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The Rackham Graduate School values the diversity of its students as an essential dimension of excellence in graduate education. The University of Michigan’s commitment to diversity is long-standing, and we are proud of our graduate students who over the years have gone on to assume national leadership positions in many fields.

The excellence and diversity of our community is recognized in the National Science Foundation’s most recent Survey of Earned Doctorates, which identifies the University of Michigan as the only institution included in the top 12 on the most doctorates awarded list for all of the underrepresented minority group. For Asian Americans, we ranked 6th. For African-Americans, we ranked 3rd. For Hispanics, we ranked 9th. And for American Indians, we were tied for 12th. We also ranked 3rd for students from mixed race backgrounds. Rackham students are engaged across the University in support and advocacy for students from traditionally underrepresented groups in higher education.

Rackham provides funding to graduate programs and sponsors numerous activities aimed at recruiting an outstanding and inclusive student body. We seek to provide intellectual, social, emotional and financial support so that students from groups that are historically underrepresented in higher education or in their fields feel welcome and thrive in their studies. We encourage our graduate programs to create individualized academic and mentoring plans for all of their students to be successful, complete their degrees and secure strong placements in their desired career.

Graduate Student Community

The Rackham Graduate School takes great pride in the diversity of its community and values the participation of students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups; students who are underrepresented by gender in their field; students with disabilities; students from socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students; undocumented and DACAmented students; student veterans; non-traditional age students; and students from nationalities around the world. To support this diverse community, Rackham provides resources, funding, events, and contact information for student organizations serving all students as well as specific groups.

Faculty Allies for Diversity in Graduate Education

The Faculty Allies for Diversity is a group of faculty members who work within their programs and in collaboration with Rackham's diversity initiatives on recruitment, admissions, climate, retention, and completion issues. Faculty Allies are also eligible to apply for Diversity Grants of up to $12,000 per year for two years on behalf of their graduate program for activities that improve recruitment, climate, retention and completion, academic and professional development, and career progress and success for Rackham students.

Recruitment of Diverse Graduate Students

Information about student recruitment strategies, funding and key resources for recruiters.