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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Rackham Graduate School has a history and tradition of valuing the diversity of our students as an essential dimension of excellence in graduate education. Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Strategic Plan emphasizes four domains in which we are focusing our efforts:

  1. Recruitment
  2. High-Quality Academic and Professional Environment
  3. Retention
  4. Service, Partnership, and Collaboration

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.

Recruitment of Diverse Graduate Students

Building Bridges to the Doctorate

Building Bridges to the Doctorate

The Building Bridges to the Doctorate program attracts a diverse student body into doctoral education—especially students from historically underrepresented groups—and fully funds students’ master’s educations.

Rackham Merit Fellowship Connection

The Rackham Merit Fellowship (RMF) Connection

The Rackham Merit Fellowship Connection is a program designed to assist and cultivate community among newly admitted RMF doctoral students.

Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

The Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate.

Michigan Humanities Emerging Research Scholars Program

Michigan Humanities Emerging Research Scholars Program (MICHHERS)

The Michigan Humanities Emerging Research Scholars Program was launched in 2015 to increase opportunities for students interested in pursuing doctoral degrees in the humanities.

Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate

Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)

AGEP is funded by the National Science Foundation to advance underrepresented graduate students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), along with social, behavioral, and economic sciences (SBE), and to enhance their preparation for faculty positions.

Summer Research Opportunity Program

Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)

Rackham’s Summer Research Opportunity Program offers outstanding undergraduates underrepresented in their field of study the opportunity to conduct research on our campus during the summer.

Promoting Diversity in Graduate Education

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Rackham DEI Professional Development Certificate

This new, innovative certificate program is designed to prepare graduate students to work in a diverse environment while fostering a climate of inclusiveness.

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Rackham's Faculty Committee on Mentoring (MORE)

The MORE committee engages with faculty and graduate students to foster mentoring conversations; the committee has engaged with 678 faculty members and 405 graduate students and has added a new module, “Mentoring Across Difference.”

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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.

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Faculty Allies and Student Ally Diversity Grants

These two funding opportunities—the Rackham Faculty Allies Diversity Grant and the Student Ally for Diversity Grant—provide support for diversity innovations in graduate programs.