THRIVE: Graduate Scholars of Color


The THRIVE: Graduate Scholars of Color Program is designed to ensure that throughout the graduate school experience, graduate scholars of color are surrounded by a community of support, from staff across campus, faculty and student peers. Further, it will provide opportunities to engage in community-building activities, meaningful conversations, workshops and events that are Black, Indigenous and People of Color centered, queer and trans affirming, and open to scholars of all abilities and bodies.

Through intentional programming, THRIVE seeks to:

  • Foster a more inclusive academic and co-curricular experience for graduate scholars of color
  • Build community for graduate scholars of color
  • Support graduate scholars of color in their scholarly and academic pursuits
  • Support graduate scholars of color success to persist and advance in their graduate studies

Fall 2021 THRIVE Newsletter

Fall 2022


Graduate Scholars of Color are invited to join our 2-day THRIVE Summit. Over the course of our event, you will have the opportunity to hear from current scholars of color, participate in a resource fair, and join concurrent sessions that center the diverse lived and learned experiences of our scholars of color. This is an in-person opportunity that you do not want to miss! Please review the schedule below and indicate the sessions you would like to participate in. If you have any questions, please email

Day 1: Scholar of Color Panel and Resource Fair

Friday, October 7 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm | Register Here | In-Person

Join us for a welcome from Dean of Students, Quamina Carter, a resource and affinity group/club and organization fair, and a scholar of color panel featuring students who have received prestigious fellowships and awards or have participated in conferences or symposiums. We will be serving food and refreshments.

Day 2: Graduate Scholars of Color Mixer & Concurrent Sessions

Saturday, October 8 | 9:00 am – 2:00 pm | Register Here | In-Person

We will begin our day with a welcome and breakfast mixer. During the afternoon we will host concurrent sessions that feature faculty, resources, and support services. Please review the sessions below and indicate which one’s you would like to join.

Concurrent Sessions Block 1: 11:00-11:45am

Leveraging Institutional Resources – Office of Student Engagement
Join Interim Director of Student Engagement & Retention, David Estudiante (he/him) for a session that outlines ways in which scholars of color can utilize resources to continue to develop their scholarly identity and shape their research. During this session, scholars of color will create an account with the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) and review their core curricula. This session will also outline the proposal submission process for CGU’s annual Realizing Equity Research Symposium, so scholars of color understand how they can understand opportunities to share their research and work.

Navigating the Academic Job Market – Preparing Future Faculty
Join the new faculty Director of Preparing Future Faculty, Dr. Gloria Gonzalez-Morales, for a session that outlines the academic job market. Dr. Gonzalez-Morales will provide advise to scholars of color who are looking to enter into the academic job market. You will better understand how to leverage your research and skill sets, ways to approach the interview process, and how Preparing Future Faculty, specifically the College Teaching Certificate, can support your academic career efforts.

Concurrent Sessions Block 2: 12:00-12:45pm

Cultivating Academic Pursuits for Graduate Scholars of Color – Dr. JoAnna Poblete
Navigating graduate school can be challenging, especially for our graduate scholars of color. Join professor of History, Dr. JoAnna Poblete for a session that will highlight tips on how to not just survive but flourish intellectually in grad school and throughout an academic career.

Your Digital Brand | Your Professional Development – Career & Professional Development
The world works through networking and connecting! This workshop will guide you to understand your digital brand and your professional brand. We will delve through the world of digital communication as well as the development and maintenance of a Personal Board of Directors. Join us to navigate brand management to represent yourself in various industries.

Closing Session: 1:00-1:45pm

How to Thrive in Graduate School – Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services

As a Scholar of Color, we recognize that academia was not built with you in mind. Often, this necessitates Scholars of Color learn to navigate systems of power and oppression in order to be successful. This can include combating microaggressions and other elements that take a toll on your physical and mental health. Join this session to learn ways to empower and make space for yourself during the graduate journey.


Inside the Faculty Studios

THRIVE participants will get a special look “Inside the Faculty Studio” to learn more about faculty journeys to academia, the service and scholarship they are passionate about and why they are committed to research that matters.