Commitment to Diversity

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The Department of Political Science is committed to maintaining and increasing the diversity of its graduate students and faculty. We strongly encourage members of historically under-represented groups, including women, racial and ethnic minorities, and first-generation college students to apply. Fellowships are available to assist minority applicants, as well as those from any background that might have made educational achievement more difficult. The Graduate School offers admissions fee grants for low-income students and those who participate in selected pipeline programs designed to prepare students for graduate studies (e.g., McNair Scholars and SROP participants). As part of its commitment to the diversity of the graduate program, the Political Science department also provides admission fee grants for participants in APSA’s Ralph Bunche Summer Institute or Minority Student Recruitment Program. For details and to request the fee grant, contact the Director of Graduate Studies.

To enhance the diversity of its graduate program (and of the discipline as a whole), the department hosts an annual Diversity Recruitment Conference for undergraduates from underrepresented backgrounds with the interest and ability to pursue graduate study in political science. See here for details.

The University values diversity and offers many resources for minority students through the Office of Equity and Diversity, and has many other resources available through the Diversity Inventory Program as well.