Get Involved

Everyone has a role to play in improving campus climate at the U. This page lists many opportunities. If you have a resource to add, contact cclimate@umn.edu.

Anyone in the Twin Cities Campus Community

Equity & Diversity Certificate Program

The Equity and Diversity Certificate helps participants develop tools necessary for advancing equity and diversity in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. 
Who this is for: It’s free of charge and open to students, faculty, and staff on all campuses.
More information: Ralph Blanco, rblanco@umn.edu, 612-625-8680

EOAA Series of Trainings

Custom workshops related to issues within Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action.
Who this is for: Faculty, staff, and students.
More informationhttps://diversity.umn.edu/eoaa/educationandresources

Trans Advisory and Action Team (formerly the Transgender Commission)

The Trans Advisory and Action Team is a coalition of students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members working for equity, access, and liberation for people of all gender identities and expressions. It is led by trans*, genderqueer, and gender nonconforming people across the University of Minnesota and local Twin Cities communities.
Who this is for: Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members.
More information: Melinda Lee, leex7745@umn.edu

Lactation Advocacy Committee

Advocates for lactation spaces and resources on campus.
Who this is for: Faculty, staff, and students.
More information: Sara Benning (sbenning@umn.edu) and Sarah Keene (skeene@umn.edu)

Provost’s Council on Student Mental Health

The committee aims to raise awareness about issues related to student mental health, effect policy change, improve conditions on campus for students with mental health conditions, and serve as a model of collaboration for our campus and other universities.

Who this is for: Faculty, staff, and students.

More information: Matthew Hanson, Assistant Director, Boynton Mental Healthhans1053@umn.edu

Step Up

Ally training workshop on to help students to recognize events where they should step up and give them the skills to effectively intervene.
Who this is for: Twin Cities faculty, staff, and students.
More informationhttp://stepup.umn.edu/

University Community Response Team

An interdisciplinary group of Twin Cities campus professionals who provide support services to groups of students affected by trauma. Examples of groups served include residence halls, classes, academic departments, student organizations, and athletic teams. Team members are drawn from mental health professionals, clergy, police, and student affairs professionals.
Who this is for: Faculty, staff, and students from the Twin Cities campus.
More informationhttp://www.mentalhealth.umn.edu/facstaff/university-community-response-team.html

Small World Coffee Hour

Invites all international and domestic students, faculty and staff to gather together in relaxing social environment. Each interactive event has the flavoring of a specific cultural region’s activities, foods and traditions.
Who this is for: All Twin Cities students, faculty, and staff.
More information: http://www.isss.umn.edu/programs/smallworld


Women in Technology (WIT)

WIT's mission is to increase diversity in technology on campus at all levels, striving to create connections between the University of Minnesota and the broader women-in-technology community. Members include women and allies, both students and professional, who work with or are interested in working with technology. WIT members seek to grow together as a professional network, share knowledge with each other as peers, and act as a support system to empower our future careers and endeavors.
Who this is forUMN-WIT membership is open to all interested in our mission. Please join our Google group to receive updates, learn about upcoming events, receive shared community resources, and join the conversation! 
More informationwit.umn.edu

Students

Minnesota Student Association Diversity & Inclusion Committee

The MSA Committee on Diversity & Inclusion is the student government committee devoted to issues of campus climate. It's a great way to spearhead an issue of diversity and inclusivity on behalf of undergraduates and work with students, faculty, and administrators.

Who this is for: Any undergraduate.
More information: Tala Alfoqaha, alfoq002@umn.edu

Social Justice Leadership Retreat

The Social Justice Leadership Retreat is designed to help educate students about the concepts of social justice and community leadership through exploration of their own stories, the stories of others, exploring issues of oppression and privilege, developing contacts and support networks across campus, and developing skills to be an ally to many different groups.
Who this is for: Undergraduates on the Twin Cities campus
More informationhttps://housing.umn.edu/get-involved/social-justice

Student Groups

Student group involvement is one way to become engaged in activities and conversations about campus climate.  With hundreds of groups on campus, students are sure to find one that fits their cultural and diverse interests.  Information listed in the Student Group Directory will identify groups, their purpose, and how to contact them for further involvement.

