Diversity & Inclusion

Graduate Students involved in the STEM program at the University of Delaware include Natalee Smith; Samantha Brannick; Robert Panish; Ampofo Darko; Srinivasa Rao Chintala.


The Office of Graduate & Professional Education supports the CGS Resolution “Building An Inclusive Graduate Community: A Statement of Principles”  Toward that end, our office supports the development and success of historically underrepresented graduate students at the University of Delaware. Within these pages you will learn how UD enhances the graduate school experience for all by facilitating diversity of thought, background and perspective amongst its graduate community. We welcome all to actively engage in the support of an inclusive graduate community.

Office of Graduate & Professional Education Action Steps:

  • Expand participation of underrepresented groups
  • Develop effective, innovative, and better coordinated recruitment
  • Create targeted retention strategies
  • Offer new and expanding incentive and scholarship programs

Annual Cultural Diversity Graduate Celebration

Thursday, May 17
5 pm – 8 pm
Trabant Student Center Multipurpose Rooms

Join us as we celebrate our Historically Underrepresented Graduate Students with a reception, dinner, performances and student recognitions.

OGPE Cultural Diversity Monthly Lunch and Learn

The OGPE Cultural Diversity Lunch and Learn is a monthly series featuring conversations about various topics that affect students of culturally diverse backgrounds. Join us once a month for informative conversations, catered lunch and raffle prizes!

“Community Engagement”

Presented by: Dr. Lynette Overby
Friday, February 16
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Our February luncheon features a panel of speakers discussing the importance of involvement with your surrounding community and covers various issues currently effecting these communities.

RSVP Today!

“Mental Health, Stress Relief,
and Balance”

Presented by: Ms. Richa Khanna
Friday, March 16
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Mental health continues to be an overlooked subject within culturally diverse and historically underrepresented communities. There are different issues that graduate students of color encounter on a daily basis which may affect aspects of their personal and social lives. Join us to discuss ways to balance life, manage stress, and heighten academic achievement goals.

RSVP by March 9

“Financial Planning and Management”

Presented by: Ms. Carla Lord-Powalski
Friday, April 13
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Budgeting and money management are crucial to being financially stable. Our April Lunch & Learn to discuss spending control, avoiding unnecessary debt, cost saving techniques, and historical barriers of wealth and financial systems affecting cultural communities.

RSVP by April 6

Campus Visitation Program

Each graduate program at the University of Delaware maintains its own schedule for welcoming historically underrepresented students to campus. Please contact your department of interest directly or contact the Graduate Ambassadors Program.

Advancing Inclusive Excellence

Dr Carol Henderson, Vice-Provost for Diversity, leads the University of Delaware’s diversity initiative. Our university is committed to embracing a diverse and inclusive campus that reflects our collective views, experiences, capabilities, cultures, aspirations, and ultimately our commitment to excellence.

Preparing Future Graduate Students

These programs are geared to help the current undergraduate become our future graduate student. We encourage you to explore these new opportunities.


Students and employees have a right to an environment free from harassment and discrimination. Please contact the Office of Equity and Inclusion for more information.

  • Dr Susan L. Groff
    Director, Office of Equity and Inclusion
    302 831-8063
  • Office Hours:
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday



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