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Nicholas Vang standing in a record store

"I love how energetic and excited the students get." -Nick Vang, UMD Education Faculty Diversity Scholarship

CEHSP is made up of five academic departments and a variety of centers that promote research and practice in the social and human sciences. Our collective teaching, scholarship, and service supports student development as engaged citizens, reflective learners, critical thinkers, and evidence-informed practitioners in a culturally-sensitive, socially-just learning environment.

Nick Vang, an English and Teaching Communications Arts and Literature Major, credits his scholarships with helping him reach students from diverse backgrounds across the state. 

Giving Priorities

Department of Education

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Department of Applied Human Sciences

Department of Social Work

Department of Psychology

American Indian Learning Resource Center

Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center

Center for Environmental Education

UMD's Children’s Place

The Robert F. Pierce Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic

Preschool at the Park

The Ruth A. Myers Center for Indigenous Education

Courtney Salmela

For Teaching Communications Arts and Literature major Courtney Salmela, scholarships have allowed her to stay focused on school. “I’m really thankful that so many people are generous enough to give back.”


The Department of Education

The mission of the Department of Education is to prepare learner sensitive educators with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to contribute to a better society. Donations help to fund scholarships for diverse students, and benefit the elementary and secondary education programs.

Teaching communication arts and literature major Courtney Salmela has always known she wanted to be a teacher. She feels a special connection to June B. Hendrickson, especially since she found out Hendrickson taught in Courtney's home town of Hibbing. Courtney says that the scholarships have allowed her to stay focused on school.

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The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

The academic and clinical faculty of The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers excellence in academics and provides comprehensive clinical services in speech language pathology and audiology to Duluth and the surrounding community. Donations provide general support, as well as support for the Eddy Lecture Fund and the Robert F. Pierce Clinic Mission Fund.

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The Department of Applied Human Sciences

The Department of Applied Human Sciences includes 22 full-time faculty members with teaching and research interests in athletic training, exercise science, public health education and promotion, physical education, and environmental and outdoor education. Giving to to AHS ensures future support for student professional development, Health and Physical Education, and scholarships.

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The Department of Social Work

The mission of the Department of Social Work at the University of Minnesota Duluth is to promote human well being and advance social justice through teaching, research, and service.  The program has a strong commitment to serving underserved and underrepresented populations, and is one of the few programs in the nation that includes a special focus on American Indian social services. Your donations support the Institute in American Indian Child Welfare, as well as general department funds.

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The Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology provides an unusually strong combination of applied and research opportunities in psychology. We have affiliations with dozens of service providers, institutions and agencies in the Duluth area that allow us to provide vital community services and valuable internships for students. Our outstanding faculty members have won campus or college awards for outstanding teaching, research, advising, and service. We are happy to now be able to also offer a Master’s degree in Psychological Sciences.

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The American Indian Learning Resource Center

The American Indian Learning Resource Center exists to enrich the cultural, academic, supportive, and social environment of the UMD campus. Our mission is to increase the recruitment and retention of American Indian and Alaskan Native students, while promoting a more culturally diverse campus environment. Working in conjunction with UMD staff, the AILRC provides supportive services to empower and aid in the success of our students and to enhance their educational experience. The American Indian/Alaskan Native Community Volunteer Scholarship supports students who have committed to volunteering with American Indian/Alaskan native populations.

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Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center
Sonia Kjos and Steve Waring in the Boulder Lake Learning Center

Forty-five minutes from home, at Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center, Sonia Kjos and Steve Waring pick up their canoes, load their gear, and paddle to a campsite for a weekend getaway. “This place means a lot to us, and it’s an amazing resource for the area,” Steve says.

Boulder Lake Environmental Learning Center offers research opportunities, family events, professional development and K-12 field trips. We depend on our natural resources and face a future of increasingly more complex resource issues. Your donations support the critical work of exploring the interrelationship between our environment, society, and the economy. 

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Center for Environmental Education

The Center for Environmental Education is dedicated to facilitating leadership and educational experiences that foster environmental sustainability through outdoor and environmental education. Our vision is to be a leader in education for sustainability by serving as a catalyst for collaboration among campus departments and community organizations. We sponsor educational opportunities, facilitate outreach and civic engagement opportunities, and encourage research in environmental sustainability.

The UMD Children’s Place

UMD Children’s Place is founded in the belief of the critical importance of the first years of life and the need to embrace the diversity of our world today.  The mission of UMD Children’s Place is to provide quality, nurturing care and to provide interdisciplinary educational opportunities for UMD students.

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The Robert F. Pierce Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic

The Robert F. Pierce Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic is a teaching clinic for students pursuing degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Under the supervision of CSD Faculty who are certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health, student interns provide speech-language-hearing service to clients. Your donations support the mission of the clinic, and provide assistance for clients with financial needs.

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Preschool at the Park

The UMD Preschool at the Park is committed to providing high-quality and play-based early childhood care to young children ages 33 months to 5 years old. UMD Preschool at the Park is designed to be a model program that continually evolves to meet the shifting intellectual/emotional needs of parents and their children. Its goal is to provide quality, innovative preschool experiences that are play-based, student-centered, and keyed to the environmental and cultural needs of the Twin Ports area. Our UMD students receive unique educational experiences, offering alternative pedagogical theories and practices to encourage critically reflective learners and practitioners. In addition, UMD Preschool at the Park contributes to the UMD mission of outreach and public service by providing an inclusive program to serve the greater Duluth area in addition to the UMD community.

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The Ruth A. Myers Center for Indigenous Education

The Ruth A. Myers Center for Indigenous Education develops and facilitates quality educational experiences and services for those working in public service in schools, education, and other agencies serving American Indian people.  The Center also supports cohorts of American Indian students, who are instructed around an Ojibwe world view. The philosophy, coursework, and course projects are related to the health, well-being, history, culture, and education of Native peoples. The Ruth Myers Professorship in American Indian Education supports the advancement of American Indian Education throughout the state.

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