About the Committee
The School of Graduate Studies established the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Graduate Student Advisory Committee in 2022 to advise on the implementation of the SGS DEI Strategic Plan and on DEI priorities beyond the strategic plan. The committee is comprised of students from across disciplinary areas who serve a one-year term and are compensated for their time. The committee meets monthly throughout the academic year, rotates facilitation responsibilities, and is organized through the following five subcommittees:
- Affinity Groups
- Inclusive Curriculum and Mentoring
- Graduate Student Engagement and Outreach
- Holistic Student Supports
- Professional Development and Career Preparation
Through building peer-to-peer connections, fostering relationships with campus partners, and designing projects/deliverables around their specific subcommittee topic, the committee aims to contribute to a more just, equitable, and inclusive graduate education experience. At the conclusion of their term, committee members will participate in an annual showcase to present their subcommittee deliverables and reflect on their committee experience with the broader Rutgers community.
Learn more about the 2023 DEI Graduate Student Advisory Committee below!
Questions? Contact the committee conveners:
Gabriela (she/her) is a third year PhD student in Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese researching how assumptions about a person’s race and whether they are ‘native’ or ‘non-native’ speakers of a language shape listeners’ attitudes. Furthermore, she examines how this type of language stereotyping can lead to language-based discrimination in the workplace, as well as influence employment criteria, thus, disadvantaging multilingual individuals. Gabriela’s anti-bias approach extends past her research into her teaching, in which she adopts an intersectional and equity-oriented lens to advocate for redesigning curricula to make them more inclusive and accessible.
Shannon is a first-year PhD student who is dedicated to making a positive difference through active engagement, discussion, and collaboration to foster an environment that is successful for graduate students in the Rutgers community. As a recent graduate from the University of Miami and an aspiring marine ecologist, she is passionate about combining her love for science with public education and outreach. She believes that it is essential to increase financial opportunities and supportive infrastructures to promote the growth of underrepresented students in higher education.
Zoey Eddy (she/her) is a 2nd year doctoral student in the Social Psychology program. Her research focuses on experiences of multiracial individuals and perceptions of multiracial identity and pathways to reduce racial essentialism (i.e., believing that race is biological and fixed). She is involved in multiple DEI committees, has mentored underrepresented students through the RiSE at Rutgers summer research program, and co-created Rutgers Diversifying Psychology Day.