Not All the Same is an initiative from the Society of Graduate Students Equity Committee.
The purpose of this campaign is to highlight the various experiences our diverse graduate student population comes from, and to break stereotypes (young, single, 100% time for academics, no dependents etc.) associated with graduate students. For example, we have students that are international, have part-time jobs, research away from campus, returned to graduate school after a career, are parents, and more.
Every term, two experiences will be shared with student interviews and a list of resources/opportunities that may resonate with students. The purpose is to assure all students are celebrated for the experiences they bring to our graduate program, and to educate peers and faculty members about the unique students we have in our program, because we are all Not All the Same but deserve equal access to a successful graduate program.
The first experience we are sharing is students who have returned to grad school after a long career and are 50+ years of age.