Monday, April 4, 2011

Call for Applications for the Emissaries for Graduate Student Diversity Program 2011-12

Being an Emissary for Graduate Student Diversity means helping others in the graduate school process, being available as a resource on graduate student life, and representing the strengths and diversity of IU to potential graduate students.

Emissaries are current IU graduate students from a variety of disciplines chosen to represent IU by the University Graduate School. Among other duties, these students produce a blog on student life (, answer questions about life as a graduate student in Bloomington (, and offer campus tours to visiting prospective graduate students (

Interested? Here are the details, including how you apply:

Basic Information
Duration: Fall 2011; Spring 2012; and, Summer 2012 (optional)
Position Open to: all full-time IUB masters and PhD students
Compensation: $500 stipend. Optional: Travel funding and/or $250 summer stipend.
Hours per month: no less than six hours
Sponsor Department: University Graduate School
Number of positions: ten
Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Required Application Materials
To be considered, please complete the following:

  1. An online data form ( must be submitted by April 19.
  2. A curriculum vitae/resume must be emailed to by April 19.
  3. A one-page essay about past experience with similar initiatives, diversity-building efforts, cultural competency, community involvement or leadership skills must be emailed to by April 19.
  4. A face to face interview is required.
Once selected, emissaries will sign a contract which certifies the understanding of program requirements, expectations and the basis upon which compensation will be received.

Additional Information
Purpose of program: Emissaries for Graduate Student Diversity serve as first contacts and initial resources for prospective graduate students, in addition to working and engaging in dialogue with graduate programs, departments, the University Graduate School and the Graduate and Professional Student Organization (GPSO).

Program Description: Graduate student emissaries will participate in information sessions, student panels, and new graduate student orientation. Graduate student emissaries will attend monthly meetings each semester with other graduate student emissaries. Meetings will be held with University Graduate School staff, and others interested in graduate recruitment activities.

The program will begin with a required session on Monday, May 2, 2011 and will officially begin the week before classes begin in August 2011 and conclude May 2011. Summer duties may be included.

Essential Functions: Graduate student emissaries promote peer connections between individuals interested in masters and PhD programs, especially in science, technology, mathematics (STM) disciplines, and current IUB graduate students. Graduate student emissaries serve as community-building liaisons between graduate studies and the graduate student body at IUB. Through e-mail, web logs, video blogs, and conversational video on Connect and VYou, graduate student emissaries answer non-academic questions about graduate student life at IUB, Bloomington and other recruitment related questions to prospective graduate student applicants.

Graduate students are required to submit a monthly progress report about their contacts with potential students as well as other recruitment activities to the University Graduate School.

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.

Compensation: Graduate student emissaries will receive a $500 research/travel award for the academic year. In addition, graduate student emissaries who conduct four 1-hour tours to prospective graduate students will also receive funding to recruit at their undergraduate institution or conduct a job talk. Summer duties will receive an additional $250 award.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding the Emissaries for Graduate Student Diversity Program, please feel free to contact Dr. Yolanda Trevino at