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Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

The Center for Inclusive Excellence in Graduate Education houses several initiatives for the preparation of undergraduate students for graduate school, the professional development and academic success of current students, as well providing resources for graduate school recruitment and retention professionals. Below is a brief description of our many initiatives.

Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded at 151 institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society.


The Center for Inclusive Excellence in Graduate Education is dedicated to enhancing the intellectual stimulation that comes from a diverse campus community. In keeping with this aim, the Tigerview campus visitation program brings prospective graduate students with a serious interest in pursuing a graduate degree at Mizzou to our campus for a 4 day visitation program.  

First Year Fellows Program

The First Year Fellows Program is designed to help ensure that the Office of Graduate Studies’ Marshall, Ridgel, and McNair Fellowship recipients are provided with essential tools, information and resources needed to enhance their successful pursuit and completion of a graduate program.

Colleagues to Campus Forum

The purpose of the Colleagues to Campus Forum is to provide a small group of colleagues who are invested in growing a diverse graduate student pipeline, with a platform to exchange program and/or institution information; foster relationships and collaborations; and share ideas and strategies regarding the enhancement of approaches across the full graduate education spectrum--including preparation, recruitment, retention, and community building.

Glimpse into Graduate School Seminar Program

The Glimpse into Graduate School Seminar Program is an initiative under the MU Office of Graduate Studies' Emerge program which provides current undergraduate students with the resources, programming and assistance that are necessary to achieve their graduate school aspirations. The goal of the program is to empower students by helping them develop the confidence and skills necessary for a comfortable transition and success in competitive graduate programs.

Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholars Program

The Doctoral Scholars Program provides multiple layers of support — not only financial assistance and research funding, but also career counseling, job postings and a scholar directory for networking and recruiting. Mentoring and advocacy for scholars is crucial, and support continues into early careers as graduates become faculty members. And each fall, a thousand scholars and young faculty members convene to learn and support one another at the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring.