrounds.

Implementation Tasks icon-olus-circle
  • Engage graduate student community (through Graduate Student Council and Academic Program student groups) and college post-doc community (through direct outreach) in a process to determine best structure for peer-support network
  • Create and resource graduate/postdoc cross-program peer-support-network(s) for HHD graduate students and postdocs from diverse backgrounds to meet, create community, support scholarship and advance professionalism.
  • Develop strategy to collect feedback from participants annually.
Responsible Party icon-olus-circle

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education and Diversity and Inclusion Office

Metric icon-olus-circle

A standing program is established for HHD graduate students and postdocs, to begin in Fall 2022.

Start and end dates icon-olus-circle

Fall 2022 - ongoing

Key Performance Indicators

Increased numbers of students from under-represented minority groups admitted to HHD’s graduate programs and increased sense of community among graduate students from diverse backgrounds across our programs.