Additionally, students can visit the second floor of Coffman Memorial Union to engage with Cultural Centers (Al-Madinah Student Cultural Center, American Indian Student Cultural Center, Asian Student Union, Black Student Union, Disabled Student Cultural Center, Feminist Student Activist Collective, La Raza, Minnesota International Student Association, Queer Student Cultural Center).

Who this is for: Primarily for students on the Twin Cities campus.  Faculty and staff are also welcome to join.
More information: Student Unions & Activities, sua.umn.edusao@umn.edu or 612-626-6919

Office for Student Affairs Opportunities

There are a variety of student advisory boards, committees, and student leadership opportunities through the Office for Student Affairs, ranging from the Student Health Advisory Committee to the Aurora Center volunteer opportunities to the University Student Legal Service's student-run Board of Directors.
Who this is for: Students on the Twin Cities campus.
More information: To get involved, email the Office for Student Affairs or call 612-626-1242Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups

Weekly small group gathers that bring international and domestic students together in an intimate atmosphere to explore their cross-cultural experiences and perspectives.
Who this is for: Students on the Twin Cities Campus
More information: http://www.isss.umn.edu/programs/disgroup

Boynton Transgender Health Clinic

The Boynton Transgender Health Clinic seeks to provide care and resources for transgender and non-gender conforming patients utilizing an informed consent model.

Who is this for: Faculty, staff, and students

More information: https://boynton.umn.edu/clinics/transgender-health

Greek Life

The University of Minnesota Greek Community consists of four councils: the Interfraternity Council (IFC), the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), and the Panhellenic Council (PHC). Known together as ‘BeGreek,’ the councils organize events and provide opportunities to create a sense of community, provides scholarships, provides leadership opportunities, and gives back to the community through community service initiatives and fundraisers.

Who is this for: Students

More information: https://www.begreekumn.org/http://fsl.umn.edu/

Global Undergraduate Leadership Programs (GULP) 

A cohort-based leadership program that connects UMN students with students from the Australia National University (ANU) to gain leadership experience and enhance cross-cultural communication and global awareness.

Who is this for: Sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduate students

More information: glp@umn.edu

Students Crossing Borders

A Learning Living Community in Middlebrook Hall that brings international and domestic students together into a single housing community that gives residents a global experience through interactive cross-cultural learning.
Who this is for: Students on the Twin Cities Campus
More information: http://www.isss.umn.edu/programs/scb or email scb@umn.edu

Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups

Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups gather small groups of international and domestic students to explore their new ideas, exchange cross-cultural experiences, learn from diverse perspectives.

Who this is for: All students (international and domestic)

More Information: https://isss.umn.edu/programs/disgroup

International Student Advisory Board

The International Student Advisory Board works as a consultative body sponsored by International Student and Scholar Services and the Office of Student Affairs. The members contribute to enhancing the international student experience by focusing on issues pertaining to student life outside the classroom.

Who this is for: Departments, staff and faculty interested in improving the international student experience are encouraged to contact the board for recommendations.

More Information: Contact Barbara Kappler, bkappler@umn.edu https://isss.umn.edu/programs/intladvisory.html

Social Justice Action Living and Learning Community

 A living and learning community in the 17th Avenue Residence Hall to enhance leadership skills related to social justice concepts and have the opportunity to work with other students through peer education and outreach.

Who is this for: Students

More information: mcse@umn.edu and reslife@umn.edu

Parents As Students Support (PASS) Group

A support group for student parents that creates opportunities for connection and learning about solutions to the unique problems student parents face at a university. 

Who is this for: Undergraduate students

More information: sphc@umn.edu

Gopher Hall 

Gopher Hall is a virtual community that provides social and academic support by providing a forum for commuter students to connect with one another. The combination of virtual resources and in-person programming promotes a more accessible and stronger connection to the campus community for commuter students. With many of the University's commuter students also being first-generation students, Gopher Hall provides easily accessible resources, information, and answers to questions that they may not receive living at home.

More information: Caitlin Herby, herby005@umn.edu or http://ocl.umn.edu/live-at-home/#getting-involved

Multifaith Student Council

Developing an on-campus multifaith community that advocates for students on faith-based issues, develops programming that inspires dialogue and education, and ultimately connecting students across all faith traditions. Making an open and supportive campus community in collaboration with many student groups.
Who this is for: Students on the Twin Cities campus.
More information: http://www.umnmfsc.com/, email mfsc@umn.edu, or connect on Facebook.

