OADI Research Collective


OADI Research Collective 

The Diversity Research Collective is a cohort-based, year-long program comprising GSAS graduate students across multiple disciplines. All participants must be actively conducting research on topics that have particular relevance for communities affected by persistent marginalization and exclusion. This work might include an explicit focus on the social, educational, economic, health, environmental, and other inequities that derive from marginalization and exclusion, but can also focus on these communities in and of themselves or have only indirect implications for them. Often, research and scholarship in these areas is itself marginalized, limiting the possibilities for the creation of new knowledge. 

The Diversity Research Collective provides a space for emerging scholars to explore and refine their ideas among a supportive, collaborative, and affirming community. It is designed to be an incubator for interdisciplinary thought and an exercise in public scholarship. Originally conceived by graduate students serving as OADI Fellows in Academic Administration, the Collective engages critical conversations about the impact that research and scholarship on, about, and implicating marginalized groups can have on the members of those communities as well as the broader academic enterprise. Importantly, it seeks to bridge these two constituencies in the knowledge-making process. 

Program Components

  • Monthly cohort meetings throughout the fall and spring semesters where participants present their ideas and receive feedback from their peers
  • Occasional readings and workshops on public scholarship and applications to participants’ work
  • Regular practice in horizontal leadership and development of relevant skills
  • Spring semester capstone project and presentation (e.g., op-ed, TED-style talk, congressional hearing testimony) engaging both academic and public audiences

Who Should Apply

GSAS master’s and doctoral students at any level can participate. All participants must be actively working on an independent scholarly project (e.g., thesis, dissertation, conference paper) on which they have made significant conceptual progress and that could benefit from perspectives outside of their disciplines. Projects need not be explicitly focused on marginalized communities, but participants should be interested in exploring the relevant implications and developing those ideas. Participants should have some interest in learning more about public scholarship and incorporating it in their work. For scientists, this can be helpful in developing activities to actualize the broader impacts (now required for grant proposals to the National Science Foundation) of your research. 

Applications will be available in October, 2019. 

QUESTIONS? Email us at GSAS-diversity [at] columbia.edu.