Commitment to Diversity

About Us

Graduate Diversity Initiatives is a function of the Indiana University Graduate School dedicated to the recruitment, retention, and graduation of underrepresented graduate students. This includes creating an inclusive and multicultural educational landscape through the retention and recruitment of diverse students, especially those of domestic minority and low-income/first generation college backgrounds, who have been traditionally underrepresented in graduate education.

We work to recruit highly qualified students, and to prepare and retain these students through research opportunities and professional development activities at Indiana University. Enrolled graduate students are provided with programs and services to assist and support the pursuit of a successful graduate education. This includes academic, social, financial, referral, and informational support to help students with the graduate experience. The office promotes a climate of diversity, inclusion, engagement, and achievement, which are integral components of graduate education and beyond.

Initatives include:

  • Diversity Fellows Program

    Diversity Fellows Program: The program selects two graduate student each academic year to engage in the life of the campus through developing and supporting campus programming for the recruitment of prospective students and the retention of current students. The program started in 2016 focuses on researching and analyzing data related to underrepresented enrollment trends in graduate programs at IU. 

  • Emissaries for Graduate Student Diversity Program

    Emissaries for Graduate Student Diversity Program: This program is composed of two groups focusing on (1) recruitment and outreach; and, (2) retention and community building.  The goal of the emissary program is to add a peer-component to the University Graduate School’s efforts for creating a positive climate for graduate students, particularly minority and underrepresented graduate students at IU Bloomington. 

  • Funding Opportunities

    Funding Opportunities: The University Graduate School works diligently to promote minority student inclusion into the larger community by providing access to multi-year funding packages leadership opportunities and promoting the development and/or enhancement of self-confidence and leadership skills.  

  • Getting You into IU (GU2IU) Recruitment Program

    Getting You into IU (GU2IU) Recruitment Program: This event is designed to offer prospective Ph.D. and M.F.A. applicants from populations underrepresented in higher education a chance to visit Indiana University before submitting an application for graduate study. Up to 75 students can be funded to participate.

  • President’s Diversity Initiative

    President’s Diversity Initiative: The President’s Diversity Initiative program was established in 2014 to attract outstanding underrepresented students to pursue a PhD degree at Indiana University. The program offers a multi-year funding package, professional development and mentoring support to outstanding scholars in all fields. In joining the IU academic community these scholars, through their research, teaching and service, will enhance scholarship through the numerous benefits that diversity confers.

  • Recruitment Events

    Recruitment Events: Representatives from the University Graduate will be attending a number of recruitment events during the academic year.

  • Graduate Diversity Resources

    Graduate Diversity Resources: The organizations and events featured are a small snapshop of the many events offered at Indiana University to promote diversity and inclusion.

If you have questions about diversity initatives listed on this page, please contact Dr. Bianca Evans, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, at

If you have questions about graudate student life, please contact the Emissaries for Graduate Student Diversity at