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Inclusive Graduate Education

Inclusive Graduate Education Working Group

Consistent with our mission, the University of Maryland's Graduate School counts its diversity as one of its greatest strengths, and as an institution, we are committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.

In 2015, through collaboration with a handful of Directors of Graduate Study, the Holistic Review Faculty Working Group (HRWG) was initiated. Through this network, resources across the campus started to be shared with respect to holistic review, inclusive graduate program practices and mentoring. In subsequent years, the HRWG sponsored presentations by Drs. Keivan Stassun, William Sedlacek, Kimberly Griffin. In collaboration with schools and colleges, the group sponsored training with Drs. Julie Posselt and Casey Miller, Stuart Vogel, Kellie Robertson, Computer Science’s PhD graduate Candice Schumann, and Juliet R. Aiken.

In the fall of 2019, the HRWG was renamed the Inclusive Graduate Education Faculty Working Group (IGEFWG). Members span across the graduate enterprise, and represent both master's and PhD programs.  The Graduate School's representative to this working group is a member of the NSF INCLUDES' Inclusive Graduate Education Network (IGEN) Holistic Review Trainer Program. The group has continued to offer professional development on equity-minded letters of recommendation, diversity within graduate programs and more effective recruitment strategies.  In collaboration with graduate programs, the working group recently spearheaded the implementation of revised language for the online application's statement of purpose and letter of recommendation prompts/format. 

Anyone interested in joining the group can contact Anna De Cheke Qualls (

Resources and Links

Inclusive Graduate Education Working Group Members

Fisk-Vanderbilt Program (Holistic Review) Toolkit

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee in the Department of Astronomy

Letter of Recommendation Gender Bias Calculator

Recording (November 12, 2019): Dr. Juliet R. Aiken - Beyond holistic admissions: Diversifying pipelines into and after graduate study/Building a graduate culture that supports inclusive recruitment, retention and job placement

Publications/Literature on Holistic Review and an Inclusive/Equitable Climate


Contact Information

The Graduate School, University of Maryland

2123 Lee Building
7809 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742