Graduate School Diversity Office

The Graduate School promotes the advancement of equity and diversity to shape generation after generation of thought creators and change agents.

The Graduate School Diversity Office (GSDO) leads and coordinates the University’s initiatives in the recruitment, funding, retention, and graduation of a diverse graduate student body. Additionally, our office works closely with other organizations connected to diversity, underrepresented populations, and multiculturalism.

Building a Stronger Campus Community

The Graduate School Diversity Office provides services and support for underrepresented graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Our work is dedicated to achieving two goals: first, to assist with the recruitment, funding, retention, and graduation of a diverse graduate student body; second, to provide underrepresented domestic students with strategies to clarify their goals, select a graduate program, prepare the best possible graduate school application, and fund their graduate work through assistantships and fellowships.


Academic Support and Mentoring: Community of Scholars Program

Through the Community of Scholars Program (COSP), we’re able to provide Native American graduate students and domestic graduate students of color with opportunities to realize their academic and professional goals through travel grants, workshops, writing initiatives, forums, and community events. In addition, the Community of Scholars Program Writing Initiative supports students through individual writing consultations, small writing groups, workshops, monthly student-led speaker series, and bi-monthly Shut Up & Write! retreats. 

Summer Institute

The Graduate School Diversity Office (GSDO) Summer Institute provides seven weeks of research opportunity for newly-admitted underrepresented graduate students. Priority is given to recipients of the DOVE fellowship.


Our staff develop strategies to identify prospective graduate students, and put those strategies into practice at colleges, universities, symposia, and conferences across the nation to encourage students to apply to the University of Minnesota Graduate School.

Admissions and Applications Consultation

We work with students to help plan out their graduate school pursuits. These consultations provide information on how to successfully navigate the admission process, achieve their educational goals, and take advantage of local and national resources to finance their graduate studies.


We collaborate with individual graduate programs to identify and address critical issues, and advance the University’s intellectual and cultural diversity in graduate education. We invite you to schedule an individual consultation to help plan your graduate school journey


The Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship Program seeks to assist graduate programs to promote a diversity of views, experiences, and ideas in the pursuit of research, scholarship, and creative excellence.


Faculty Fighting Racism

An online, curated set of books, articles, videos, and podcasts for graduate faculty intended to serve as a first step in understanding what it means to be anti-racist.

Twin Cities Multicultural Directory

This directory serves to inform new and current students, staff, and faculty about resources and services within the Twin Cities area. You can view the directory by major category or the primary community served. The descriptions and contact information provided are from the original organization's website.

McNair Scholars Resources

We encourage McNair Scholars to contact the Graduate School Diversity Office early in their graduate studies process in order to advise them with their graduate school pursuits and introduce them to the appropriate programs. 

Student Organizations

Network and build a supportive community by becoming an active member in a graduate student organization.

Faculty & Staff Resources

Find resources that can help programs create a more diverse and inclusive graduate student body.


Get to know our staff