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Moving Beyond Compliance: Supplier Diversity and Community Economic Impact

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

By Darryl A. Peal, Office for Business and Community Economic Development

Across the nation, corporations, universities and municipalities have developed supplier diversity programs to deal with equity and inclusion challenges in their supply chain.  Historically, most diversity programs initially focused on human resource issues. They concentrated exclusively on the numbers of diverse people they have employed or enrolled in their organization or institution.

Those early programs represent the introduction of diversity and inclusion initiatives into corporate America and higher education. However, to truly be inclusive, organizations must include their community economic impact into the very fabric of their inclusion goals. It is my belief that numerical representation is only one part of inclusion. Inclusion also means that diversity and cultural competency is part of the very fabric of an organization’s human resource goals and business initiatives.

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OED Awards - Call for Nominations

Friday, August 19, 2016

Each year, the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) sponsors numerous awards in support of equity and diversity work and achievements at the University of Minnesota. OED invites you to consider two such awards that recognize the excellent work underway at the University being done in these areas -  the Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award, and the Outstanding Unit Award for Equity and Diversity. Read the full story and find links for nominations on the OED website.

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New International Students and Scholars Arriving on Campus

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Over the next few weeks, more than 300 new freshmen, 400 undergraduate transfers, 800 graduate and professional international students, and 300 non-degree students from more than 130 countries will arrive and settle in for the academic year. Hundreds more scholars and researchers from around the world will arrive throughout the fall semester. Each of these individuals brings new perspectives and experiences to our University and a strong motivation to learn and succeed.


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