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Happy Holidays from all of us at USU!

Last months UUHEALTH webinar Holistic Review in Graduate Admissions -- What we need to Know, co-hosted by USU, APLU, and the Council of Graduate Schools, was a great success! This webinar is part of an ongoing series that will run through spring 2017. The series is intended to stimulate discussion and engage university leaders around topics from the recent report Increasing Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce: Actions for Improving Evidence, supported by the NIH. Our next webinar, Addressing Unconscious Bias in Higher Education, is scheduled for Friday, January 13 at 12pm ET. For more information about upcoming webinars, please visit

And remember to save the date for the USU Summer Meeting on July 20 - 21, 2017. Next year we will be in Atlanta, GA co-hosted by Georgia State University. More details will be coming soon. We look forward to seeing you there for the exciting new agenda!
Holistic Review in Graduate Admissions -- What we need to Know
Watch the most recent webinar: Holistic Review in Graduate Admissions -- What we need to Know
USU in the News
University of Massachusetts Boston in collaboration with Hack Diversity, a new program connecting talented STEM students of color with strong companies in Greater Boston, is making the local tech community more diverse. 

The University of North Carolina Charlotte Graduate School’s program for veterans is offering assistantships designated exclusively for veteran students who are beginning graduate studies. 

Project Moving Forward is a vocabulary development program created by Linda Navarrette, who directs the initiative from the University of California, Riverside’s Graduate School of Education.

Morgan State University has received a $2-Million Grant from the United Negro College Fund to improve job outcomes of graduates.
USU Advisory
Donations are now being accepted in memory of Wayne State University Police Officer Collin Rose.
USU Contacts
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A full list of USU Contacts, including presidents/chancellors, main contacts, and strands. 
Campus and Community in Shared Spaces
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Faculty Reward Structures and Engaged Scholarship Issue
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The latest CUMU journal issue focuses on the impact of shared learning spaces on communities and what approaches higher education institutions have taken to promote “shared space for shared work.”
The CUMU article focuses on practical and diverse approaches to the challenge of integrating engaged scholarship into academic culture and policies.
USU Blog Opportunities
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We encourage you to share your innovations, case studies, reports, guest posts, videos, interviews, infographics, and more.
Latest from the blog:

Paving the Way for Student Veteran Success

In the military, everything is about being part of a team. You’re working with your fellow service members all day, every day, and you know that they’ll have your back no matter what. But when you leave the military, all the trust and camaraderie of that 24/7 team culture just disappears. Transitioning back to civilian life in general can be challenging. Navigating the complexities of a college campus makes it even harder.

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January 13, 2017: Addressing Unconscious Bias in Higher Education Webinar 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET

February 2, 2017: Hiring Diverse Faculty: Promising Practices Webinar 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET

March 8, 2017: Tracking Student Access to High-Impact Practices in STEM Webinar 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET

July 20 - 21, 2017: 12th USU Summer Meeting, Atlanta, GA
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