Diversity & inclusion
Who we are
The Department of Educational Psychology is a vibrant and diverse community of scholars. Our graduate students represent over 17 different countries creating a globally diverse discourse on the cognitive, emotional, and social learning processes that underlie education and human development across the lifespan. Our faculty bring a wide variety of backgrounds and experience into their research and teaching. Our programs include international students and a diverse ethnic, cultural and socio-economic mix of domestic students.
The Department of Educational Psychology is deeply committed to increasing the diversity of our undergraduate and graduate programs, of our teaching and learning, of our research and clinical practice, and of our outreach and service across fields of educational psychology. Our goal is to be viewed as a welcoming and affirming place where all students feel supported to attain and exceed their expectations. Our department strives to be a place where respectful exchanges of ideas allow us to embrace the power of diversity of perspectives and backgrounds to enrich us all.
Our research supporting diversity & inclusion
We are uniquely positioned as an applied social science program within the College of Education and Human Development to address issues that underlie education and human development across the lifespan. Specifically, many of our researchers are working to find ways to close achievement gaps or educational outcomes and disparities by improving how we identify and serve students who need additional supports in order to succeed in schools. Learn more about our research on achievement gaps.
"I've always believed that students will thrive in a supportive environment. The faculty works as a team to train and develop the students. This creates an atmosphere where all opinions and voices are acknowledged."
Kory VueRecipient of DOVE Fellowship
Kory is interested in the cultural insensitivities of tests. His goal: To improve test item writing by identifying items that are not equivalent between differetn groups. He also studies how people (often incorrectly) interpret or make inferences about test scores. And Kory is especially interested in early childhood, k-12, and higher education of special populations—specifically Hmong and refugee status students, in the US.
Tri-Psych Graduate Student Diversity Fund
The Tri-Psychology programs—Educational Psychology, Psychology, and the Institute of Child Development—at the University of Minnesota are deeply committed to supporting underrepresented students in the psychological sciences. Together, we strive to create welcoming, affirming, and inclusive spaces and seek to foster respectful exchanges of ideas that allow us to embrace the power of diverse perspectives and backgrounds to enrich us all.
The goal of the Tri-Psych Graduate Student Diversity Fund is to build community and facilitate cross-departmental collaborations among tri-psych graduate students of color and/or student groups otherwise underrepresented in postsecondary education. We seek innovative proposals that provide opportunities to encourage and support your fellow students, gain insights from your shared and differing experiences, and build stronger relationships across departments. View more information and application instructions.
Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change Fellowships
The Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) offers fellowships that provide financial support for graduate students at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Nominees should have backgrounds and interests that identify them as outstanding students who are clearly committed to the interdisciplinary study of the global south in the context of global change. We encourage nomination of exceptionally capable students, especially from the global south and groups traditionally underrepresented in graduate education.
Diversity of Views and Experiences
The Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship helps graduate programs promote the diversity of views, experiences, and ideas in the pursuit of research, scholarship and creative excellence. This diversity is promoted through the recruitment and support of academically excellent students (US citizens and US permanent residents only) with diverse ethnic, racial, economic, and educational backgrounds and experiences. The award includes a stipend of $22,500 for the academic year 2014-2015, plus tuition and subsidized health insurance. Prospective students are nominated by their chosen major department to compete in a University-wide competition.
Diversity in the Twin Cities
The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are located within a major metropolitan area with something for everyone. Minnesota’s famed quality of life is a major draw for students and professionals. The cities are home to a nationally recognized arts, music and theater community, and to several professional sports teams. The many distinctive neighborhoods, cultures and faith communities offer rich places for residents to discover a plethora of celebrations, ethnic dining and diverse entertainment options.
In recent years, a variety of rich and thriving immigrant and refugee populations have joined the more established African American and American Indian communities in the area. This includes the largest Somali population in the United States, the largest Hmong population outside Laos, the second-largest Vietnamese and Ethiopian populations and one of the fastest-growing Latino/Hispanic populations. The Twin Cities is also home to one of the country’s most vibrant GLBT communities.
Historically, Minnesota is noteworthy for its progressive approaches to health and human services, medical innovation, and public policy leadership. The region is also home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and multinational organizations. For all these reasons and more, Minnesota is consistently ranked one of the best places to live in the United States.