During the past 12 months, University colleges have communicated the need to increase diversity as one of their highest priorities, but expressed concern about how to identify and fund effective diversity and inclusion initiatives. The Graduate School’s Diversity Office, under the guidance of newly appointed Associate Dean Yoji Shimizu, is committed to providing increased consultation to colleges and programs regarding effective initiatives. The annual allocation of $4.5 million in GAGE funding will, for the foreseeable future, focus on supporting their implementation.
Increasing the diversity of students earning University graduate degrees is a high priority for the Graduate School because
- we believe in providing equal access to a graduate education,
- we see training a diverse set of scholars as integral to accomplishing our land grant mission, and
- we understand that the quality of our scholarship is enhanced as a function of the increased diversity of our scholarly community.