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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 its 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 sense of 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. And explore other campus-wide units, such as the LGBT Equity Center, and programs, such as ADVANCE and Interfaith, to see how they too are working to foster connection and collaboration across UMD’s vibrant and diverse campus community.

Contact Information:

Christopher Perez, Associate Director

Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion



Contact Information

The Graduate School, University of Maryland

2123 Lee Building
7809 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742