Below is a list of the graduate school’s areas of greatest need as we seek to reimagine graduation education at U-M in a way that is student centered and faculty led, and that emphasizes a holistic view of graduate training. Each section links to a printable PDF with detailed information on impact opportunities and programmatic support.
Rackham has a history and tradition of valuing the diversity of its students as an essential dimension of excellence in graduate education. We work on multiple fronts with graduate programs and student groups to attract, support, and empower a diverse student body from admission to graduation and beyond.
Rackham is committed to supporting STEM graduate students in garnering the skills necessary to be successful in their career development at Michigan and as they seek to connect their academic and research experiences with their personal career aspirations.
Graduate students face unique challenges, often working to navigate studies, research, funding, and relationships with peers and advisors. Rackham seeks to continually expand the assistance and support available to students whenever and however they need it.
Artists and humanists at Michigan are exploring fields as varied as romance languages, classical studies, and music theory, and Rackham is committed to supporting them in assessing their interests and skills, and in helping them actively explore potential career fields.
In order to address pressures on the current model of graduate education and continue to lead the national conversation about the future of research-based graduate training—both master’s and doctoral—Rackham is reimagining the graduate academic experience in a way that is student centered.
Our programs reimagine the academic experience by connecting students across disciplines around shared interest in public engagement, community-based scholarship, and the diverse career contexts in which their interests, work, and research can benefit the public good.
Society has never had a greater need for the advanced training of research based graduate education. Given our scope as a world-class research enterprise and our position of leadership nationally, Michigan is uniquely suited to shape that training for the century ahead.
Rackham aspires to expand career opportunities and readiness for all students through mentoring, coaching, employer engagement, internships, workshops, and other programs that lead to satisfying and impactful careers.
Approximately 40 percent of all Rackham students come from outside the United States, and defining success for this important segment of the Rackham community involves providing a welcoming and supportive environment in which they can thrive.
Success in recruitment depends on opening the possibility of a graduate education to those who might have never considered advanced studies. Rackham endeavors to recruit and retain students with different backgrounds, regardless of the educational paths they have taken.
Graduate education is crucial to Michigan’s excellence as a research university. Philanthropic gifts for graduate student support make a Rackham degree accessible for many talented students who might otherwise not be able to fulfill their potential and help advance the university’s mission.