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Supporting Diverse Graduate Students

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.

Recent DEI Posts

Announcing the 2019 Ma Scholars

Karl C.K. Ma made a $2.5 million gift to the Rackham Graduate School in 2017 to support students from Asia who wish to pursue careers in public service.

Minority Serving Institutions Grants

Announcing the 2019-2020 Minority Serving Institutions Grant Recipients

The MSI grant programs center on building institutional rapport, trust, and mutually beneficial collaborations with Minority Serving Institutions.

Faculty Allies and Student Ally Diversity Grants

Announcing the 2019-20 Rackham Faculty Allies Diversity Grant Awardees

The Faculty Allies Diversity Grant program aims to seed new and especially innovative ideas that will help sustain diverse and inclusive graduate student communities over the long term.

Pictured here is Katrina Haslip, an HIV-positive, formerly incarcerated Black Muslim woman who was known to raise awareness about how women were uniquely affected by HIV/AIDS. Along with the mobilization of other HIV/AIDS activists, Katrina pressured the CDC to broaden its surveillance definition of AIDS to include conditions faced by women. This image is taken from the recent documentary Nothing Without Us: The Women Who Will End AIDS, by director Harriet Hirshorn and distributed by Women Make Movies.

What National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Means for a Student Researcher

Ph.D. student Jallicia Jolly explores why, despite biomedical developments that aim to reduce the spread of HIV transmission, the pandemic continues to disproportionately impact the poorest and socioeconomically disadvantaged sectors of our population.

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Community Engagement Scholarship and the Role of the Researcher

When I first sought out to apply to Ph.D. programs I was of the mindset, and still am, that I needed to work with communities. I was very critical of academics who only did work within the academy or “ivory tower” without any tangible ways of connecting it back to...

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Recruitment of Diverse Graduate Students

Barbour Scholars

Among the oldest and most prestigious awards granted by the University of Michigan, offering funding to female students from Asia and the Middle East since 1917.

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Bouchet Honor Society

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

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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.

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Rackham Research Exchange

The Rackham Research Exchange focuses on increasing diversity in mathematics, physical sciences, computer science, engineering (MPCSE) and related disciplines.

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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.

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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.

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Rackham Recruiting Bootcamp Grant (ReBoot)

The Rackham Recruiting Bootcamp Grant, ReBoot, contributes funding and other support for the organization of yearly bootcamps, hosted by a graduate programs for prospective graduate students.

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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.

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Promoting Diversity in Graduate Education

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.

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Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs)

Minority Serving Institutions are institutions of higher education unique in their mission to serve minority populations. Through Rackham’s MSI coordinator, the school seeks to promote the strategic development of partnerships between the University of Michigan and MSIs in an effort to attract, recruit, and retain a highly qualified, diverse graduate student community.

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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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