PAM PhD Preview Event Hosts Over 50 Participants

Rene Crespin, Tatiana Padilla, Grace Phililps

On Saturday, October 10th, 2020 the PAM PhD program hosted a PAM Preview Day, aimed to raise awareness about the PhD program, and also increase the number of underrepresented Minorities (URM) within future cohorts. Out of the 50 participants, 70% identified as underrepresented Minorities. Participants were able to meet faculty and current graduate students, learn about student life as well as diversity and inclusion at Cornell and also get an in-depth look at the graduate school application process. PAM PhD students, Rene Crespin, Tatiana Padilla, and Grace Phillips (pictured above) led the initiative, planning and organizing the entire event. Working with Anitra Douglas-McCarthy, Senior Director of Recruitment and the OISE graduate school recruitment office, the student-led team attracted potential applicants from academic institutions and industry, alike. Padilla said, “Our PAM community came together to acknowledge our duty and agency in improving representation of URM folks in higher education, graduate school and academia”. Although current health and safety measures required the event to be online, it served as a blueprint on how to deliver enriching content in an equitable way.