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Diversity and inclusion

We know that early experiences—and all experiences—matter and can impact how an individual relates to others and the world around them. We strive to create an inclusive environment where every student, staff member, and faculty member feels valued and has meaningful experiences that affirm and embrace their identities, perspectives, and cultural backgrounds.

You're welcome here

We’re committed to increasing equity and diversity in our undergraduate and graduate academic programs, within our faculty, and in our curriculum, research, and outreach. We’re dedicated to building a culture of excellence that’s grounded in principles of equity and social justice and that affirms and embraces the multiple identities, values, perspectives, knowledge and belief systems, and cultural practices of diverse individuals and communities.

Diversity in Psychology Day 2018.

Diversity in Psychology Day 2018

We still have work to do

We’re committed to increasing diversity but recognize that we still have work to do. We’ve taken specific steps to support a culture of diversity and inclusion at ICD and in the psychological sciences at the University of Minnesota.

ICD Diversity Committee

Our diversity committee provides leadership in the area of diversity and inclusion and is responsible for generating discussion and making recommendations that promote diversity at ICD. The committee meets regularly and is made up of faculty, staff, and graduate students.

Tri-Psychology programs

We've partnered with the Department of Psychology and the Department of Educational Psychology to support underrepresented students in the psychological sciences. As part of "Tri-Psych," we strive to create welcoming, affirming, and inclusive spaces and seek to foster respectful exchanges of ideas. We also strive to advance research within topics focused on underrepresented minority groups while providing a nurturing environment for students to explore and thrive in their areas of interest. Learn more

Diversity in Psychology Program

The Department of Psychology, with support from ICD and the Department of Educational Psychology, sponsors the Diversity in Psychology Program to introduce students to our Ph.D. programs in psychology, developmental psychology, and educational psychology. Each year, students selected for the program are invited to the Twin Cities—all expenses paid—to meet current students and faculty and to explore graduate program options. Learn more

Diversity in our research

We're committed to serve, support, and partner with people and communities facing social, cultural, economic, physical, and attitudinal barriers to education and jobs, to promotion and advancement, and to the highest levels of achievement and success. We have a role in addressing fundamental issues of bias, discrimination, and exclusion.

In this spirit, many of our faculty members conduct research that focuses on underrepresented populations and on identifying ways to eliminate barriers to success in school and in life. We aim to contribute to solving our society’s most critical issues, such as closing the achievement gap, building healthy relationships and communities, and charting brain growth and health.

Learn more about our research

We're driven to make a difference

Shreya Lakhan-Pal
I love having the opportunity to promote diversity and advocate for students in this community. By empowering scientists from all backgrounds, we both enrich the perspectives within our department and strengthen our scientific understanding of the human experience.

Shreya Lakhan-Pal
Ph.D. in child psychology student
ICD Diversity Committee member

Financial resources

Tri-Psych Graduate Student Diversity Fund

This fund supports proposals that provide opportunities to encourage and support fellow students, gain insights from shared and differing experiences, and build stronger relationships across departments. Applications for 2017-2018 are now closed.

Diversity of Views and Experience Fellowship

The Diversity of Views and Experience (DOVE) Fellowship is awarded to approximately 20 first-year students from underrepresented groups. The fellowship provides a living stipend, tuition, and subsidized health insurance for one academic year.

Common Ground Consortium in the College of Education and Human Development

The Common Ground Consortium (CGC) supports 8-10 Black graduate students per year in their full-time studies in the college. The CGC supports educators training to become future tenure-track faculty as well as practitioner-scholars in many fields of education and human development.

McNair Scholars resources

The McNair program assists eligible first-generation undergraduate students from low-income families to prepare for and to enter graduate programs leading to the Ph.D. Participants include academically talented low-income, first-generation students and students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in graduate programs.

Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity Awards

Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Awards honor UMN graduate and professional students whose research and scholarly interest are focused on issues of equity, diversity, and/or social justice, and who demonstrate outstanding creativity, innovation, and potential for excellence in their field. Awardees must demonstrate experience with or commitment to serving or working with underserved, underrepresented, or marginalized populations.

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship

The Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties. This fellowship provides three years of support for doctoral students and are made to individuals who have demonstrated superior academic achievement and are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource.

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Endowed Scholarship

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) Endowed Scholarship program is designed to recruit and retain talented American Indian students with demonstrated financial need to the University of Minnesota. The scholarship program supports incoming first-year and transfer students. Scholarships may also be awarded to newly-admitted graduate and professional students.

American Indian College Fund

The American Indian College Fund offers scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate and graduate students attending accredited public and non-profit private colleges across the United States.

Diversity at the University of Minnesota and in the Twin Cities

The University of Minnesota is a multicultural campus that embraces diversity as fundamental to its operations, programs, and research. At the University of Minnesota, "[w]e all share responsibility for equity and diversity—it’s everybody’s everyday work. Diversity goes well beyond numeric representation and access. Far from just enriching campus life or the academic experience, equity and diversity are critical to issues of campus culture and climate, and fundamental to everything we do."

The university offers numerous organizations, resources, and activities that support students from all backgrounds and aim to make campus a welcoming environment for every individual.

The Twin Cities is a global community that represents cultures from around the world. Minneapolis has an established African American community and a strong Native American heritage. It’s home to the largest Somali population in the U.S., the largest Hmong population outside of Laos, large Vietnamese and Ethiopian populations, and a fast-growing Hispanic community.