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Mission & Values

Our Mission

To facilitate and advocate for excellence in graduate education and postdoctoral training

Our Values

Our values define who we are. They provide the foundation for our work. They guide our actions and behavior. They influence the way we work with each other—and the way we engage with our constituents.

Diversity

Diversity is a driving force and a necessary condition for academic excellence. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment that embraces and respects diverse perspectives and backgrounds.

Collaboration

Good ideas can come from anywhere. We believe that working collaboratively—whether across the hall or across the world—makes us smarter, happier, and more successful. Being collaborative helps us remember that we share a common purpose.

Service

We are dedicated to providing unparalleled service to our constituents. We are approachable, transparent, and proactive. We believe in listening with compassion and responding with sensitivity.

Joy of Life

We believe in the equal balance of work and personal life. We work to promote balance internally and externally so that everyone can be happier, healthier, and more productive in their lives.

Integrity

We hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards of integrity and take responsibility for our role as good stewards of the global community.

Leadership

We believe everyone has the capacity to be a leader and it is our job to enable everyone we interact with to achieve their leadership potential—whether students, postdocs, or staff and faculty. We act as catalysts for change and lead by example as we pursue a shared vision.

Engagement

We believe that it is critical for our staff, faculty, students and postdocs to reach beyond the walls of academia in order to apply higher learning to real world issues.