Call for Applications: Emissaries for Graduate Student Diversity Program

Call for Applications

Emissaries for Graduate Student Diversity Program


Basic Information

  • Duration:  Fall 2014; Spring 2015; and, Summer 2015 (optional)
  • Position Open to:  all full-time IUB masters and PhD students
  • Hours per month:    less than three hours
  • Sponsor Department:  University Graduate School
  • Number of positions:  Twenty
  • Application Deadline:  Thursday, April 3, 2014
  • Interview Dates:  April 7 – 14, 2014
  • Website:

Program Description:

Purpose:  The Emissaries for Graduate Student Diversity are a small group of dedicated, energetic and positive graduate students with diverse backgrounds, degree plans, interests and extracurricular activities. They demonstrate student leadership and excellence as liaisons between diverse graduate students and Indiana University Bloomington.

The Emissaries for Graduate Student Diversity program will expand in 2014-15 into two separate emissary groups focusing on (1) recruitment and outreach; and, (2) retention and  community building.  The goal of the emissary program is to add a peer-component to the University Graduate School’s efforts for creating a positive climate for graduate students, particularly minority and underrepresented graduate students at IU Bloomington.

Recruitment and Outreach Emissaries serve as initial peer contacts for pre-application students.  Trained emissaries will provide suggestions for identifying an appropriate graduate program, specifically information that increases awareness of graduate study at Indiana University, explain graduate school funding and answer non-academic questions about graduate student life at IUB, Bloomington and other recruitment related questions to prospective graduate student applicants. Recruitment emissaries will also work and engage in dialogue with graduate programs, academic departments, Graduate and Professional Student Organization (GPSO) and the University Graduate School.

Each fall, graduate student recruitment emissaries collaborate with the GPSO to welcome new graduate and professional students at the fall “Get Oriented” event.  They participate in information sessions, student panels, webinars and personal recruitment activities. Graduate student emissaries will complete monthly blogs, attend monthly meetings each semester with other graduate student emissaries. Graduate student emissaries also provide personalized campus tours, upon request.  Meetings will be held with University Graduate School staff, and others interested in graduate recruitment activities.

Retention and Community Building Emissaries serve as resources for underrepresented and minority students who are just beginning their graduate program at IU Bloomington.  Trained emissaries will help build graduate student community, create networking support and serve as referrals to campus resources and providers.  Community building emissaries will also collaborate and engage in dialogue with the University Graduate School.

Community building emissaries are encouraged to be available in multiple ways by email phone and emissary program events.  Underrepresented and minority students will be encouraged to approach community building emissaries with transition and adjusting to graduate school issues.  There may be occasions when an issue or problem arises that community building emissaries are not equipped to deal with, on such occasions, emissaries should discuss options with the student for additional advice.

Budget:  $750 is allocated for each emissary to conduct recruitment and outreach activities; or, community building programming related to their emissary description.  These include recruitment events, fairs, networking events and activities.

Recruitment and Retention Emissaries will attend monthly meetings each semester with other emissaries. Meetings will be held with University Graduate School staff, and others interested in graduate retention. Photos and profiles of graduate student emissaries will be posted on the emissary blog site.

Required qualifications:  Applicants must be full-time graduate students in a masters or PhD program at IUB, be in good academic standing, and demonstrate involvement in program, departmental, university or community organizations. Preference will be given to graduate students who are involved in diversity-building activities and programming.

Training:  Emissaries are required to attend training sessions that include: spring introduction, fall training, and monthly meetings; and, participate in program activities throughout the academic year.  Member dedication is vital, as attendance and participation ultimately impact the effectiveness of this program.

The program will officially begin the week before classes begin in August 2014 and conclude May 2015.  Summer duties may be requested.

Required Application Materials by April 3, 2014

1.       An online data form

2.       Curriculum Vitae/Resume

3.       A one to two-page essay addressing past experience with similar initiatives, diversity-building efforts, cultural competency, community involvement or leadership skills and why you desire to be an Emissary for Graduate Student Diversity.  Email essay to

The application process concludes with an interview.  Applicants who advance in the selection process will be contacted for an interview.

