Summer Success Symposium

Cornell University Summer Success Symposium
Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Advancing First Generation & PhD Students of Color

Summer Success Symposium (S3) Overview

Diversity Programs in Engineering and the Graduate School Office of Inclusion & Student Engagement, with sponsorship from the Cornell Chapter of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, will hold the 2018 Summer Success Symposium (S3) on August 15, 2018 at Cornell University.

S3 is a one day event for new and continuing MS/PhD and PhD students from across all graduate fields who have received fellowships in support of diversity, and/or identify as first generation college (FGC) students and/or students of color. Through this symposium, participants have the opportunity to form connections and establish community. This symposium also provides participants with the opportunity to engage with successful Cornell PhD alumni and faculty with shared experiences as diversity fellows, FGC, and/or PhD students of color.

Summer Success Symposium keynote and session content will focus on providing participants with access to knowledge and insights that will help them navigate their successful transition to and progression in their graduate studies.

Symposium Details

Please check back regularly for updates as the date of the symposium approaches.


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Conference Attire

Business casual attire is appropriate for all symposium activities.​


We are firmly committed to providing a conference experience and environment that is equally welcoming, inviting, and user-friendly for all attendees.

Special Meal Requests

Please contact Alyssa Lopez ( if you require a special meal request (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, kosher, etc.) during meal events. We will do our best to accommodate. Meals are pre-ordered before the conference; consequently, special meal requests received onsite cannot be guaranteed.

Persons with Disabilities

We strive to host a conference that is accessible to all. Please be sure to e-mail Alyssa Lopez ( to let us know if you require any special accommodations to participate in this event. Special requests received onsite or less than two weeks before the conference cannot be guaranteed. However, we will do our best to assist you.


Contact Alyssa Lopez, Program Coordinator & OISE Administrative Assistant at, or Sara Xayarath Hernández, Associate Dean for Inclusion & Student Engagement, Graduate School at