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Diversity and inclusion

2018 Diversity in Psychology Program attendees
2018 Diversity in Psychology Program took a break from learning about psychology PhD programs at the U to pose for a photo last fall. Learn more about the program, and apply for the 2019 cohort by August 23.

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.

Our commitment

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 and 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.

Financial resources

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.

Contact: Sherri Turner, Chair of Tri-Psych Student Diversity Fund

Diversity in Psychology program

The Department of Psychology, with support from the Department of Educational Psychology the Institute of Child Development, sponsors the Diversity in Psychology Program to introduce students to our PhD programs in psychology, developmental psychology, and educational psychology. Each year, students selected for the program are invited to the Twin Cities—all expenses paid—to meet current students and faculty and to explore graduate program options. Learn more and apply by August 23.

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 for the academic year, plus tuition and subsidized health insurance. Prospective students are nominated by their chosen major department to compete in a University-wide competition.

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.

External fellowships

Ford Foundation Fellowship
Soros Fellow for New Americans
APA Minority Fellowship Program
Additional University Scholarships

Diversity in the College of Education
and Human Development

We affirm the contributions of all people in our community. Diversity and equity are at the core of our mission in the College of Education and Human Development.

We explicitly reject bias, discrimination, and exclusion on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

We all are responsible for recognizing, confronting, and addressing bias and discrimination and diligently working for positive change in support of equity and diversity.

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.


Sherri Turner, Educational Psychology Diversity Committee chair