About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a comfortable and safe environment where graduate students and postdoctoral fellows can network and get personal and professional support and development to enhance career success. Our services and programming focus on helping students refine and strengthen five core competencies proven to enhance chances for success beyond graduation:

  • Communication: Communicating with clarity and persuasion through scholarly and peer reviewed publications, grant writing, public speaking, group discussions and interpersonal relationships.
  • Leadership: Through sponsored events and student organizations such as the Graduate Life Fellows, the CGLL provides many opportunities to develop the ability to mentor, motivate, inspire, and lead – and do it ethically.
  • Teaching: Understanding how to help others learn in a variety of settings is a priceless life skill.  Students learn how to address the challenges of non-traditional and inclusive settings and create dynamic learning in any environment using the latest instructional methods and technologies.
  • Cultural Engagement: Employers in today’s increasingly global market seek employees who possess the intercultural fluency to accomplish more with diverse teams. Through the CGLL’s programs and courses, students learn valuable skills that will help ensure their success.
  • Ethics and Scholarly Inquiry: Becoming an effective researcher requires the right tools, the right processes and a rigorous attention to ethics. Through the CGLL, students learn to apply software tools in research and acquire skills that reflect commitment to diverse ideas, academic collegiality, and continuous learning.


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