Diversity Scholars Program

Committed to increasing 
the representation of underserved 
populations in higher education.

Committed to increasing
the representation of underserved
populations in higher education.

Program Overview

The Diversity Scholars Program is an enrichment program designed specifically for promising ethnic/racial minority undergraduate students. This weekend experience (October 20-23, 2016) is designed to expose, educate, and prepare participants for graduate work in psychology. It is our goal to diversify the field of psychology by preparing and recruiting more ethnic/racial minority undergraduate students for graduate programs at Adler University or elsewhere.

Students selected for this program will be provided with opportunities to:

  • Preview a graduate student experience through participation in a community psychology course with Adler University faculty.
  • Receive practical tips related to selecting a graduate program, strengthening your admissions application, and funding your education.
  • Learn about the intersection of psychology and social justice through the work of the Adler University Institute on Social Exclusion or Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice.
  • Learn from graduate students what graduate school is really like and what to consider in choosing a program.
  • Build authentic long-term relationships with current graduate students and faculty through an ongoing mentorship program.

Program Funding

The following expenses are covered by Adler University: Airfare (or mileage reimbursement for those students driving to campus), lodging, meals, all required materials for workshop sessions, and all scheduled activities. The following expenses will not be covered: car rentals, shuttles, baggage fees, any additional costs resulting from missed flights, or expenses due to modifications to airfare after the initial ticket is secured.

Eligibility Requirements

Adler University's Diversity Scholars program is designed for individuals who:

  • Are members of a racial or ethnic group that is underrepresented in graduate education (African American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, or Pacific Islander)
  • Are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or students with deferred action status and are currently enrolled in undergraduate coursework
  • Have completed a minimum of 45 semester credits (67.5 quarter credits)
  • Demonstrate a strong academic record and a genuine interest in graduate psychology education

Application Process

Due to limited space in this program, the following application materials should all be received no later than June 17, 2016:

  • A completed application form;
  • One letter of recommendation (preferably from an instructor);
  • Official transcripts;
  • A current curriculum vitae;
  • An essay (approximately 500 words) discussing why you are interested in the program and how it fits with your future goals.

Applications can be submitted via email to divws@adler.edu or mailed to:

Adler University
ATTN: Diversity Scholars Program
17 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60602

Inquiries related to this program may be sent to divws@adler.edu or contact us at 312.662.4168.

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