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Inclusion and Engagement

Increase Access. Foster Belonging. Promote Success.

The Office of Inclusion and Engagement (OIE) is part of the UMass Amherst Graduate School’s commitment to fostering diversity and a positive campus climate to promote graduate student success. OIE aims to cultivate an inclusive environment through which graduate students from all backgrounds can thrive and succeed at UMass Amherst. OIE works to promotes student success through recruitment efforts, graduate fellowships, mentoring and community-building programming.

Our Mission

  • Increase access to graduate education to scholars from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds
  • Foster belonging for all graduate students through the development of a more inclusive campus climate
  • Promote success through mentoring, community-building and personal and professional development opportunities for all graduate students, especially those from historically underrepresented backgrounds


The Research Enhancement and Leadership (REAL) Fellowship is awarded to outstanding graduate students from historically underrepresented groups in the humanities and arts, social sciences, education, nursing and business. The fellowship provides four years of summer support in the form of a $5,000 fellowship each summer (two years for MFA students).

The Spaulding-Smith Fellowship is awarded to outstanding doctoral students from historically underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The fellowship provides full financial support during the first and final year of graduate school.

UMass Amherst has several graduate student organizations dedicated to the promotion and advancement of diversity and inclusion. Working with the Graduate School, these organizations aim to promote a sense of belonging for all students, especially those from groups historically underrepresented in academia, through community-building events, professional development programming, and the cultivation of a positive campus climate.

The UMass Amherst Graduate School is deeply committed to promoting access and inclusion in graduate education for all students, especially those from backgrounds historically underrepresented in higher education. We invite you to learn more about our commitment to diversity and the ways we can support you as you consider graduate school.

Each year, the Graduate School selects two members of the university community to receive a Commitment to Diversity Award. This award recognizes one graduate student and one faculty member for their outstanding contributions to diversity and inclusion in graduate education at UMass Amherst.

UMass Amherst is a member of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) network, a consortium of Research-1 institutions with a shared goal of improving the preparation of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers for careers that include college and university teaching.

The university offers diversity resources, and there are other resources available externally.

UMass has several methods through which you can report an incident of bias or receive support.