Graduate Chemistry Diversity

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About Us

THE CHEMISTRY GRADUATE DIVERSITY OFFICE supports the Department’s mission of training the next generation of scientists and is committed to developing underrepresented groups within the scientific talent pool. Originally begun as the Women in Chemistry program, this office has expanded its scope to address issues of recruitment, retention and advancement of women and minorities at the graduate level in the chemical sciences. Diversity initiatives include:

  • Promoting professional development through seminars and workshops
  • Supporting efforts of local organizations promoting the advancement of women and minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.
  • Providing networking opportunities with other scientists and engineers at the university and with University of Illinois alumni
  • Offering professional development support and mentoring

The goal of the office is to foster the academic and professional success of a diverse student body in the Department of Chemistry.

Upcoming Events

For a list of upcoming events, please see the Graduate Diversity Events Calendar.

Graduate Resources

The Chemistry Graduate Diversity Office serves as a resource to recruit, retain and advance graduate students in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois. To learn more about the exciting opportunities available to graduate students, please check out the Graduate Resources brochure and the Organizations link.

Graduate Diversity Contact
Recruiting, Developing, Promoting STEM Talent

Lloyd MunjanjaDr. Lloyd Munjanja
Assistant Director of Graduate Diversity
and Program Climate
Department of Chemistry
109C Noyes Laboratory
MC-712, Box D-1
600 South Mathews Avenue
University of Illinois
Urbana, Illinois 61801

You can contact Lloyd by calling (217) 300-4174 or emailing him at


If the office hours do not work for you, please email

About the Assistant Director

After completing his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at the College of St. Scholastica, MN, Dr. Munjanja received his Ph.D. in organometallic chemistry at the University of Rochester, NY under the direction of Professor William D. Jones. His interest in diversity and inclusion in the chemical sciences took him to the National Science Foundation Center for Selective C-H Functionalization (CCHF) based out of Emory University. As the CCHF Director of Education, Outreach, and Diversity, he coordinated and supported the education, outreach, and diversity programming efforts - connecting 110+ organic chemistry faculty, postdoctoral scientists, graduate and undergraduate student members to a broad range of audiences and programs.

In his role new role at Illinois, as the Assistant Director of Graduate Diversity and Program Climate, Lloyd will be leading efforts to promote diversity and foster an inclusive environment for all students, faculty, and staff in the Chemistry Department.