The 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
To improve graduate and professional education at UIW, GSC provides resources, orientation programs, academic and professional workshops, and writing and statistical support.
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.
These engagement activities aimed at improving the graduate & professional education experience at UIW.
Graduate Support Center Staff
David Ortiz, Ph.D.
Director of the Graduate Support Center
Administration Building, Suite 1A
Dr. Ortiz manages the support services provided to graduate students by UIW.
Cigdem Kocoglu Meek, M.Ed.
Graduate Student Support Specialist
Mabee Library, Room 238
Ms. Meek designs new marketing initiatives for the Office of Research and Graduate Studies and manages student information and services.
In 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.
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.