Support Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Mississippi Schools

Help the School of Education Build a Better Future for Mississippi


Are you passionate about advancing and sustaining diversity, equity and inclusion in Mississippi education?

Here is your chance to make an impact like never before by supporting these University of Mississippi School of Education initiatives!

The UM School of Education works to advance educational equity, champion diversity and foster inclusive learning environments through innovative practice by individuals who lead and inspire others. Financial support from our alumni, friends and community members is vital to continue our work. You can get involved today by making a gift to these important programs:


Transfer to Teach: Provides substantial scholarship aid for teacher candidates transferring from a Mississippi community college who, in exchange, commit to teach in Mississippi public schools for at least three years.

Dr. Theopolis Pride Vinson Memorial Scholarship: Created in memory of the former assistant dean of the UM School of Education, this scholarship supports junior and senior African American education students who demonstrate extraordinary leadership and community service.

Diversity Teacher Recruitment Fund: Supports the recruitment and retention of exceptional teacher candidates who diversify the UM School of Education community and Mississippi teacher workforce.


Education Equity Undergraduate Scholarship: Honors SOE students who demonstrate a commitment to racial equity in the classroom, contribute to the diversity of the SOE, and intend to teach in Mississippi public schools following graduation.

Mississippi Teacher Corps (MTC): Founded in 1989, MTC sets out to be the nation’s best alternative-route teaching program. Participants earn their Master of Arts in Teaching while serving in critical-needs Mississippi schools for two years.

Education Equity & Strategic Initiatives: This program promotes equity within the SOE and will provide financial resources for future programs and workshops for educational leaders.


21 United Scholarship: Supports future educators with a commitment to better serving students with Down syndrome in the North Mississippi area.

Applied Behavior Analysis: A growing degree program that prepares highly qualified, board-certified educational professionals to meet the needs of students with autism and other behavioral challenges.

Luetta Ford Scholarship for Special Education in honor of Dr. James Mann: Given to honor a beloved special education professor, this scholarship supports graduate students in the ABA program who plan to specialize in educating students with special needs.

Advancing our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion today matters for Mississippi education tomorrow. To learn more about other education DEI-focused initiatives, or to support additional efforts at the School of Education, contact Associate Director of Development Kelly Smith Marion at 662-915-2007 or

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