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Recruitment Initiatives

The Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion participates in many events to recruit underrepresented and underserved students to graduate programs at UMD.  OGDI works closely with UMD faculty and program coordinators in its recruitment efforts. Big Ten Academic Alliance recruitment events include ABRCMSSACNASBig 10/Expo (GEM Consortium), and SROP Coordinators Conference. OGDI is a co-sponsor of the BSOS Summer Research Initiative and UMD's Annual National McNair Conference held each year in March through UMD's Academic Achievement Programs. Other recruitment intiatives include the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) through Phillips Academy, the National Name Exchange, NSF's Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program, and a pipeline infrastructure with McNair ProgramsHBCU institutions, and The Universities at Shady Grove (USG). To learn more about recruitment initiatives, contact Director and Recruitment Officer Christopher Pérez (  


Shady Grove Program

Preparing Universities at Shady Grove (USG) Students for Graduate Studies is a free program that provides USG undergraduates, post-baccalaureate students, and alumni with the knowledge and tools needed to prepare for graduate school, with the goal of increasing the number of underrepresented students applying to and enrolling in graduate school. The program occurs weekly during the spring semester as a series of workshops led by administrators, faculty, and staff from University System of Maryland institutions. Workshop topics include the value of graduate education, the application process, funding, and test preparation. This program is supported by UMD’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion through a Moving Maryland Forward grant and co-hosted by the UMD Graduate School and USG’s Center for Academic Success.

Watch the introductory USG video below:

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