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Conversations in Graduate Education

This semesterly series offers seminars on special topics in graduate education for Stony Brook's graduate community.  

Spring 2023
Equity in Graduate Admissions

Facilitated by the Inclusive Graduate Education Network (IGEN), this 2-part, evidence-based workshop series will help foster reflection, healthy discussion, and practical strategies for equitably admitting graduate students. These conversations are primarily intended for West and East campus GPDs, GPCs, graduate admissions committee members, and department leadership, although all are welcome to attend.

  • Part 1: Fundamentals of Equity in Graduate Admissions 

    Wednesday, April 12, 2023 1:00 - 3:00 pm ET (Online via zoom)

    In this workshop, data and research are presented about the role of typical admissions practices in maintaining racial/ethnic inequalities in graduate education, as well as strategies for more equitable processes and outcomes.  

  • Part 2: Strategies for Equity-based Holistic Review

    Wednesday, April 19, 2023 1:00 - 3:00 pm ET (Online via zoom)

    Building on the first workshop, his hands-on workshop will help guide graduate admissions committee members and department leaders to articulate and assess their current admissions practices, learn how to develop an evaluation rubric that can be put to use, and engage in discussions that will help anticipate common challenges that may arise in shifting admissions practices.

To Request the Slides: Email Assistant Dean Kathleen Flint Ehm at kathleen. ehm AT 


Fall 2022
Graduate Student Mental Health and the Role of Mentors

On August 10, 2022, Stony Brook University Provost Carl Lejuez presented the inaugural entry in the Graduate School's Conversations in Graduate Education series. In his talk entitled, "Graduate Student Mental Health and the Role of Mentors," Provost Lejuez, a professor of Clinical Psychology, provides insights and tips for mentors on supporting graduate student mental health.

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