Diversity & Inclusion

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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.

     

Resources & Initiatives 

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

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Undergraduate Scholarships and Opportunities

Undergraduate Scholarships and Opportunities

More than 40 scholarships totaling $300,000 and significant program support help ensure student success at UMN and CFANS and prepares all for life in our ever-changing, diversifying society. More than 10 programs focus on recruitment, academic success, and building community for undergraduates from traditionally underserved groups. Learn more

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Graduate and Post-Doc Financial Support & Opportunities

Graduate and Post-Doc Financial Support & Opportunities

To support diversity within graduate programs, CFANS offers the Diversity Graduate and Professional Scholars (DGPS) Program, Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellows, and the Diversity Fellowship for Graduate Students in the Agricultural Education Teacher Licensure Program. Learn more

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Dialogue with the Deans

Dialogue with the Deans

The Dialogue with the Deans 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. These dialogues provide members of the campus community with the opportunity to engage with the deans and other colleagues in learning and conversation about how to make the CFANS and St. Paul communities more responsive and welcoming of various groups. The diversity dialogue is an open exchange, an effort to understand each other’s ideas around diversity and inclusion. The goal of this dialogue is not to necessarily make a decision or reach consensus. Rather, it is to encourage everyone to learn about diversity in CFANS and at the University of Minnesota, explore new issues and build a deeper awareness of the topics in a safe environment. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

Dialogues are typically held on Wednesdays, from noon - 1:00 p.m., in Cargill Building Room 105. Check out the CFANS events calendar for the next Dialogue with the Deans. For more information, please contact the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at odicfans@umn.edu.

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St. Paul LGBTQIA Advisory Board

St. Paul LGBTQIA Advisory Board

The St. Paul LGBT Advisory Group is a partnership between the CFANS Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life to raise awareness and build institutional capacity to address key issues in the LGBT community. The group works on initiatives and events that enhance inclusivity on the St. Paul campus. It includes wide representation from the College of Design, College of Continuing Education, Career and Internship Services, Magrath Library and Bailey Hall, as well as CFANS. All faculty, staff and students are welcome to join. Please contact Sandra Mitchell at mitchels@umn.edu or 612-624-7953 to join the mailing list.

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Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

Committee on Diversity and 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.

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Nibi and Manoomin Committee

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. To learn more about this symposium, click here.

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Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Initiative

Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Initiative

The Intercultural Development Inventory is a tool that measures one's level of intercultural competence as a developmental skill set. Intercultural competence is the ability to adapt behaviors and shift cultural perspectives across cultural similarities and differences. One core competency our college is that students and employees should possess the ability to work across cultural similarities and differences, and the Intercultural Development Inventory allows for us to measure that outcome. The IDI is used primarily for presentations, staff development, or as a course requirement. However, students, faculty, and/or staff members are encouraged to reach out to our office if they are interested in completing the assessment. Scheduling an individual feedback session with a Qualified Administrator is required in order to receive scores.

For more information, or to complete the assessment, please contact divcfans@umn.edu. Also feel free to visit the IDI, LLC. website.

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Teaching Across Difference Community of Practice

Teaching across Difference Community of Practice

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. The resources available on the TAD Canvas site support teaching and learning that incorporate explicit exploration of intercultural content, diverse perspectives, and self-awareness. Learn more.    

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Workshops and Trainings

Workshops and Trainings

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. 

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Individualized Consulting

Individualized Consulting

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion offers individualized consultation tailored to the needs of the faculty. Faculty have sought assistance in a variety of areas including but not limited to intercultural communications in the classroom/lab; finding community based expert guest speakers and resources; managing diversity-related conflict in the classroom/lab; and creating inclusive classroom/lab environments. Please email odicfans@umn.edu to make a request.

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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.

Visit the CFANS News and Events pages to find relevant topics and activities. 

Or contact us at odicfans@umn.edu.

For additional information about these programs and more, please contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at: odicfans@umn.edu. 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.