Call for Volunteers Emissaries for Graduate Student Diversity Program 2013-14

Basic Information

Duration:  Fall 2013; Spring 2014; and, Summer 2014 (optional)

Position Open to:  all full-time IUB masters and PhD students

Hours per month:    less than three hours

Sponsor Department:  University Graduate School

Number of positions:  ten

Application Deadline:  Friday, April 19, 2013

Interview Dates:  April 23 and 24, 2013


Required Application Materials by April 19, 2013

  1. An online data form
  2. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  3. A one-page essay about past experience with similar initiatives, diversity-building efforts, cultural competency, community involvement or leadership skills must be emailed to
  4. Interview

Once selected, emissaries will sign a contract which certifies the understanding of program requirements and expectations.

Additional Information

Purpose of program: Emissaries for Graduate Student Diversity serve as first contacts and initial resources for prospective graduate students, in addition to working and engaging in dialogue with graduate programs, departments, and the University Graduate School and the Graduate and Professional Student Organization (GPSO).

Program Description: Graduate student emissaries will participate in information sessions, student panels, and new graduate student orientation.  Graduate student emissaries will attend monthly meetings each semester with other graduate student emissaries. Meetings will be held with University Graduate School staff, and others interested in graduate recruitment activities. Photos and profiles of graduate student emissaries will be posted on the University Graduate School website.

The program will officially begin the week before classes begin in August 2013 and conclude May 2014.  Summer duties may be requested.

Essential Functions:  Graduate student emissaries promote peer connections between individuals interested in masters and PhD programs at Indiana University.  Graduate student emissaries serve as community-building liaisons between graduate studies and the IUB graduate student body.   Through e-mail, web meetings using Adobe Connect, graduate student emissaries answer non-academic questions about graduate student life at IUB, Bloomington and other recruitment related questions to prospective graduate student applicants.  Graduate student emissaries provide personalized campus tours, upon request.  Each fall, emissaries collaborate with the GPSO to welcome new graduate and professional students at the fall “Get Oriented” event.

Required qualifications:  Applicants must be full-time graduate students in a masters or PhD program at IUB, be in good academic standing, and demonstrate involvement in program, departmental, university or community organizations. Preference will be given to graduate students who are involved in diversity-building activities and programming.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding the Emissaries for Graduate Student Diversity Program, please contact Dr. Yolanda Trevino at