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PMB Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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.

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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


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training, education, practice

Mental health

Racial and cultural diversity

Gender and sexuality

Women in science

First-generation students

Student veterans

Disability resources

Family resources

Support resources

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