Once selected, emissaries will sign a contract which certifies the understanding of program requirements and expectations.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding the Emissaries for Graduate Student Diversity Program, please contact Dr. Yolanda Treviño at or Rebecca Winkle at

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GPSO Research Award Winners

After review of 70 highly competitive applications for the spring GPSO Research Awards, we are thrilled to offer funding for the following graduate researchers:

  • Ozen Bas, Telecommunications – “Is a Picture Worth a Thousand Words? Potential of Protest Photographs in Motivating Citizens for Collective Action”
  • Thomas Bunting, Arts Administration – “The Impact of Influence Structures on the Arts and Cultural Landscape in Urban Areas”
  • Danielle Diadone, Second Language Studies/Spanish and Portuguese – “Second Language Learners’ Mental Representations of Words: Alternate or Fuzzy?”
  • Kristin Francoeur, Religious Studies/Gender Studies – “Toward a Re-Evaluation of Gender and Empowerment in ‘Development': The Impact of Religion on North Indian NGOs”
  • Steven Green, Psychology – “Identifying the Neural Correlates of Frustration”
  • Chelsea Hamm, Music Theory – “Inter-Opus Associations of Recurring Borrowings in the Music of Charles Ives”
  • Kaeleigh Herstad, Anthropology – “Detroit Reassembled: An ethnographic investigation of blight removal and ‘ruin porn’ in the Motor City”
  • Tamara Kharroub, Telecommunications – “Social identity and self-categorization in transnational Arab television: Identification with characters and adoption of their gender roles”
  • Sarah Monson, Anthropology – “Akan Bargaining Strategies: Language as an Instrument of Trading Negotiations in a Ghanaian Market”
  • Evanna Singh, Anthropology – “Play? Chores? Work? The nature of children’s domestic activities in Guyana”

Congratulations to all applicants on your fantastic projects!

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February Resolution

Last week, GPSO Assembly members passed a resolution urging Indiana University to identify and approve funding for a Campus Bicycle Master Plan (BMP) by the end of the month and initiate the request-for-proposal process no later than April 21.  GPSO encourages the university to pursue these initiatives in a way that prioritizes existing funds and minimizes the impact on IU students, faculty and staff.

Additionally, the resolution suggests specific campus improvements, such as an extension of the 7th Street bicycle lane between Woodlawn Avenue and Jordan Avenue, construction of a bicycle/pedestrian path on the north side of the IU Auditorium, and a signed bicycle route through the campus arboretum.  The adoption of a campus BMP could increase IU’s advancement beyond the League of American Bicyclists’ “bronze” ranking for Bicycle Friendly Universities and would correspond with a higher quality of life and degree of safety for users of all forms of transportation on the IU campus.

For more information, a full copy of the resolution is available on the GPSO Resolutions homepage.

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December Resolutions

GPSO’s December Assembly passed a resolution urging Indiana University to immediately cease any new investments in fossil fuel companies or in commingled assets that include holdings in fossil fuel companies.

Full copies of each resolution are available on the Resolutions homepage.


Fossil Fuel and Carbon Neutrality

Currently, the Indiana University-Bloomington (IUB) Energy Master Plan expresses interest in “improving the campus grounds, facilities, infrastructure and planning for growth guided by sustainable planning principles,” including moving toward a “carbon‐neutral campus”.  This resolution notes that students at more than three hundred colleges and universities in the U.S. have already launched campaigns to divest their institutions from fossil fuel companies.  The GPSO requests quarterly public updates from the President, Board of Trustees, and IU Foundation detailing progress made toward the goal of carbon neutrality.

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November Resolutions

GPSO’s November Assembly passed resolutions in regard to support of Freedom Indiana, IU Preferred Name policies, and potential changes to the IU SAA pay schedule and stipend disbursements.

Full copies of each resolution are available on the Resolutions homepage.


