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The Center for Inclusive Excellence in Graduate Education (CIE) strives to connect undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities and information about graduate education; advocate for the value of diversity in academia; work to remove barriers to graduate education for those from underrepresented racial or ethnic backgrounds and/or first-generation college students; and engage with the internal and external campus community to support a diverse campus community.
Currently, CIE provides programs to prepare undergraduate students for graduate education, to support the academic success of current students, and to offer resources and guidance for graduate recruitment and retention professionals at MU.

TigerView

CIE’s outreach to help recruit diverse students from across the nation.


The TigerView campus visitation program brings prospective graduate students with a serious interest in pursuing a graduate degree at Mizzou to our campus for a two-day visit filled with workshops, informational presentations, visits with campus resources and programs, and networking opportunities.

Every fall semester, CIE sponsors a campus visitation program for members of racial or ethnic groups that are underrepresented in graduate education (Black/African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Hispanic/Latino, or Native Pacific Islander) and/or first generation college students, who are genuinely interested in pursuing graduate school, and have an interest in one of MU’s graduate programs. Travel expenses, accommodations, and meals during their time in Columbia, MO are provided by the program.

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First Year Fellows Program

CIE supports a selected cohort of incoming underrepresented graduate students.

The First Year Fellows Program is designed to ensure that the Office of Graduate Studies’ Marshall, Ridgel, Carver, and McNair Fellowship recipients are provided with essential tools, information, and resources needed to enhance their successful pursuit and completion of a graduate program.

The First Year Fellows Program is designed to help ensure that the Office of Graduate Studies’ Marshall, Ridgel, and McNair Fellowship recipients are provided with essential tools, information, and resources needed to enhance their successful pursuit and completion of a graduate program. Additionally, the program supports TigerView Alumni. More specifically, through monthly seminars and various activities throughout the academic year, the program seeks to:

  • Equip students with the basic skills required to make a comfortable transition into the graduate school culture
  • Provide students with information on requirements and expectations in their department and the Office of Graduate Studies
  • Introduce students to specific protocols necessary for success in their program of study
  • Familiarize students with available University and departmental resources, key personnel and support networks, and the means to access them
  • Connect students with other graduate students from underrepresented groups, student organizations, administrators, and faculty at MU
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Glimpse into Graduate School
Seminar Program

CIE’s outreach to underrepresented and/or first-generation undergraduate students.

The Glimpse into Graduate School Seminar Program provides current undergraduate students with the resources, programming, and support that are necessary to achieve their aspirations for graduate study.

The Glimpse into Graduate School Seminar Program is an initiative that provides current undergraduate students with the resources, programming, and support that are necessary to achieve their aspirations for graduate study. The goal of the program is to empower students to develop the confidence and skills necessary for success in applying to competitive graduate programs and a comfortable transition to graduate education. Selected participants will attend seminars and workshops and complete assignments that encompass a wide array of topics.

The program also provides students who miss no more than one Glimpse seminar session and/or assignment (or combination as described in the syllabus) are eligible for an application fee waiver for graduate studies at the University of Missouri. Also, students who attend all Glimpse sessions and complete all required assignments will be eligible to receive a one-time refund of the cost of a standardized test required for admission to a graduate program. In the case of the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) this refund does not include any costs students may incur for General Subject tests, late fees, or test date change fees. In order to receive a refund for the standardized test, students must provide proof that the test has been taken.

For more information about Eligibility, Application, and Program details, visit the Glimpse webpage.

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Other Diversity Initiatives

CIE continually develops new programs and initiatives.

Currently, CIE is developing a quasi-third space for underrepresented, first-generation graduate students, and other diverse students to gather every two weeks for “90 Minutes with your Peers.” This pilot ran for six meetings in the Fall 2018 and will be reassessed and adjusted for the spring semester. If you want to be kept up-to-date with this initiative, please email Dr. Arouca.

Another initiative is to convene an Advisory Board to provide guidance in the development of a program that fosters leadership skills and activities/efforts to create a sense of belonging for underrepresented and diverse graduate student groups at MU. The board will be composed of 7 graduate students; requirements for board membership are being a) a graduate student in good standing at MU, and b) from an underrepresented group in graduate education. The goal is to have 5 meetings during the spring semester to guide in the development of a pilot program to be started in Fall 2019. Dr. Arouca will be accepting nominations, including self-nominations, until December 7. Please send a Résumé or CV and short statement addressing your interest in the board to aroucar@missouri.edu. All nominees will be informed by December 11 on board membership status, and those asked to serve will have a chance to confirm acceptance or decline at that time.