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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

Michigan Society of Fellows Receives $1M Mellon Foundation Gift

The University of Michigan has received a $1 million gift from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to endow four postdoctoral humanities positions in the Michigan Society of Fellows, one of the most prestigious postdoctoral fellowship programs in the country.

Additional funds were committed by the Rackham Graduate School to permanently secure these positions. In 2007, a $1.97 million gift from Mellon funded these positions for six years. This new gift ensures the future of the fellows, providing the opportunity for recent Ph.D.s with the time and financial support to prepare the major publication usually required to obtain a tenured faculty position.