Diversity in Psychology Program

The University of Minnesota Graduate Programs in Psychology (Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Educational Psychology) are excited to announce the 2022 Diversity in Psychology Virtual Program on November 4, 2022. Applications have now closed for the 2022 program. Please check back Spring 2023 for updated information on the 2023 Diversity in Psychology Program.

Last year, we transitioned to a virtual learning experience which worked well and allowed us to accommodate more students. Therefore, we will once again be offering the Diversity in Psychology Program virtually. Our hope is to offer an in-person experience in the future; however, we will continue to use this opportunity to build online resources for students to use while applying for Graduate School. 

2019 Diversity in Psychology Program Attendees


Our Diversity in Psychology Program is designed for individuals who are historically underrepresented in psychology graduate programs and who are interested in learning about graduate education in Psychology at the University of Minnesota. The event is hosted by the Department of Psychology in collaboration with the Institute of Child Development and the Department of Educational Psychology who serve as co-sponsors. We accept applications from individuals with interests in any of these three areas and departments. This program will feature a coordinated set of formal and informal experiences designed to familiarize participants with strategies for constructing successful graduate school applications and to provide them with the opportunity to learn more about the experience of graduate education in our departments.

Please note that acceptance to the Diversity of Psychology Program does not guarantee admission to any of the three Psychology Graduate Programs. Students must apply to one or more of these programs via the Graduate School's online application and then be reviewed by the appropriate  program(s) along with all other applications received by the area of specialization.

Here is what our current graduate students, who were past participants of the Diversity in Psychology Program, had to say about their experience: 

“The Diversity in Psychology Program allowed me to learn a lot about the Ph.D application process before applying. It was extremely helpful to hear about the application process from both current graduate students as well as faculty members in the department. The continued investment of UMN's Tri-Psych departments on increasing and retaining diverse students is one of its greatest strengths. I felt valued as a participant and have been volunteering the last few years as a mentor! I encourage anyone who is eligible to apply because it is one of best ways to learn about grad school before applying!”

Romulus Castelo, Institute of Child Development, PhD Student

“The Diversity in Psychology Program was a great experience for me to learn more about the overall grad school application process, the psychology departments at UMN, what the Counseling Psych department has to offer, the lab in which I was interested, its research and its culture, and the different communities in the Twin Cities. Those couple of days made me fall in love with this PhD program and it quickly became my #1 choice! Grateful to be here!”

Qurat-ul-ain Gulamhussein, Department of Psychology, PhD Student

“Diversity in Psychology was one of the most impactful experiences during my graduate school application journey. I learned about school psychology right before applying for DIP, and I was having a crisis about what type of programs to apply for and where to apply. I was a little scared about moving to the Midwest from the East Coast. DIP gave me the opportunity to come to the Twin Cities, learn about all the different psychology programs, and talk directly with my current advisor Dr. Amanda Sullivan. I was shocked to see the commitment to  recruitment and success of underrepresented students the department seemed to show. The trip solidified my interests in school psychology and UMN became my top choice. I can't imagine myself anywhere else!”

Thuy Nguyen, Department of Educational Psychology, PhD Student

“The Diversity in Psychology Program was invaluable and crucial during the application process. Not only did this program help prepare me for the logistics of the application process by providing information on the requirements for grad school, but DIP provided more support that has been helpful during grad school as I gain more cultural and social capital.

This program provided an open and honest space for participants and current students to share their own experiences, which contributed to a sense of community among participants and students. As a Latina first-generation college student, it was important for me to be able to see other students with similar backgrounds be working towards the same goals and be able to learn from them and their experiences. The DIP program helped me see that I was capable of being in a PhD program and that wherever I decided to go I would be able to accomplish my goals.”

Melissa Velez, Department of Psychology, PhD Student

“Diversity in Psychology created an opportunity for me to connect with current faculty and students and learn about the graduate programs firsthand. I was especially inspired by the session where faculty shared their paths leading to academia. Their stories of overcoming obstacles have given me faith and encouraged me to continue pursuing an academic career. Even a year after my participation, a professor in the program reached out to me and offered to help me with graduate school applications by reviewing my personal statement. The program’s continued support and investment in underrepresented students demonstrated the school’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, which played a major role in my decision to come study here.”

Jinyi Zhang, Institute of Child Development, PhD Student

“I found U of M's Diversity in Psychology Program to be both an impactful and unique experience. Being able to meet with students and faculty from the department well before the actual grad school application cycle not only helped out with the application process but also motivated—in part—my eventual decision to join the department.

Seeing the commitment the department is moving toward, for supporting the intellectual development and financial stability of students from all backgrounds, identities, and walks of life, really made the U of M stand out in my mind, compared to my other grad school options. I'd definitely encourage anyone interested in this program to apply and attend, regardless of where you might be considering or eventually end up for grad school!”

Scott Blain, Department of Psychology, PhD 2021


To be eligible to apply to the Diversity in Psychology Program, you must:

  • Be enrolled in a college or university as a junior or senior, or have graduated with a bachelor's degree. Individuals currently enrolled in a terminal master's-level graduate program in psychology are also eligible. Students currently attending the University of Minnesota are eligible to apply;
  • Identify as a member of groups underrepresented in graduate training in psychology, including ethnic and racial minority groups, low-income backgrounds, persons with a disability, LGBTQ+, military veterans, and first-generation college students or graduates.

Please note that international students are not eligible to apply.

Additional Criteria

Individuals must also meet one or more of the following criteria:

As primary host, the Department of Psychology collects the Diversity in Psychology Program application materials on behalf of all three graduate programs.

Applications are closed for the 2022 Diversity in Psychology Program.

You are encouraged to review the Psychology Graduate Program Areas, as well as the websites for Developmental Psychology and Educational Psychology, including faculty profiles, prior to submitting your application.