DSI’s motto is “Access. Opportunity. Development. Success.” Our programs fall into two buckets – Signature Programs and Strategic Partnerships – and are geared toward providing Access and Opportunity for minority STEM students in order to enhance their Development and lead them to Success.
The first Diversified Scholars Initiative’s Signature Program is the DSI Workshop Series. The workshops, held at Philadelphia-area colleges, focus on the support and development of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Current workshop topics include:
- Navigating the Academic Job Market
- Getting the Most out of Your Post-doc
- Avoiding the “ABD” (All But Degree): Strategies to Ensuring You Finish Your Dissertation
- “Alt-Ac” Jobs: Exploring options for doctoral degrees outside of academia
In the coming months, DSI will provide Signature Programs for undergraduate and K-12 students as well, creating a foundation of strong, effective programming across the educational spectrum.
DSI’s Strategic Partnerships will also provide minority students with access to other organizations targeted at ensuring their success in academia, such as Options Without Walls and the Drexel Black Graduate Student Union.