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Campus Climate Micro-Grant Fall 2020 Update

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
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The Office for Equity and Diversity will not be opening a new Campus Climate Micro-Grant cycle in fall 2020. Due to COVID-19, many of last year’s recipients have not yet used their funds, and we plan to monitor the situation this fall before making a decision on a new cycle. 

We will provide updates this spring with information on future Campus Climate Micro-Grant funding cycles. The Campus Climate Mirco-Grant Project is made possible with generous support from President Gabel. 

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Submit Your Faculty Driven Proposal

Monday, September 14, 2020

The Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) is accepting funding proposals for the Faculty Driven initiative. Apply and/or help spread the word! Deadline: October 30. Learn more:

Faculty Driven, that invites faculty to creatively address equity and diversity needs within their departments. This program provides funding for faculty to develop programs that strengthen the University’s diverse community of scholars.

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International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Message for Campus

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Below you will find a message sent international students regarding the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced proposed guidance on online course limits for international students on F-1 visas for Fall 2020 (the guidance does not apply to J-1 students) from Assistant Dean Barbara Kappler:

Dear international students,

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University of Minnesota joins others challenging U.S. visa restrictions on international students

Thursday, July 9, 2020
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University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel announced today that the University will join an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit that challenges recent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) restrictions on visas for international students. Minnesota is one of a growing number of universities nationwide, including many of its Big Ten peers, that are filing amicus briefs in support of the Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology lawsuit against the federal government.


The School of Public Health EDIT Book Club presents a virtual discussion

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17TH, 3:00 p.m. | 4:00 p.m., Zoom Link Available upon request

The classic, bestselling book on the psychology of racism, Based on the book Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in The Cafeteria by Dr. Beverly Tatum. In our last meeting in April, we had a rich discussion about the book and related topics. We have much more to say! This part 2 discussion will focus on two chapters: The Complexity of Identity (2) and Embracing a Cross Racial Dialogue (10). Everyone is welcome to join the conversation whether you have read the book or not.

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Calling undergrads! Apply for the Scholarly Excellence in Equity & Diversity (SEED) Award

Monday, May 11, 2020

The Office for Equity and Diversity is now accepting applications for the 2020 Scholarly Excellence in Equity & Diversity (SEED) Award. This systemwide award honors underrepresented undergraduate students who are doing outstanding work to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Minnesota and in the community. Apply and learn more at


Critical Disability Studies Collective (CDSC) Webinar May 20th

Friday, May 8, 2020

Please join the Critical Disability Studies Collective (CDSC) for an informational webinar about the past and present of the Critical Disability Studies Collective. They will also provide information about the various ways you can get involved with the CDSC and join them in creating the future of critical disability studies at the University of Minnesota.


Fighting COVID-Related Bias

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

A message Vice President Micheal Goh, Office for Equity and Diversity:

"Dear University Community,

Over the past several weeks we have done our best to adjust to difficult circumstances that have disrupted our daily lives and threatened our health and wellbeing. I am proud of the strength and resilience of our University community. I know we will continue working together to care for ourselves and one another during this crisis.

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