The university strives to:
  • Promote a campus that is accepting of all differences;
  • Develop a more culturally responsive campus community;
  • Improve campus climate;
  • Strengthen community connections;
  • Increase the recruitment, hiring and retention of a diverse faculty and staff;
  • Increase the recruitment, retention and graduation rates of undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds;
  • Strengthen pipeline programs; and
  • Integrate a curriculum that fosters cultural competencies.
The university is designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) by the Department of Education as an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AAANAPISI).
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Again in 2023, UMass Lowell received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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UMass Lowell has been recognized as a Top Employer for 2023 by for dedication and commitment to building a diverse workforce and culture.

By the Numbers

  • 40
    Percent of undergraduate students are students of color
  • 10
    Percentage point increase in faculty diversity in 10 years
  • 29
    Percent of graduate students are students of color
  • 96
    Percent of buildings on campus are accessible
  • 28
    Percent of undergraduate students are first generation
  • 35
    Percent of undergraduate students are LGBTQ

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