Who We Are

About Us

The Graduate Mentoring Center (The GMC) provides mentoring services, classes, and activities for graduate students, including specific programs for underrepresented minority students. Programs bring students together with their peers, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. The GMC co-sponsors these events with an array of university partners to provide the tools and resources necessary for success before, during, and after the graduate school journey. 

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.

Learn more about us here: Mentoring Future Mentors.

Current Staff

Maria E. Hamilton Abegunde, PhD


Research Areas: The role and impact of personal narratives on mentoring relationships, the Middle Passage, links between unresolved ancestral memory and emotion on contemporary violence; community healing, and the arts as a vehicle for social change and social justice.    

Graduate Assistant, Operations

Jennifer Park


Interests/ Concentrations: International students, mentoring, career development, leadership training, technology integration

Graduate Assistant, Programs

Shanalee Gallimore


Interests/ Concentrations: Counseling pyschology, program development, women of color in STEM, mentorship, mental health