Graduate Support

GSC staff at UIWThe Graduate Support Center was established through a federal grant under the Department of Education’s Promoting Post-baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA) program.

The GSC’s staff focuses on these strategic goals:

  • Improve graduate and professional education
  • Increase internal and external recognition of graduate and professional studies and research
  • Increase external funding for ORGS programmatic support
  • Prepare graduate students for careers in the global economy
  • Promote diversity and inclusion in graduate and professional education

Our Services

Academic Support

To improve graduate and professional education at UIW, GSC provides resources, orientation programs, academic and professional workshops, and writing and statistical support. 

Career Development

GSC provides services to prepare graduate students for careers in the global economy. To this end, we collaborate with external and internal partners to help promote and recruit employers, organize events and workshops, and provide other career-related services. 

Special Events & Activities

These engagement activities aimed at improving the graduate & professional education experience at UIW.



Graduate Support Center Staff

David Ortiz

David Ortiz, Ph.D.

Director of the Graduate Support Center 

Administration Building, Suite 1A

(210) 283-6454

Dr. Ortiz manages the support services provided to graduate students by UIW. 


Cigdem Meek

Cigdem Kocoglu Meek, M.Ed.

Graduate Student Support Specialist

Mabee Library, Room 238

(210) 832-5628

Ms. Meek designs new marketing initiatives for the Office of Research and Graduate Studies and manages student information and services.




logo awardIn 2014, the Graduate Support Center was selected by Excelencia in Education as its National Example of Excelencia Award winner in the category of graduate education.

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In 2015 the Graduate Support Center was recognized by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics as a Bright Spot in Hispanic Higher Education.