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Emerging Diversity Scholars Network


The Emerging Diversity Scholars Network (EDSN) is a professional development network for graduate students who have demonstrated a commitment or have contributed to diversity research and scholarship. The EDSN aims to provide graduate students with exposure to a variety of professional development tools, skills, and networks, to enhance their abilities to make impacts in their scholarship and practice.

Students become a part of this community through an application process in which they must demonstrate an interest in, commitment to, and/or have engaged with diversity research and scholarship in ways that align with NCID’s Framework for Diversity Research and Scholarship. Students demonstrate an interest in or commitment to diversity research and scholarship through their scholarly engagement and projects (e.g. active efforts to build scholarly foundations through coursework or other academic experiences, collaborative projects with advisors/mentors/peers, independent research projects such as theses and dissertations, work-related activities, etc.) and serves as the basis for invitation into the network.

At this time, the network is available to University of Michigan graduate students in good academic standing.


The primary purpose of the Emerging Diversity Scholars Network is to foster and support the next generation of diversity researchers and scholars. This is one way NCID seeks to advance its mission in creating a truly equitable and inclusive society through the use of research and scholarship.

The goals of the EDSN are...

  1. Build an interdisciplinary community of emerging diversity scholars to connect with others, exchange information and ideas, and widen their network of support.
  2. Connect with mentors (faculty, staff, other professionals) in the Diversity Scholars Network.
  3. Engage in scholarly analysis on an array of diversity research and scholarship topics as well as the methodological approaches used.
  4. Provide resources and support for students to develop, engage in, and advance their research and scholarship.
  5. Promote and disseminate the research and accomplishments of EDSN members.


EDSN activities include virtual and in-person opportunities, and you will receive exclusive access to resources meant to develop and promote your scholarship. Activities and opportunities include the following:

Build Community

  • Convenings
  • Facebook group
  • EDSN directory

Connect with Mentors

  • Opportunities to meet with diversity scholars

Engagement with Diversity Scholarship

  • Participate in seminars focused on diversity research and scholarship

Resources and Support

  • Funding opportunities
  • Professional development opportunities

Promote and Disseminate Scholarship

  • Highlight and disseminate student scholarship


To highlight a few of the activities:

Convenings: A monthly informal gathering where students from varying disciplines can gather, share their research, and engage in academic conversations around diversity research and scholarship. Discussion topics include scholar identity, dissemination of scholarship, and the language of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Meet with Diversity Scholars: An opportunity to meet with a member of our Diversity Scholars Network. This meeting allows students to engage in conversations around the scholar’s research, develop a relationship or build a network for future endeavors, and gain wisdom from those who have devoted their careers to diversity research and scholarship. 

NCID Research and Scholarship Seminar Series: This series brings leading diversity scholars from across the nation and U-M campuses to address a variety of topics important to diversity research and scholarship. This forum provides students exposure to the variety of diversity research and scholarship being done as well as allow students to engage in scholarly analysis of methodological approaches used to answer different questions around diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Funding Opportunities: This includes opportunities to apply for supplemental travel grants in order to support students in the production and dissemination of their diversity research and scholarship. Funding from NCID is contingent upon students being in good academic standing and an active member in the network activities.

Monthly Newsletter: Every month updates are sent to the EDSN to highlight scholarship and accomplishments of students in the network. In addition, we include resources and opportunities such as funding, fellowships, and career development.

Application Information

The application is currently closed. Check back for updates!

Students will need to complete the following:

  • CV/Resume
  • 250-500 word response to each set of questions:
    • Why do you want to join the network? How do you think the network will help advance your professional development goals?
    • How have you demonstrate an interest in, commitment to, and/or have engaged with diversity research and scholarship?