The Graduate Mentoring Center

To provide graduate students mentorship through various programs and events that support their successful degree completion and entry into the professoriate and/or other professions.

To develop and help graduate an intentional community of scholars who are culturally diverse and competent, mindful, and who consistently produce innovative research and creative works that have viable and sustainable impact on their communities.

To learn more about what we do and why, watch Mentoring Future Mentors.

Statement from the Director

I am thrilled and honored to be assuming the Directorship of the Graduate Mentoring Center (GMC) at this important time. Society is increasingly recognizing and striving to achieve the benefits of diverse, equitable, and inclusive institutions. It is more important than ever, therefore, that persons with diverse characteristics and backgrounds pursue graduate study, succeed in their programs, and move into successful careers building those institutions. Thanks to the sincere commitment of current and past administrations, the Graduate Mentoring Center is uniquely positioned to help achieve these goals on the Bloomington Campus. The research is clear that thoughtful mentoring is vital for the success of students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in higher education. It is my hope that the GMC can provide direct support to these students, as well as be a source of information and expertise for departments and schools around campus that want to grow their own mentoring programs and cultures. Our first step will be to conduct a strategic assessment to find out what students and other stakeholders need from the Center and determine its current capacity to achieve its mission. As a part of that assessment, I will look forward to talking with many of you in the coming months about the specific ways in which the GMC can best enhance doctoral mentoring at IU-Bloomington.

Sean Nicholson-Crotty, Director of the Graduate Mentoring Center


Programs are designed to create success through community-based and culturally responsive approaches. They fit within one or more of the following five tenets: Balance, Community, Culture, Mentorship, and Scholarship.

Together these five tenets and the programs offered through them form five holistic strands for understanding graduate student experiences and assisting them, postdoctoral fellows, staff, faculty, and alumni to create and sustain viable mentoring relationships and communities during and after Indiana University.

To review and register for our upcoming programs and events, please regularly check our Calendar.