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Rackham Graduate School Creates New Role to Strengthen Partnerships with Minority Serving Institutions

Rackham Graduate School is thrilled to announce the hiring of Edmund Graham as the School’s first Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) Coordinator. In this role—which is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation—Graham will assist with the strategic development of partnerships between the University of Michigan and other MSIs in an effort to attract, recruit, and retain a highly qualified, diverse graduate student community.

Reflections and Plans: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Graduate Education at U-M

My name is Mark Kamimura-Jiménez and I am a proud Rackham alum. My experience as a graduate student at U-M was supported by engaged staff, faculty, alumni, and most importantly a community of student peers that sustained me academically, professionally and socially. Many of our alums and I share a journey through graduate school that had its fair share of challenges, and that is the reason why I want to share with you the efforts being made on campus, and specifically by Rackham, to foster a diverse, inclusive and equitable environment for graduate students at U-M today.

Scenes from the Dean’s Office

What does being a dean look like? At Rackham, each day can bring just about anything. Carol Fierke shares slices of how she spends much of her time as dean of the Rackham Graduate School.

Carol finds time to maintain her research lab in the chemistry department. Her lab researches the chemical mechanism and structure-function relationships of important biological molecules. There, she supports and mentors research scientists, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduate students.

Carol and her dog Sunny.

Carol and Sunny