Community Building for Grad Students and Postdocs

The “Community Building Experience” is a retreat, sponsored by PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), that involves team building exercises and bonding opportunities for graduate students, staff, and faculty who are dedicated to increasing the numbers and diversity of Ph.D.s in fields supported by the National Science Foundation.  The “Community Building Experience” is another major activity of the PROMISE training program.  Each PROMISE program is designed to equip graduate students with tools and experiences that will enhance completion of the Ph.D. degree, motivate potential transition to the professoriate, and encourage subsequent success in the academy.  The PROMISE Community Building Experience has been held at the Coolfont Conference Center and the Rocky Gap Resort and Conference Center during either the end of February or the beginning of March, with programs facilitated by the Outward Bound Professional group.  All graduate students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines, ethnicities, and backgrounds are invited to attend!

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Published by Renetta Garrison Tull

Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull is the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at the University of California Davis. She previously served as Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives at The Graduate School at UMBC, and was Professor of the Practice in the College of Engineering & IT. She was Special Assistant to the Sr. Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Director of Graduate and Professional Pipeline Development for the University System of Maryland (12 institutions). She is the Founding Director of PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) –, and Co-PI for the USM LSAMP. Her research on global diversity in STEM continues, and she is an international speaker, covering nearly all continents, for groups and conferences such as the World Engineering Education Forum, the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies, and the Pacific Sciences Congress. Her personal website is: Connect with her on Twitter: @Renetta_Tull;

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