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Graduate school can be hard. Sometimes a listening ear, a helpful word of advice from an experienced mentor, or just a warm cup of tea and a place to relax can go a long way. If you find yourself in need of support, we encourage you to reach out and connect with us. You are not alone.

The Office for Graduate Student Development and Diversity (OGSDD) offers the following informal advising options:

Individual Advising with OGSDD Deans

The OGSDD deans are happy to meet with you, not only to discuss your academic progress and needs, but also to address any issues that are troubling you. The deans can serve as intermediaries between you and an academic dean or faculty member. They will listen impartially and sympathetically if you need to vent.

Reach out to us early if you need support. Sometimes we can help prevent a small issue from ballooning into a crisis that interferes with your academic progress. 

Appointments are suggested, but not required. To schedule an appointment, contact Michelle Nearon

Peer-to-Peer Advising

If you are hesitant to ask a faculty adviser or an administrator for help, you are welcome to contact one of our OGSDD Fellows for peer-to-peer support instead. We will listen to you with compassion, offer suggestions, and advocate for you. The OGSDD offers a safe, comfortable space in the McDougal Center where you can meet with a Fellow to ask questions or discuss concerns. 

We invite you to learn more about the OGSDD Fellows and reach out to schedule an appointment to meet.