Center for Graduate Life Mission Statement

The Center for Graduate Life (CGL) reflects the Graduate School’s mission and supports graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in myriad ways. By creating opportunities for shared experiences and activities designed to support interdisciplinary learning, the CGL advocates for graduate student achievement. The CGL provides the space and programming to foster a diverse and cohesive graduate community that contributes to graduate student success and overall satisfaction.

The Graduate School Mission Statement

The Graduate School’s role is to foster excellence in all dimensions of post baccalaureate studies and is the primary advocate for graduate education and for graduate students at the University. Graduate education functions to explore and advance the limits of knowledge and define the state of the art in an academic discipline. Our purpose is to serve society’s needs in specific technical and professional ways as well as the need for intellectual expansion. In accomplishing this mission, the Graduate School values integrity, collaboration, efficiency, innovation, and inclusiveness in all that it does.


The Center for Graduate Life (CGL) values the importance of academic rigor and progress, as well as the holistic and professional development of the University’s graduate students and postdocs. The CGL’s initiatives focus on five core competencies that the CGL believes are critical to graduate students’ personal growth and professional advancement:  Communication, Leadership, Knowledge Development and Application, Diversity and Cultural Engagement, and Ethics and Scholarly Inquiry.

Communication (Oral and Written): Graduate students and postdocs at UNC Charlotte will develop the communication skills needed in order to write and speak effectively and persuasively using a variety of media. This includes preparing scholarly and peer reviewed publications, grant writing, public speaking, facilitating group discussions for various audiences, and increasing positive interpersonal relationships through communication.

Leadership: Leadership skills are invaluable in academia and beyond. UNC Charlotte students and postdocs will have wide-ranging opportunities to develop the leadership competencies necessary to motivate, inspire, and manage others. The CGL and the Graduate School will promote the development of ethical, competent leaders in academia and beyond, ensuring success in a variety of contexts. Mentorship, effective decision-making, problem solving, and management skills will be cultivated through graduate studies at UNC Charlotte.

Knowledge Development and Application: Graduate students and postdocs will develop the critical thinking skills necessary to teach effectively in all types of environments: academic, corporate, or otherwise. They will possess an understanding of the challenges presented in non-traditional and inclusive settings, and they will master the skills needed to create dynamic learning in any environment. UNC Charlotte graduate teaching assistants will become competent with the most current instructional methods and technologies, enabling them to stimulate critical, innovative learning in others.

Diversity and Cultural Engagement:  Employers in today’s highly connected and technological market seek employees who possess the necessary intercultural fluency that allow them to work well in diverse teams. Now more than ever, graduate students and postdocs must continuously expand their understanding of, and appreciation for, the important role collaboration and partnerships play in a variety of professional and academic settings. UNC Charlotte students will develop the particular skills set needed for successful cooperation at the local and global level.

Ethics and Scholarly Inquiry: Graduate Students and postdocs at UNC Charlotte will develop the necessary scholarship skills for success in their chosen discipline, while maintaining a fierce commitment to ethical practices, both personally and professionally. These skills will reflect the commitment to diverse ideas, academic collegiality, and to continued student learning--concepts inherent to an interdisciplinary environment. Graduate students and postdocs at UNC Charlotte will be committed to lifelong learning and remain active in the search for knowledge.



The Graduate School promotes and supports equity and excellence in graduate education.  In realizing this, the Graduate School values diversity through recruitment, enrollment, and hiring practices  Through the Center for Graduate Life, we seek to advance resources that are inclusive and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, or disability.  Emphasis is on providing supportive, educational, and self-exploratory endeavors that enrich the academic experience while nurturing diversity and the uniqueness of individuals.

To that end, the CGL has compiled resources to engage our graduate student community.  UNC Charlotte supports diversity of the graduate student community with resources both on our campus, and at other institutions nationwide.

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS) - A Commitment to Diversity

    CLAS provides resources related to diversity including plans and reports, diversity events, and campus diversity resources. CLAS is one example of the diversity efforts that each of the colleges at UNC Charlotte engages in. You are encouraged to view each college’s webpage for their diversity initiatives.

Division of Academic Affairs

    The Division of Academic Affairs promotes diversity through development,  promotion, and funding of initiatives including, but not limited to the:

Division of Student Affairs

    The Division of Student Affairs promotes diversity through support and activities to assist all students throughout their educational pursuits.

  • Counseling Center

    • Outreach and Educational Programs for our diverse population.

  • Campus Events

    • Events for all students vary from multicultural/diversity to graduate student, research and speakers/lectures.

  • Latino Student Services

  • Multicultural Resources Center

    • Provides resources and services to foster campus community and promote student involvement.

  • Religious and Spiritual Life

    • Religious & Spiritual Life (RSL), a sub unit of the Multicultural Resource Center, serves as a liaison for faith related matters within the University community.

  • Sex & Gender Diversity

    • The university offers various programming and resources for outreach, education, and advocacy to create a safe and inclusive environment that affirms students of various genders, sexes, and sexualities.

  • Student Organizations at UNC Charlotte

    • Provides a vast array of student organizations ranging from sports, fraternity, sorority, professional, and religious groups.  Search the Registered Student Organizations Directory.  Including but not limited to:         

      • Asian Student Association
      • Black Student Union
      • Caribbean Connection
      • Hispanic College Awareness Program
      • National Association of Black Accountants
      • National Society of Black Engineers
      • Organization of African Students
      • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
      • United Black Professionals
      • Association for Computing Machinery - Women
      • Association of Latino Professionals in Finance & Accounting

External Resources

Diversity in the News