The University of Minnesota defines diversity as not only a driving force, but a necessary condition for academic excellence. A diverse student body contributes to a rich graduate education experience – one in which students with vastly different backgrounds and experiences come together to learn, research, and create new knowledge.
But for many students who are traditionally underrepresented in graduate education – and may be unaccustomed to the state’s climate, customs. and culture – making a smooth transition to the land of lakes, mosquitos, midwestern winters, and the culture of “Minnesota Nice” can be difficult.
The UMN Graduate Ambassadors Program is an initiative that aims to make these students aware of the opportunities available and to ease their transition into graduate school at the University of Minnesota.