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Press Release: UMass Boston Announces New Graduate School

School for Global Inclusion and Social Development Is University's Ninth College

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Originally published: 12/2012


Boston, October 18, 2012 - The University of Massachusetts Boston today announced the launch of its newest graduate school, the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development. This is the first graduate school in the world to focus on wellness and economic development from an international perspective. The school's emphasis is on groups of people who are excluded from communities here in the United States and abroad due to disability or other conditions.

"This new graduate school responds to the growing influence of the global environment in the inclusion of various cultures and communities," said UMass Boston Provost Winston Langley. "While many institutions of higher education have international programs, most are responding to health concerns. The new School for Global Inclusion and Social Development will consider the relationship of globalization, wellness, and economic and social development."

Faculty are developing the core courses for the new school's master's and doctoral programs. After these have been reviewed and approved, the school plans to recruit and enroll students for September 2013 in its master's program, and September 2014 in its doctoral program.

"This new graduate college is another important step forward in the continued development and growth of the University of Massachusetts Boston as a national and international leader in higher education," said Chancellor J. Keith Motley. "We look forward to welcoming our first students next year."

Students at the school will be trained to take on leadership roles in:

The Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) is a central component of the new school. Since the 1960s, the ICI has been a leader in disability research, advocacy, and training. The ICI is a research institute run by UMass Boston and affiliated with Boston Children's Hospital. William E. Kiernan, PhD, is the director of the ICI and will also serve as inaugural dean of the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development.

The new school will be transdisciplinary, meaning that it will not have departments. When it is fully enrolled, there will be 400 to 500 students in its master's program and an average of 37 in its doctoral program.

To learn more about the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development, visit www.umb.edu/academics/sgisd.

ICI: promoting inclusion for people with disabilities