Commitment to Equity & Diversity
In the Plant and Microbial Biology (PMB) Graduate Program, we strongly support and value a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning community that fosters the academic and personal growth of students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds.
As a program, we are specifically committed to:
- Eliminating barriers associated with systemic racism and bias, particularly in the recruitment and success of a diverse scholarly community.
- Elevating the voices of diverse scholars, particularly those from B.I.P.O.C. communities.
- Providing opportunities to learn from people with a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.
- Valuing the time and effort involved in community-engaged research.
We recognize that commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion requires both education and action. The University of Minnesota provides many opportunities to help students, faculty, and staff to achieve this commitment.
Prospective domestic students can be nominated for a Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship, which supports students with diverse ethnic, racial, economic, and educational backgrounds and experiences. Additionally, prospective domestic and international students can be nominated for an Interdisciplinary Center for the study of Global Change (ICGC) Fellowship, which supports outstanding students committed to the interdisciplinary study of the global south in the context of global change.
Ph.D. candidates (doctoral students who have passed their written and oral preliminary exams) who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and/or social justice through scholarly activity and/or climate enhancing initiatives are eligible for the Leadership in Equity, Inclusion and Diversity (LEID) Fellowship.
Newly admitted students who are members of an underrepresented group can get an early start on research and mentoring through the Graduate School Diversity Office (GSDO) Summer Institute.
The Community of Scholars Program (COSP) provides 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.
Faculty and graduate students can help to create an inclusive community by mentoring undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds and experiences. The Northstar Stem Alliance and the TRIO McNair Scholars Program both provide opportunities to directly involve undergraduate students from underrepresented groups in lab research.
All members of the PMB Graduate Program community can learn to develop tools necessary for advancing equity and diversity in all aspects of their personal and professional lives through free training provided by the university’s Office of Equity and Diversity.
Information and resources
- UMN Office for Equity and Diversity (OED)
- Graduate School Diversity Office
- CBS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- PMB Graduate Program application fee waiver
- Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship
- Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) Fellowship
- Leadership in Equity, Inclusion and Diversity (LEID) Fellowship
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training, education, practice
- Equity and Diversity Certificate (Office for Equity and Diversity) - helps participants develop tools necessary for advancing equity and diversity in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. It’s free of charge and open to students, faculty, staff, and alumni on all UMN campuses.
- Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups - a unique opportunity to meet other UMN students from a variety of colleges, majors, and nationalities in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
- Diversity Community of Practice
- The Dignity Project
- Student mental health resources
- Boynton Mental Health
- Surviving and Thriving in Higher Education video series
- Student and Academic Success Services
- Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing events
- The Science of Well-Being - Coursera course from Yale
- Advising resources
- BIPOC Mental Health Collective
Racial and cultural diversity
- Community of Scholars Program (COSP) - The Graduate School's COSP provides Native Americans and domestic graduate students of color with unique academic and professional growth opportunities.
- Graduate School Diversity Office Summer Institute
- Black Graduate and Professional Students Association (BGAPSA)
- Graduate Students of Color Alliance (GSOCA)
- Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) - UMN Chapter
- Black Student Union
- Circle of Indigenous Nations (COIN)
- Asian-American Student Union at UMN
- Association of Multicultural Scientists (AMS)
- Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence
- Council of International Graduate Students
- English language resources for multilingual students
Gender and sexuality
- Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life
- MN Queer Science
- oSTEM (Out in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics)
- Interactive map of gender-neutral restrooms on campus
Women in science
- The Women's Center
- UMN Women's Faculty Cabinet
- UMN Women and Girls of Color and Indigenous Women and Girls Initiative
- Artemisia Leadership Initiative
- Graduate Women in Science
- Student Parent Help Center
- Graduate and Professional Student Parents Group
- Lactation resources
- Child Development Center (UMN daycare)
- Child Care Locator resources