Faculty and Staff

P&A Women’s Council

Established in 2008, the Professional & Administrative (P&A) Women's Council provides leadership to enrich the University environment for P&A women through professional development, networking, and advocacy.
Who this is for: P&A Women
More information: Leslie Bautista, (Vice Chair of Communications), Student Counseling Services, 612-625-3173bauti005@umn.edu

Project and Change Management Collaborators (PCMC)

(PCMC) is a vibrant and responsive peer network at the University of Minnesota that strives to advance knowledge and foster exceptional results in project and change management.
Who this is for: University faculty and staff interested in taking a project and change management approach to their work as well as those in formal project and change management roles.
More information: Contact the PCMC Sterring Committee at pcmc@umn.edu

Black Faculty & Staff Association

The mission of the Black Faculty & Staff Association (BFSA) is to build and maintain a well-connected community of Black employees to increase their sense of belonging and affinity to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
Who this is for: Black faculty and staff.
More information: bfsa@umn.edu

American Indian Faculty and Staff Association

Affinity group for American Indian faculty and staff.
Who this is for: American Indian faculty and staff.
More informationFawn Grauman-White, graum007@umn.edu and Sonyna Castillo, casti048@umn.edu.

Asian American Pacific Islander Desi (AAPID) Staff and Faculty Association

The Asian American Pacific Islander Desi Faculty and Staff Association strives to support AAPID employees at the University of Minnesota by sustaining a visible and dynamic AAPID community, engaging in professional networking and leadership development, and promoting the overall retention and advancement of AAPID employees at the U of M.
Who this is for: Asian American Pacific Islander Desi (AAPID) faculty and staff.
More informationaapid@umn.edu

Latino/a/x Faculty and Staff Association (LFSA)

The Latino/a/x Faculty and Staff Association aims to provide opportunities for faculty, administrators, and staff to interact with each other and create community.
Who this is forLatino/a/x faculty, staff and others employed at the university. 
More information: Email us: lfsatc@umn.edu or find us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/umnlfsa/

University Indigenous Women and Women of Color

University Women of Color sponsors events and gatherings that create a space for all women of color and indigenous women within the University to feel valued, supported, respected, and connected.
Who this is for: Women of color and indigenous women faculty and staff.
More information: uwoc@umn.edu

Pride @ Work

Pride @ Work is a group of GLBTQIA employees who link together across the University of Minnesota around the following areas: Social Connections; Professional Networking; Campuswide Change at the U of M; and Topics Impacting GLBTA Employees.

Who this is for: GLBTQIA Employees. 

More informationDomingo Coto, cotox002@umn.edu

Women’s Faculty Cabinet

The mission of the cabinet is to provide consultation and advice to the senior vice president for academic affairs and provost in order to improve and enrich the academic and professional environments for women faculty at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. More info.

Who this is for: Women faculty.

More information: wfc@umn.edu

Diversity Community of Practice (DCoP)

The Diversity Community of Practice (DCoP) is a grassroots community that develops and leverages personal, professional, and technical expertise to ensure successful implementation of equity and diversity goals at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Who this is for: Faculty and staff from collegiate and administrative units across the Twin Cities campus.

More Information: Virajita Singh, singh023@umn.edu

ISSS Intercultural Training Workshops

A collection of workshops focused on intercultural competency and skills development as well as “Culture In-Depth” sessions discussing the unique practices, customs, and values of some of the largest international student populations on our campus. ISSS will also work with groups to develop customized sessions upon request.
Who this is for: University faculty and staff, primarily on the Twin Cities campus
More information: http://isss.umn.edu/training/intercultural.html

International Student Advisory Board

The International Student Advisory Board works as a consultative body sponsored by International Student and Scholar Services and the Office of Student Affairs. The members contribute to enhancing the international student experience by focusing on issues pertaining to student life outside the classroom.

Who this is for: Departments, staff and faculty interested in improving the international student experience are encouraged to contact the board for recommendations.

More Information: Contact Barbara Kappler, bkappler@umn.edu https://isss.umn.edu/programs/intladvisory.html

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