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Spring 2013 Message to the Community

Modified: June 19, 2014

Dear Members of the Graduate Community,

This year, The Graduate School has experienced a number of successes, and as we prepare to conclude the academic year, I wanted to share a few of those with you.

The Graduate School began to recognize our partners in creating an institutional culture that values diversity, service to constituents, and engagement with our community (the three pillars of our strategic plan launched in January 2013.) This year, TGS began honoring partners whose work in these three areas has been exemplary. The amount of great work in our community around our three strategic pillars is extraordinary and I look forward to recognizing achievements in these areas again this fall.

Over the past few months, I traveled with representatives from The Graduate School and graduate faculty from several of our doctoral programs to a number of minority-serving undergraduate institutions, raising awareness about resources and programming available to doctoral students at Northwestern and building upon our network. I am excited to report that we are beginning to see an increase in applications and enrollments in some areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM disciplines) thanks in part to great efforts by our faculty in many of these programs. Before long, TGS will issue its first annual diversity report, which will provide diversity data on all 63 of our PhD programs.

In April, for the second consecutive year, we welcomed directors of undergraduate study and students from Historically Black Colleges and Hispanic-Serving Institutions during Introduction to Graduate Education at Northwestern Days. During this visit, our guests toured both our Evanston and Chicago campuses, meeting students and faculty in our programs, and learning about the prospects for graduate study at Northwestern. I look forward to building further upon our recruitment pipeline of underrepresented minority students during the next academic year.

On a personal note, I have enjoyed all of the ways in which I have been able to connect with our community this year, including:

  • Viewing final presentations in the Ready, Set, Go program, which helps students effectively communicate their research to broad audiences.
  • Personally greeting the 400+ guests at our annual holiday party.
  • Inaugurating new Presidential Fellows, and speaking to proud faculty and family members in attendance.
  • Hearing from students that they appreciate and take advantage of our efforts to build community across programs. Students show us again and again that these initiatives are of value by attending and taking advantage of our TGS Nights Out, Days Out, and Professional Development programming.

On June 20, The Graduate School will host its twelfth annual PhD and MFA Hooding Ceremony at Cahn Auditorium. This event is one of my favorites, as it is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our degree recipients with friends, family and the Northwestern community. For those of you who will be participating in the ceremony, I look forward to greeting you there.

Meanwhile, let me take this opportunity to wish all of you a wonderful and safe summer.

With Warmest Regards,

Dwight A. McBride
Dean of The Graduate School and Associate Provost for Graduate Education

From the Dean