Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Pardee RAND Graduate School

Pardee RAND students, faculty, and staff create a welcoming environment and encourage each other to think critically about assumptions we make when defining problems, exploring solutions, and engaging with outside institutions and communities.

We are committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community that brings fresh ideas, new approaches, and serious perspectives to the pursuit of solutions to intractable and emerging public policy challenges, such as racial equity and homelessness.

Our students hail from 23 countries, speak 29 different languages, and represent a wide swath of research disciplines and experience.

Dean's Message

Pardee RAND Graduate School trains students to address the most intractable problems of our time. Our students embody a special combination of experience, expertise, and perspective that we call upon to be the answer to the challenges they see around them.

At Pardee RAND, we foster a diverse and inclusive learning experience. By embracing the shared value of diversity, we are able to work toward greater understanding and better policies.

Pardee RAND is committed to the education of future policy leaders who embody the values of objective and evidence-based analysis—leaders who will create positive change in our communities and appreciate the power of diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout their careers.

I invite you to join me, at Pardee RAND, in ensuring that our campus is one where everyone is included and valued for the perspective they bring to our community to make a difference, be the answer, and make the world a better place.

Susan L. Marquis

At Pardee RAND, we believe that better public policy reflects the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we are dedicated to promoting those values throughout the educational and professional environment at Pardee RAND and the broader RAND community.

We cultivate an environment in which the different experiences, identities, and worldviews of our student body are valued. These include—but are not limited to—race, ethnicity, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, religion, place of origin, immigration status, ability status, and social or political beliefs.

At Pardee RAND, we foster a diverse and inclusive learning experience. By embracing the shared value of diversity, we are able to work toward greater understanding and better policies.

— Susan L. Marquis, Dean

Pardee RAND Diversity Data

Pardee RAND views transparency as an important step toward having a diverse, equitable, and inclusive student body. We review this data internally as part of our administrative processes and are pleased to share them.

Student Profile


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Geographic Representation

International Student Citizenship by Region

The student race and ethnicity reporting in 2018 and 2019 followed the U.S. Department of Labor’s definitions. However, the Pardee RAND Graduate School is required to report key school information to the U.S. Department of Education through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). The school also posts, success measures, disaggregated by race/ethnicity using IPEDS definitions (see our Student Success and Achievement Data page to view graduation and time-to-completion rates). To maintain consistency with Pardee RAND Graduate School’s internal and governmental reporting, starting in 2020 the student race and ethnicity reporting will follow the IPEDS categories (PDF). Faculty race and ethnicity reporting will continue to utilize the U.S. Department of Labor’s definitions.

Faculty Profile



DEI in Action

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisor

Malcolm V. Williams oversees efforts to ensure that the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion are reflected in every aspect of the school—from research, teaching, and advising to curriculum, admissions, partnerships, and the dissertation experience.

Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Scholarships

The Edward and Estela O'Brien Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Award offers qualified students the opportunity to acquire and develop advanced research skills through faculty mentoring relationships, professional development, and a two-year full-tuition scholarship.

The scholarship is intended for students who are underrepresented in the student body population, have overcome obstacles such as socioeconomic or educational disadvantage, or are the first generation in their family to attend college and/or pursue an advanced degree.

Equity in Policy Analysis Training

Pardee RAND offers workshops and seminars on diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the school year. Students, faculty, and staff may participate in workshops on such topics as implicit bias, inclusive workplaces, and broadening perspectives.

Additionally, RAND-sponsored employee resource groups offer support, camaraderie, and outreach opportunities for a wide range of groups, including Black, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latinx, LGBTQ+, and those with disabilities.

Research Opportunities

Through RAND's Center to Advance Racial Equity Policy, a broad slate of projects is underway aimed at centering racial and ethnic equity in policies and systems. These RAND-initiated projects cross disciplines and research areas, from social and economic policy to national security. Pardee students are supporting and even leading some of these efforts

Students also research topics including improving workforce diversity in the military and promoting community health and environmental policy, and participate in externships focused on Community-Partnered Policy and Action.


Pardee RAND’s Faculty Leaders Program is an annual, week-long program that engages faculty from throughout the United States from colleges and universities serving students underrepresented in public policy. The intent is for faculty to return to their institutions with new tools to effect change in their classrooms and their communities and to inspire their students to consider careers and advanced study in public policy.

Pardee RAND partners with professional and academic organizations on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, including the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program and the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM).