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:
- High-Quality Academic and Professional Environment
- Service, Partnership, and Collaboration
DEI Strategic Plan
Recent DEI Posts
Rackham Professional and Academic Development Program Lead Deborah Willis writes about vetting prospective employers for commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
In an open letter to the graduate student community, Rackham Dean Mike Solomon decries recent examples of racism and violence, and pledges Rackham’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The MSI grant programs center on building institutional rapport, trust, and mutually beneficial collaborations with Minority Serving Institutions.
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.
Supporting Diverse Graduate Students
The Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate.
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.
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.
The Michigan Humanities Emerging Research Scholars Program was launched in 2015 to increase opportunities for students interested in pursuing doctoral degrees in the humanities.
This new, innovative certificate program is designed to prepare graduate students to work in a diverse environment while fostering a climate of inclusiveness.
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.