Graduate Assistance

Graduate School Diversity & Inclusion Statement

The Graduate School is committed to developing high-quality educational opportunities for all students. Read the full statement down below.

Graduate School Business Hours

Regular Business Hours | Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Graduate School Fall 2021 Visit Protocol

  1. Prospective graduate students wishing to make an appointment with the Graduate School must complete an online appointment scheduler form.
  2. Graduate School appointments may be conducted virtually and in person. All in-person visitors will be required to wear a mask during the entire visit. Visitors who do not have a mask will be provided one. Refusal to wear a mask indoors will result in denial of services.
  3. Take a virtual graduate tour of Hood College.

Graduate School Contacts

For general questions, please email

Recent events on our campus and in the larger U.S. have compelled The Graduate School at Hood College to examine our office’s culture and to take actions against racism and divisive culture. We affirm that Black Lives Matter. We also believe that education has the power to improve lives. But education, like many benefits in our society, is not equally accessible to everyone. Underrepresented and marginalized groups have been experiencing inequity for centuries. However, The Graduate School is committed to developing high-quality educational opportunities for all students, especially students of color and students from other marginalized and/or historically underserved communities. As a team, we are committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) for all people. To that end, we are taking action by:

  • Improving our projected culture and practices in recruiting, welcoming and serving diverse populations of graduate students. This requires reviewing our services, resources and leadership opportunities, including the recent appointment of a diversity-inclusion liaison on our team (Vanessa Solis).
  • Supporting the DEIJ mission through education of faculty, staff and students, such as cultural sensitivity trainings and mental-health listening sessions, in addition to recruiting outside speakers with expertise in DEIJ practices. 
  • Evaluating our internal culture and practices to ensure we are doing all we can to be a more inclusive workplace.

We acknowledge the intersections across race, gender, economics, sexuality and educational equity, including the “digital divide” in online and hybrid education which disproportionately impacts students of color.  Most importantly, The Graduate School stands with the Hood College community against racist actions and violence against people of color and transgender individuals. This means that we are committed to engaging with our campus and local communities in tough conversations about inequalities, identify the signs of systematic racism and develop effective solutions.  We choose to be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem. We welcome your ideas for improvement—share them with us.