Freedom Indiana

GPSO passed a resolution in support of President Michael McRobbie and the IUB campus administration in the decision to join the bi-partisan Freedom Indiana coalition in opposition to House Joint Resolution 6 (HJR6).  HJR6 is a proposed amendment to the Constitution of the State of Indiana to explicitly prohibit same-sex marriage.

The 2013-2014 GPSO operates specifically with a vision of advocacy “for an inclusive and empowered graduate and professional student community.” Representatives and executives maintain that HJR6 would send an unwelcoming and negative message to the rest of the country, making it more difficult for Indiana University to recruit top-tier faculty, staff, and students while having an unjustifiably detrimental effect on members of the campus at all levels.

Freedom Indiana Support


Preferred Name Policies

GPSO passed a resolution urging Indiana University to prioritize preferred names in IT systems, to hide legal names in as many instances as possible, and to protect access to legal name information via request process to data stewards.

This resolution was prompted in part by concerns regarding academic honesty and course registration, university ID cards, and forced gender identification in the university application process, as expressed by the transgender community at IUB.

Read the IDS article.

Indiana University policy states that it will not discriminate against characteristics such as gender and gender identity. GPSO presents the “Preferred Name Resolution” in support of Indiana University respecting the right of its community members to use names other than legal names to identify themselves and acknowledges that a “preferred name” can and should be used wherever possible.

Preferred Name Resolution


SAA Pay Schedule

GPSO passed a resolution urging Indiana University to enact a September 5 initial pay date for fall 2013 Student Academic Appointees (SAA) and to evaluate the effectiveness of this change, with the goal of moving the first SAA pay date to August 31 in the future.

In the current SAA pay schedule, Indiana University Associate Instructors and Graduate Assistants receive payments twice in the month of September, beginning after the first biweekly pay period. This resolution responds to financial concerns of graduate students whose entire livelihood relies on a predicable disbursement near the beginning of each month. In future negotiations, Assistant Vice Provost McCammon, IU Payroll, and the GPSO will give particular consideration to the timelines specific to first-year and international SAAs.

Pay Schedule Resolution


Press releases have been issued to local and statewide media sources – keep an eye out for GPSO in the news!

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IU Media School Approval

The IU Board of Trustees recently approved the creation of the new Media School, merging the School of Journalism and departments of communication and culture and telecommunications.

Read the IDS article, quoting GPSO President Brady Harman.

This institutional change will have a profound impact on both undergraduates and graduates pursuing degrees related to journalism, communication, and telecommunication.  GPSO has an informational site compiling all of the information available to us, and we are encouraging as much student feedback as possible.

The University will be forming a Student Advisory Committee, and we will share information about involvement as soon as we can.

What does this mean to you as an IU graduate student?

What questions or concerns do you have?


To share your views:

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SAA Available: GPSO Programming Coordinator


The Graduate and Professional Student Organization serves over 9,500 graduate and professional students at IU Bloomington through providing academic support, advocacy, community-building and resources. The GPSO seeks applicants for the position of Programming Coordinator for the remainder of the 2013-2014 academic year.

The GPSO Programming Coordinator is a paid SAA 10-12 month position. This position organizes and executes social and academic events throughout the year. Events include Orientation Week, the annual Grad Appreciation Week (culminating in the Grad Bash), and monthly social networking hours, special family-friendly and cultural events. The Operations Coordinator also plans and implements academic, professional development and community building activities, in frequent partnership with university departments, student groups, and community organizations.

The Programming Coordinator works with the GPSO Communications Coordinator to market events to the graduate community. The Programming Coordinator also purchases materials for GPSO events in accordance with IU purchasing policies, manages the procurement card and works with the GPSO Treasurer to document these purchases and submit financial statements in a timely manner.

The Programming Coordinator serves on and assists the GPSO Executive Committee, and serves as chair of the GPSO Programming Committee in efforts to create and execute successful and relevant events. On occasion, the Programming Coordinator publicly represents the organization.

