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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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.

DEI Strategic Plan

Rackham’s five-year strategic plan aims to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion as part of a university-wide effort.

Recent DEI Posts

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An Update on Rackham’s Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Dear Rackham Community, As the university’s annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Summit comes to a close, I am pleased to share this update on Rackham’s DEI Strategic Plan and our collective work toward its implementation. We are now beginning year three of...

Faculty Allies Diversity Grants 2018–19 Awardees

Rackham Graduate School announces the awardees of the 2018–19 Faculty Allies Diversity Grants. These grants are designed to fund activities for current graduate students to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts in the areas most relevant to the...

Diversity, Water, and the Future of Work: A Conversation with Earl Lewis

Former U-M Vice Provost and Dean of the Rackham Graduate School Earl Lewis is returning to the University of Michigan as the director of the soon-to-be-established Center for Social Solutions. Lewis spent 15 years at U-M as a faculty member before becoming provost and...
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Rackham Names New Assistant Dean to Lead DEI Initiatives

Ethriam Brammer Rackham Graduate School is thrilled to announce the hiring of Ethriam Brammer as assistant dean. In his role, Brammer will lead the implementation and ongoing work of the school's diversity, equity, and inclusion plan by working collaboratively with...

Rethinking Advocacy: Organizing and Racial Justice Work in Higher Education

I am reminded of my first day of college when I think about Dr. Edward A. Bouchet’s experiences as the first African American person to earn a Ph.D. in the U.S., from Yale University, and the importance of advocacy when thinking about addressing racial disparities in...

Upcoming DEI Events

Supporting 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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The California Alliance Research Exchange Program

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

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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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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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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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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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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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