Diversity at MPC

Here's what we want.

At the Minnesota Population Center, we believe that the creation of a diverse and inclusive community is central to maintaining the excellence of all of our projects. Our definition of diversity extends beyond race and gender and includes socioeconomic status, religion, gender identity and expression, and more. As a center, we aspire to represent the diversity of our city, our region, and our world and to create a space that encourages and embraces inclusiveness, equal opportunity, and respect.

Here's how we live it.

In 2015, the MPC developed a diversity enrichment initiative with the goal of increasing the diversity of our community. Since then, we've been welcoming Diversity Fellows every summer. 

See for yourself.

Read about our inaugural Fellowship program in the 2015 newsletter.

Meet our most recent Fellows on the Office for Equity and Diversity blog.

Read about the results of a project from the 2017 Fellowship.

Learn about some of the work former Fellows have done on the IPUMS blog:

MPC Diversity Fellows

Diversity Fellowship Program

The Diversity Fellowship at the Minnesota Population Center is designed to help recruit underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students to work on IPUMS data infrastructure projects or with MPC member faculty on demographic research projects. 

Summer 2018 Projects

Call for Faculty Member Proposals

We are seeking faculty members to lead research projects and serve as mentors for the MPC Summer Diversity Fellowship Program. The Diversity Fellowships run 10 weeks from June 11 to August 17, culminating in a presentation of the research project on the final day. For more details and application instructions, see the above call for proposals.


Fellows will work extensively with data of various types, including historial census and survey data form the United States as well as spatial data. They may interpret, edit, and format technical documentation. They also may analyze data in statistical packages and record the findings systematically. Some fellows help to prepare data for distribution through MPC's data dissemination websites. Fellows are expected to carry out a variety of other tasks as needed for data preparation, data dissemination, and research. Fellows will be expected to learn new software and techniques as necessary, perform work in a timely manner while being attentive to details, and show initiative in solving problems.

Fellows will report to and be mentored by research scientists, senior data analysts, faculty, software developers, or other professional staff working on the assigned project. They may collaborate with principal investigators, other research assistants, post-doctoral associates, and other project and Center staff. Graduate Fellows will be asked to be a peer mentor to their Undergraduate Fellows team member.


  • Professional mentorship: each Fellow is paired with two mentors working on the assigned project. Graduate Fellows will gain mentorship experience. Undergraduate Fellows will gain peer mentorship from Graduate Fellow team members.
  • Professional development: Fellows will participate in professional development workshops over the course of the summer, in addition to weekly cohort meetings.
  • Paid summer stipend: graduate students — 10 weeks, 20 hours per week, $22.95/hr; undergraduate students — 8 weeks, 20 hours per week, $10.71/hr.


Required: Students must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program. The MPC works with students from many disciplines across campus. Students must have: excellent written and oral communication skills, excellent computer skills and ability to work in a technical environment, good interpersonal skills, reliability and attention to detail, and the ability to act independently and as part of a diverse team environment. Students must be willing to embrace new technologies and skills.

Additional Selection Criteria: Students should self-identify with a historically underrepresented group which includes, but is not limited to: African Americans, American Indians, Hispanic/Latino/a Americans, Asian Americans. We also consider first generation students, women students in tech fields, LGBTQ students, students with disabilities. Students may have: knowledge of a major statistical package (Stata, SAS or SPSS), experience analyzing census or survey microdata, experience with HTML, Unix, and XML metadata, and/or use and knowledge of ArcGIS or other GIS software packages. We are especially eager to recruit students who are interested in learning new skills and who could use MPC/IPUMS data in their own research.

Application Instructions

The summer 2018 application will be available in spring.

Past Projects

Summer 2017 projects

Summer 2016 projects

Summer 2015 projects

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