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Illinois Partners for Diversity

Since 1986, the Graduate College at the University of Illinois has worked to establish relationships with Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) throughout the United States, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. In 2010 the Illinois Graduate College launched Illinois Partners for Diversity (IPD), with an inaugural summit funded by Proctor & Gamble.

IPD Summits bring together administrators and faculty to create institutional collaborations that enhance educational opportunities for underrepresented racial and ethnic minority students.

For information about the IPD partnership or how to become a partner, please contact


IPD participants at welcome breakfast


IPD 2012 group photo


Janet Dixon Keller and Naomi Jakobsoon