Underrepresented Minority Graduate Student Recruitment Funding

Associate Dean for Graduate Education
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Key Contacts

If you have questions, please contact the Assistant to the Associate Dean for Graduate Education.


Underrepresented Minority (URM) Teaching Assistants.

Policy Purpose and Description  

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences sets aside some funds to encourage the recruitment of underrepresented minorities (URM) for positions as teaching assistants (TAs). Once an individual has been successfully recruited, CLAS will authorize expenditures by the recruiting department of up to $2,500 for the first new HTE appointment each year and $1,000 for each additional new HTE appointment.


Underrepresented Minorities: US citizens and permanent residents who are Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino/a, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders, women in science and mathematics (including computer science), and individuals with disabilities (defined as an individual with a "physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities" in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended (https://www.ada.gov/pubs/adastatute08.htm)).


The DEO must write to the Associate Dean for Graduate Education with a specific request for these funds. The funds set aside for this initiative are limited and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The funds may be requested to improve funding packages by providing scholarships or to cover expenditures for future URM recruitment initiatives. If awarded, the funds will be allocated to the department's URM grant program number 5-2583555 MFK.

When the recruiting unit is different from the hiring unit, the two units may agree on a division of the funds, based on actual recruiting expenses, and apply to the Associate Dean for Graduate Education for authorization. Otherwise, only the recruiting unit will be authorized to spend the funds.



Frequently Asked Questions  


Related Information

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) as amended

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