On Monday, April 27th, the Graduate School will virtually host Achieve & Uplift, an evening of inspiration for both graduating and continuing Community of Scholars Program (COSP) students. Based in the Graduate School Diversity Office, COSP works towards creating an institutional environment that supports the academic and professional success of Native American graduate students and domestic graduate students of color who are underrepresented in academia
Hosted by the Graduate School Diversity Office's Director of Retention & Success, Cori Bazemore-James, event speakers include University of Minnesota Regent Kao Ly Ilean Her, Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education Scott Lanyon, and Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Director of the Graduate School Diversity Office Yoji Shimizu.
Time will be spent recognizing the role of mentors who played an integral part in the success of current graduates, and graduates themselves will have the option to give a 2-minute speech offering thanks to their own communities of support, as well as words of wisdom and motivation to COSP Scholars still forging their path in graduate education.
The program will close with an honor song performance by Micah Nickey, Sicangu Lakota and Mississippi Band of Choctaw, of the Wo Ohitika Drum Group.