Diversity and Inclusion

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The University values diversity and the Department of Political Science is committed to a climate of inclusiveness and 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 and 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 Visiting Day for undergraduates from underrepresented backgrounds with the interest and ability to pursue graduate study in political science. The 2020 conference was cancelled because of the pandemic, but we hope to resume it in the future.

The University values diversity and offers many resources for minority students through the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Funding and the Office of Equity and Diversity.

We are proud of the mentorship we provide to our students. Students are provided with a first year faculty advisor, given written feedback at the end of the first year, included in departmental workshops and research groups, and meet with their advisors no less often than once a semester (and often more, depending on their stage in the program). We believe that high standards and careful mentoring contribute to student success.