Due to the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus and the public health recommendations that come with it, Arizona State University will be celebrating with its graduates in the 2020 Spring commencement in a virtual, online ceremony. The format may be different, but our enthusiasm for celebration has never been more inspired and we encourage you to join us in honoring ASU graduate and undergraduate students the week of May 11. Planning is underway. For more details, please check back here for updates and additional information about online activities. Commencement FAQ page

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Community-building Initiatives

ASU attracts students, staff, faculty and postdoctoral scholars from all demographics, and its scholarly communities are strengthened by diversity and inclusion of a multiplicity of perspectives and ideas. The Graduate College mentoring initiatives offer engagement and navigation of academic, cultural and interpersonal identities in meaningful ways that enrich all graduate education and foster pathways between undergraduate and graduate education and professional careers.

SHADES cross-cultural mentoring

The SHADES cross-cultural mentoring program is a peer-to-peer mentoring program designed to encourage and develop intercultural competencies and identities. SHADES provides a forum for students to embrace and discuss the role of identity in academia and our lives, to seek out peers with shared social or cultural identities, and to explore the intersections of identity, learning and public discourse.

SHADES is open to all graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Apply to join as a mentor or mentee today. Note: you must have a current ASURITE ID to apply.


SHADES Participant Materials

SHADES program expectations form

SHADES mentoring agreement form

SHADES mentoring goals worksheet

SHADES personal resilience assessment form

HUES LGBTQ+ mentoring

Designed to bolster community engagement, increase representation, and provide critical identity-development and engagement opportunities to ASU’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) communities, HUES is open to any LGBTQ+ undergraduate, graduate student or postdoctoral scholars. Mentoring matches are made based on participant preference with options for peer, faculty or staff matching.

HUES is open to all new and current ASU students. Faculty and staff may apply as mentors only.  Apply as a mentor or mentee today. Note: you must have a current ASURITE ID to apply.


HUES Participant Materials

HUES program expectations form

HUES mentoring agreement form

HUES mentoring goals worksheet

HUES community identity blog overview