Professional Development Programs

The GSAS Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusion works with campus partners to provide workshops, seminars, and other programs for students pursuing careers in any field or sector, including academe.

Decentering Academia

OADI’s monthly seminar series centers the experiences of students from backgrounds that historically have been underrepresented in academic settings – primarily students of color and those whose identities are similarly marginalized and excluded. The seminars range in format from information sessions, panel discussions, and skill-building workshops, and cover topics intended to remove barriers to students’ capacity to thrive as students, scholars, and professionals. 

Scholars on Scene

The Diversity Film Series with Scholars on Scene celebrates heritage, culture, and identity through film. The free film screenings are followed by a talk-back session with Columbia scholars at the graduate, postdoctoral, or faculty level whose work is relevant to the film or the heritage group on which the event is focused. Graduate students can participate in Scholars on Scene as featured scholars or they may interview another scholar. Either way, students receive training, practice, and experience translating research and scholarship for audiences outside of their own disciplines. 

Graduate Diversity and Inclusion Fellows in Academic Administration

Every fall semester, OADI selects two graduate students (via a centralized GSAS application process) to serve as Fellows in Academic Administration for Diversity and Inclusion. The Fellows typically take on the role of co-coordinators for the OADI Diversity Research Collective, and they support the communications and event-planning functions of the office. In addition to the regularly scheduled professional development trainings and workshops offered by the FAA program staff, OADI provides on-the-job training and specialized skill-development to fellows appointed to our office. 

Graduate Student Mentors

Every summer, OADI hires 4-6 Graduate Student Mentors to co-teach weekly seminars and workshops and provide one-on-one advising to visiting undergraduate students participating in the Summer Research Program. The Summer Research Program hosts approximately 15 undergraduate interns each year. The students live on campus for 9 weeks and conduct independent research under the supervision of Columbia faculty in arts and sciences disciplines. 

Job Application Documents Consultation

Students can request an appointment to meet with OADI to discuss feedback on academic job application materials, including CV, cover letter, research, teaching, and diversity statements. Complete this form to request an appointment and upload documents for review.