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Presentation Focuses on Diversity in Graduate Education Through Admissions Practices
Educators Julie Posselt and Casey Miller will make the case for efforts to increase diversity in graduate education, and provide practical strategies for doing so by rethinking typical recruitment and admission processes in a presentation on Friday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to noon in 132 Lyman Hall.
Attendees will learn how common admissions mindsets and practices inhibit access for underrepresented groups, and leave with concrete strategies to change admission processes to yield improved diversity and equity. The event is free and open to the public. For those coming from off campus, parking is available in the Booth Garage. Those requiring accommodations may contact Zachary Schuster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posselt is an assistant professor of higher education in the USC Rossier School of Education and was a 2015-17 National Academy of Education/ Spencer Foundation postdoctoral research fellow. Miller is a professor and associate dean for research and faculty affairs in the College of Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Posselt’s research, rooted in sociological and organizational theory, examines institutionalized inequalities in higher education and organizational efforts aimed at reducing inequities and encouraging diversity. She focuses on selective sectors of higher education—graduate education, STEM fields and elite undergraduate institutions—where longstanding practices and cultural norms are being negotiated to better identify talent and educate students in a changing society.
Miller—aside from working as an experimental physicist focusing on nanoscale magnetic materials and related devices—has been recognized for his work on exploring methods for transforming recruitment, admissions and retention to increase access and inclusion in STEM for underrepresented groups. He is a recipient of NSF-CAREER and AFOSR-Young Investigator awards. He served as director of RIT’s Materials Science & Engineering program and associate director of the University of South Florida’s Applied Physics Ph.D. program.
The event is co-sponsored by the Graduate School, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering and Computer Science. For more information, visit graduateschool.syr.edu/gradadminworkshop/.