2 thoughts on “What does ‘inclusion’ mean to you?

  1. In the context of PhD programs that don’t guarantee funding for their students (especially those that don’t usually have funding mechanisms, such as teaching assistantships, available for their students), basic ethics demand that they should take some responsibility for the accuracy of the information prospective students are provided with about availability, and feasibility, of funding opportunities. I know of too many cases in which a student was told by their professor that there was a “99% probability” that there would be funding for the student at a later time, and then there wasn’t, for all of those “99% probability” estimates to have been accurate. I also know of several cases in which a student was promised the flexibility to be able to devote substantial hours to teaching assistantships, or competing for fellowships, in order to support himself/herself, but the promise was not honored. The unpredictability students currently face as to whether the understandings they have been given about how they can fund grad school will turn out to be true, creates an unwelcoming (and quite risky) environment for students who are not financially advantaged.

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