Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion
The University of Maryland is committed to fostering a supportive environment for all graduate students, regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, age, religion, language, sexual orientation, disability, or academic discipline. UMD recognizes that the unique and varied identities and experiences of our graduate students enrich the campus community as a whole.
Working closely with campus graduate programs, the Graduate School’s Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion (OGDI) recruits the best and brightest students to the vibrant campus graduate community, including those from historically underserved and underrepresented populations. OGDI also develops programs and initiatives to support, retain, and graduate these talented students, and fosters a strong inclusive community by providing opportunities for intellectual and social interaction. OGDI not only supports graduate students in their academic, professional, and personal endeavors, but also educates the campus community about the importance of diversity in the laboratory, the classroom, the workplace, and the community at large.
As a result of these efforts, minority students comprise about 20 percent of the graduate student population, international students comprise about 31 percent, and female students comprise close to 50 percent. Furthermore, UMD ranked first among the Association of American Universities in the number of doctoral degrees conferred to African-American students in 2013.
Learn more about UMD’s strategic plan, educational programs, and campus resources related to diversity. Explore other campus-wide units, such as the LGBT Equity Center, and programs, such as ADVANCE, Interfaith, and CRGE to see how they too are working to foster connection and collaboration across UMD’s vibrant and diverse campus community.
OGDI is a proud participant of many UMD campus engagement activities including First Look Fair, OMSE Unity Welcome, LGBT Equity Center's Quelcome: Fall Welcome Fest, #TransTerps Project, StampFest, MICA's CommUMDiversity Expo, Rise Above "-isms" Campaign, Disability Summit, Latinx Heritage Month, Black History Month, Women's History Month, Pride Month, and Maryland Day.
Christopher Pérez · firstname.lastname@example.org · 301.405.0763
Associate Director, Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion
UMD NSF PROMISE AGEP Coordinator
UMD Big Ten Academic Alliance SROP Coordinator
Graduate Assistant, Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion