Dr. Jennifer Cason, is the Graduate College Director of Student Support Initiatives at Arizona State University (ASU). Dr. Cason’s initiatives focus on academic and career development, building communities through mentoring, and developing financial support systems. She teaches courses that foster inclusion and the professional development of students. Dr. Cason’s research interests include professional development, specifically the challenges doctoral students’ face with respect to career development such as limited preparation and engagement in conversations about the value and relevancy of their research in different contexts. Dr. Cason is co-PI on the Council of Graduate Schools project: Understanding PhD Career Pathways, funded by the National Science Foundation and the Mellon Foundation. This project is designed to measure and understand connections between doctorate students’ career aspirations, academic training, and career outcomes. Dr. Cason holds an MBA from California State University, East Bay and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Innovation from ASU.