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Why canceling student debt is anti-racist (and why we must do it): 2021 Graduate College Distinguished Lecture

As the national debate about canceling student loan debt continues to heat up, Dr. Andre M. Perry, noted educator, journalist and scholar, whose research focuses on race and structural inequality, education, and economic inclusion, isn’t afraid to wade in. 

Grants recognize work focused on equity, diversity and inclusion

In 2020, we were witnesses and participants in profound discussions of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.

Student advisory group recommendations for making handbooks more inclusive

The Graduate College kicked off the 2021 Building Networked Communities Summer Workshop series with a webinar focused on creating student-centered, antiracist approaches to graduate program handbooks. 

The difference between equality and equity is everything

“In this truth, in this faith we trust, for while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us.”  The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman

A few years ago, a colleague showed me the illustration below. For me it was a powerful and effective way to show the difference between equality and equity. Most people could agree in looking at this figure that supporting equity provides more favorable outcomes for all. 

Student questions answered at spring 2021 Graduate Student Town Hall

On Thursday, February 4, the Graduate College hosted its second Graduate Student Town Hall to address questions concerning a variety of topics submitted by students. Questions were answered by panelists Elizabeth Wentz, vice provost and dean of the Graduate College, Cassandra Aska, deputy vice president and dean of students, and Tamara Underiner and Enrique Vivoni, associate deans of the Graduate College.

Apply for a Knowledge Mobilization Spotlight Grant focused on innovation around issues of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion

Applications are now open for the Graduate College’s new round of Knowledge Mobilization Spotlight Grants. 

The first round of $100 grants were awarded in November to 10 students who developed innovative ways to continue and expand their research despite setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This round, the Knowledge Mobilization Initiative is seeking graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to share their innovations related to recent developments and discussions concerning social justice.    

ASU events celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month is the annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. This year’s theme, established each year by the Association for The Study of African American Life and History, is “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.” While former President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, Carter G.

ASU events promote wellness and equity for Sun Devils

Welcome back Sun Devils! During these hectic times, it is more important than ever to stay informed on current events and to take care of your mental and physical well-being. Here at the Graduate College, we want to highlight events for graduate students focused on equity, inclusion and well-being to help you thrive this semester.

New efforts to include Indigenous, Black and Latinx scholars

Yesterday, October 12, was Indigenous People’s Day. In the 1970s, several U.S. states began to recognize the systemic inequities that resulted from the conquest of the North American continent by recognizing indigenous People’s Day as a counter-celebration of Columbus Day. Arizona State University remains committed to the goal of creating opportunities for all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Together, we are up to the challenge

The time you spend during graduate school can be some of the most rewarding as well as the most challenging times in your life. It is an opportunity to create lifelong friendships and learn skills that translate into a strong career. It is also a time when you can be challenged the most intellectually, emotionally and often financially. There can be incredible uncertainty about how your hard work and learning will translate into a long term career under the best of circumstances.