What Is Campus Climate

The University of Minnesota supports a welcoming campus climate in which all persons are treated with respect. Toward that end, the University facilitates, sustains, and advances a culture that supports equity, inclusion, and community by fostering dialogue, respect, and personal growth. The goal of these purposeful activities is to provide an environment that allows everyone the opportunity to succeed.

Campus Climate Background and History

Campus climate emerged in 2014 as a pressing issue through the Twin Cities campus strategic planning process, as well as past and current grassroots efforts led by campus groups concerned about the experiences of marginalized groups at the University of Minnesota.

To address campus climate concerns, in early 2014, then-President Eric W. Kaler created the Initiative to Improve Campus Climate on the Twin Cities Campus. Between 2014 and 2019, this initiative was expanded and sustained as a collaborative effort across campus. A Campus Climate Engagement Team led some of those efforts, and other initiatives and projects were created and led in colleges and units and among senior leadership.

A more detailed history of the campus climate initiative, including reports, can be found here.

President Joan T. A. Gabel, who began her tenure on July 1, 2019, will continue to support efforts to improve campus climate across the University. She has approved funding for the micro-grant initiative on the Twin Cities campus for the 2019-20 academic year.