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Our Diversity Initiative

The Graduate School is committed to creating and sustaining inclusive learning environments where all members of the campus community are welcomed, valued, and supported.  We believe diversity promotes the free exchange of ideas, perspectives, and cultural values that are necessary for developing versatile students and citizens. Graduate programs provide a quality driven, student-oriented education in an atmosphere that encourages student, faculty, and staff diversity, inclusiveness, and equity.

In conjunction with the Office of Institutional Diversity, we offer a wide variety of multi-cultural education resources, collaborative education outreach programs, seasonal cultural events, a signature diversity lecture series, and our annual academic diversity symposium.  We additionally offer numerous multi-cultural opportunities through partnerships with international universities, the Peace Corps, and the Fulbright Program.

Our graduate students come from all over the world and represent a spectrum of races, cultures, creeds, ages, physical abilities, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Our Commitments

  • Building and supporting a diverse academic community

  • Promoting and encouraging understanding across areas of difference through unique activities and programs

  • Forging collaborative relationships with staff, faculty, administrators, and units across campus to enhance student retention and success

  • Expanding educational and research opportunities on issues related to diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency

  • Strengthening the connections with the International Office and other campus partners who work with and on behalf of international students to collaborate on areas of mutual concern

  • Facilitating personal growth around identity exploration, cultural excellence, intercultural communications, professional development to develop better leaders and collaborators

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Our Diversity Strategic Plan outlines in detail our institutional initiative for promoting diversity and growing a robust and vibrant educational environment.

The Office of Institutional Diversity is the university’s central office for diversity initiatives, providing the campus community with diversity resources, training services, multi-cultural events, and community outreach programs.

The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs ensures equal employment practices and university status for all minority-status groups and individuals on campus.

The Graduate School is committed to being a diverse community of people with ideas and approaches that make a difference locally, nationally and globally. 

At the core of our diversity philosophy is a belief that multicultural learning is truly an integral part of our personal, social and moral growth—as individuals and as a university. This is particularly true for graduate students, who are charged with developing solutions, processes and products for all people. We are committed to fostering thought, dialogue and active engagement around social justice, diversity and inclusion.

Dr. Renard Harris, Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer explains our campus commitment in creating and sustaining a vibrant learning, academic and social environment where each person can flourish.


The Graduate School is committed to:

  • Building a secure, welcoming academic and social environment where each person can flourish
  • Increasing the enrollment of underrepresented minorities and women
  • Recruiting diverse students
  • Providing all students, faculty and staff with the necessary support to succeed

The Graduate Diversity and Inclusion Council intentionally strives to cultivate opportunities for diverse student resources comprising faculty, students and staff who represent a wide array of backgrounds and experiences. Through facilitated trainings, workshops and dialogues, we provide opportunities for both students and staff to enhance their skills and deepen their understanding around issues of diversity and inclusivity.

The Graduate Diversity and Inclusion Council is a group of peer educators who dare to be aspirational in imaging a better  community, a community that recognizes the inherent dignity and potential of every student and person. We believe that every student should have a stake in creating a community to which they have a right to belong. We work to create a better community by centering student voices, and fostering brave spaces across campus where we can show up for each other with a sense of urgency. We hope to use our voices to advocate and amplify the voices that need to be heard the most in creating the community that we deserve. Find your seat at the table.

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