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About OIPD

The Office of Inclusion and Professional Development (OIPD) is part of the Graduate School's mission to provide an inclusive and holistic approach to graduate and professional student and postdoc success. OIPD supports student success through recruitment, diversity fellowships, professional development programming and ongoing support. Postdocs receive a wide range of support services, for more information visit the Office of Postdoctoral Studies.

OIPD Vision:

The Office of Inclusion and Professional Development (OIPD) supports an inclusive and welcoming environment for all graduate students and postdocs and fosters the development of their core competencies and transferable skills in the areas of career development, communication, leadership and management, teaching, responsible conduct of research, and personal development.

Our programing offers graduate students and post docs the opportunity to build skills which are crucial to their success.     The OIPD provides leadership that demonstrates the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and promotes a sustained climate of diversity, engagement, and achievement, which are integral components of graduate education.

OIPD Objectives:

Support the recruitment and retention of graduate and professional students, and postdocs.

Foster inclusion, diversity, excellence, engagement , and achievement  of graduate and professional students, and postdocs.

Enhance professional development by building core competencies and skills in the following areas:

  • Career Development
  • Communication
  • Leadership & Management
  • Teaching
  • Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Personal Development

Adapted from National Postdoctoral Association postdoctoral core competencies, 2007-09 and Michigan State University Graduate School, 2011.