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Philip Kutzko has been a leader, in the Department of Mathematics, and throughout the state of Iowa and nationally, in the effort to increase the participation of groups that are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. He was among the initial group to conceive and implement the Department’s ongoing project to build an inclusive and diverse graduate program. In 2000, Dr. Kutzko wrote the proposal that resulted in the Department of Mathematics becoming designated a Sloan Minority Scholarship Department. This designation resulted in a total of fourteen of the department’s minority students receiving Sloan Scholarships as they passed their Comprehensive Exams. Indeed, all of the recent Ph.D.’s have been Sloan Scholars. Dr. Kutzko founded and co-Directs the National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences, an NSF-sponsored partnership of math sciences departments at the Iowa Regents Universities and Mathematics departments at approximately 20 minority-serving institutions. He serves as the Iowa Regents mentor at Florida A&M University and has mentored 21 students there.