The position requires knowledge of common office applications, including Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as social networking applications, including Facebook. Successful applicants should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, be self-motivated, and work well in a close team environment. The ideal candidate will have experience collaborating with university organizations and community groups, and working with volunteers. Familiarity with Indiana University operations and the Bloomington community preferred. Vibrant, outgoing, and creative students with event planning and administrative experience are encouraged to apply.

Candidates must be enrolled full time as an IUB graduate or professional student and must be a U.S. citizen or a non-citizen authorized to work in the United States for the period of the appointment. NOTE: The Programming Coordinator may not concurrently hold positions as Associate Instructors, Graduate/Research Assistants, or be committed to other full-time or half-time work on conjunction with this position.

The Programming Coordinator is a 20-hour per week (50% FTE) position. Compensation includes tuition remission for 9 credits of tuition remission in the fall 2013; and 12 credits in spring 2014 semester excluding non-remittable fees; subsidized Student Academic Appointee Mandatory Health Insurance and a $10,000 stipend for the year. This position also includes mandatory summer work compensated at $12.50/hour. The assistantship is considered taxable income. Candidate must be available immediately to begin training.

Interested parties should submit the following application materials by 5pm on Thursday, September 26 to both GPSO at and Dean Yolanda Trevino at Please submit all materials electronically via email in ONE combined PDF file. Due to time restraints, we will not consider incomplete applications.

  1. Cover letter and résumé
  2. One current letter of recommendation from a source who can speak to the required skills
  3. Contact information for 2 additional references
  4. 300 word essay explaining your vision for increasing the relevance of the GPSO in the wider IU and Bloomington Community during the 2013-2014 academic year.
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Professional Development: Job Search, Application, and Interview

GPSO is excited to present a three-part professional development series in conjunction with the IU Career Development Center!

  • Wednesday, September 18
    • Researching Careers and Effective Job Search Strategies
  • Wednesday, November 20
    • Preparing a Resume, CV, Cover Letter and Reference List
  • Wednesday, January 22
    • Preparing for the Job Interview: The Importance of Strong Interpersonal Skills

This series is led by Jan Van Dyke, Senior Assistant Director, Specialized Career Advising.

For 11 years, Jan served as a director for career services at liberal arts colleges and a community college. Prior to his work in higher education, he held various positions in the non-profit sector. He was director of a non-profit organization as well as a volunteer for VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America). Jan was also a member of the U.S. Senate staff and held various positions in political campaigns, including serving as campaign manager for a U.S. congressional candidate.


Keep an eye on our e-newsletter and Facebook page to register for these events!

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Orientation Week Events

Events Card

Welcome back to Bloomington!

As part of graduate orientation week, GPSO offers several events to help keep you informed, comfortable, and connected in your new home.

Events Card

Thursday, August 22 – 2-4pm

Get Oriented @ IU Information Fair

Wells Library Main Lobby

Friday, August 23 – 2pm, 3pm

Insurance Q&A

Wells Library E174

Friday, August 23 – 7-9pm

Orientation Week Social Hour

Root Cellar, FARM Bloomington

Free appetizers!

Sunday, August 25 – 2-4pm

New Grad Student Picnic

Campus View Picnic Shelter

Free food and drink!

 The fun starts Thursday – we hope to see you at these events!

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IU Sustainability Fund: Don’t forget to check the box!

“The Sustainability Fund is a student-driven and student-run fund created to facilitate positive, sustainable change on IU Bloomington’s campus.  Our projects aim to further the three pillars of sustainability: economic, social, and environmental, while creating a direct, measurable, and lasting impact on the students and the campus community.

Each semester when you register for classes, you can make these projects reality by checking the box for the Sustainability Fund and donating $5.  Don’t worry, even if you didn’t check it when registering, it’s not too late!  Go to Onestart > Student Self-Service > Financial > View/edit Optional Services.”

- Adapted from the IU Student Sustainability Council website

The GPSO was instrumental in the development of both the Student Sustainability Fund and the Student Sustainability Council (SSC).  To date, we hold two active seats on the SSC while also maintaining our own a standing committee to continually address relevant issues facing graduate students and the university.

For more information, please contact our Sustainability Officer at

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