Office for Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity is about all of us, and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together.⁠

—Jacqueline Woodson, author


All ODI staff are working remotely until further notice. For assistance, please email For up-to-date information, visit this website for return to campus details and the Office for Equity and Diversity's COVID-19 response and resources.

Office Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Jody Gray, Director, 612-624-0415

Hemant Persaud, Program Coordinator, 612-624-1185

Tex Ostvig, Academic Program Specialist

Resources & Initiatives 

CFANS supports numerous resources and initiatives to advance its diversity and inclusion mission, explore these opportunities below.

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Our Mission: In 2007 we created the Office for Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), which is the only such office in an academic unit at the University of Minnesota. Today, our team implements retention and recruitment efforts of students and faculty from underrepresented communities and assists the college in understanding the importance of intercultural competence in our society and the workplace. Our goal is to create workplace and classroom experiences that promote academic richness through cultural diversity and are free of intolerance and coercive behaviors. Multiculturalism promotes an understanding that the human experience includes, but is not limited to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

News & Events

News & Events

CFANS offers a series of inclusive events, hosted by several college partners, highlighting the critical role that diversity and inclusion play in enhancing community life and vibrancy, inquiry, teaching and practice, and our ability to drive innovation across all disciplines.


If you have event suggestions and/or stories you'd like to be included on our website, contact us at


American Indian Initiatives

  • Nibi and Manoomin Symposium: A partnership between reservation communities of the upper Midwest and the University of Minnesota, this group works to build understanding within the university of the significant role that wild rice (manoomin, Zizania palustris) plays within the communities of the Anishinaabe people of the upper Midwest and Cree of Canada, and the threats to wild rice in the future.
  • Native American Medicine Garden (NAMG): This garden represents hope for a sustainable food system and the healing of Native peoples whose health and traditions have been devastated by the loss of their ancestral environments.

Learn more about these initiatives and read Dean Buhr's recent statement on the NAMG

Faculty & Staff Resources

  • Committee on Diversity & Inclusion: The Committee on Diversity and Inclusion is comprised of a group of college personnel with significant experience (or high levels of interest) working in the areas of diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion. We are committed to identifying and implementing a strategic change agenda that encourages the College to reflect the interests, aspirations and cultural richness of our extended community. Learn more.
  • CFANS Diversity Community of Practice: Details coming soon.
  • Teaching Across Difference (TAD): The ​Teaching Across Difference (TAD)​ Community of Practice is led by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion in collaboration with the Student Services Office and staff from the Center for Educational Innovation. This program provides workshops and other resources to assist faculty to actively engage topics of diversity and inclusive pedagogy in their teaching. 
  • Individualized Consulting: The Office for Diversity and Inclusion offers individualized consultation tailored to the needs of the faculty. 
  • Deans' Dialogue: This series offers an opportunity to come together to reflect on our values as a CFANS community and renew our commitment to actively create a diverse and inclusive environment on the St. Paul campus. 
  • CFANS Diversity Award: This award recognizes key accomplishments that benefit non-traditional and/or underserved populations by members of our community.

Learn more about these resources.

Courses, Workshops and Training

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion provides diversity and social justice workshops and trainings that seek to educate our campus community about equity and pluralism as it relates to the experiences of marginalized populations. These workshops aim to highlight differences that matter in the context of gaining access to historically exclusive spaces. The goal is to create a baseline of expectations that allow for members of our community to show up and feel valued, respected, able to flourish, and are unobstructed in their pursuit of excellence. ODI will work with faculty to tailor workshops to their needs. Check the University of Minnesota's Office of Equity and Diversity for central education and training opportunities. 

Deans Engaged Leaders Program (DELP): Details coming soon.

On-demand Workshops: Details coming soon.

Request a Training: Details coming soon.

Success Workshops: Details coming soon.

Learn more about these opportunities

For additional information about these programs and more, please contact the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at For faculty and staff resources, please visit the CFANS intranet site. And, for additional information and resources within the university and the greater community, please visit the U of M’s Office for Equity and Diversity.

190 Coffey Hall
1420 Eckles Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108
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