The University of Minnesota is committed to creating a culture where all members of the University community can make equity and diversity a core value of their work and learning. Join the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) in creating a welcoming and inclusive campus by getting involved this fall. You can:
- Earn an Equity and Diversity Certificate (workshops 1-10 are now open), which helps participants develop tools necessary for advancing equity and diversity in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. The workshops are free of charge and open to members of the University of Minnesota community on all campuses.
- Apply your learning in the yearlong Leadership, Engagement, and Development (LEAD) Program. The LEAD Program is the third tier of the Equity and Diversity Certificate, and will develop leadership through mentoring, personal assessment and reflection, educational programming, targeted skill development through group work, and community building. (LEAD participants are required to have completed the basic Equity and Diversity Certificate by the start of the program.)
- Attend new faculty-focused workshops - "Teaching with Intention: Facilitating Challenging Conversations in the Classroom" and "Identifying and Challenging Implicit Bias in Faculty Search Committees" - that will be offered every semester.
- Sign up for workshops conducted by OED units that focus on a wide range of equity and diversity issues in higher education. Learn more about workshops offered by the following OED offices:
- Disability Resource Center
- Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
- Institute for Diversity, Equity and Advocacy (for faculty)
- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally Programs Office
- Women's Center
- Participate in the Critical Conversations about Diversity and Justice series, which continues with "Queer Histories (Queering History) of the Twin Cities" onOctober 30. Every conversation in the series takes place on a Friday, 1:30-3:00 p.m., and features knowledgeable panelists from both the University and the broader community. Live streaming of each conversation will be available.
Equity and diversity are critical to issues of campus culture and climate. We look forward to working with you in leveraging equity and diversity to achieve excellence in teaching, research, and public engagement. Best wishes for a successful fall semester.
Katrice A. Albert, Ph.D.
Vice President for Equity and Diversity