CFANS Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

The Committee on Diversity and Inclusion is a CFANS representational committee comprised of a group of dedicated individuals with a strong interest in strengthening the college's commitment in the areas of diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion. Members are appointed for 1-2 year terms. Members of the team come from staff, faculty, students and community partners. Representation includes participants from across the campus. 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. Specific recommendations and action items to accomplish this agenda are forwarded to administrative leadership through the Director of Diversity Programs for CFANS.

It is essential to the mission of the college that the talent of each member of our community is fully realized in a manner consistent with the goals of an inclusive organization. We are committed to effecting positive change through innovative planning, regular evaluation, community participation, offering training and providing incentives for demonstrating leadership in the areas of diversity and inclusion.

Formal Charge of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (CFANS Standing Committee)

Responsibilities: The Committee on Diversity and Inclusion is charged with providing advice and counsel to the FCC, Director of Diversity Programs, Dean and other collegiate leadership bodies on initiatives supporting systemic approaches to:

  • Increasing diversity and building an inclusive environment in the workplace (faculty and staff)
  • Developing recommendations and strategies for increasing underrepresented student populations
  • Supporting efforts to develop cross-cultural scholarship
  • Creating innovation through diversity
  • Other issues regarding diversity and inclusion that require attention in a premier institution of higher learning
  • Forwarding appropriate policy recommendations to FCC for inclusion on the Assembly docket
  • Assessing evaluation needs for diversity and inclusion in collegiate programs
  • The Committee on Diversity and Inclusion shall report upon its activities to the FCC at least once each semester

Membership: 
Appointed: In all categories, unless otherwise noted, the FCC’s Elections and Nominations subcommittee nominates a double slate of candidates, from which the Dean appoints members for two-year staggered terms.

  • Four (4) faculty
  • Two (2) P &A staff
  • Two (2) CSBU staff
  • Two (2) community representatives
  • One (1) undergraduate student appointed by the Student Board
  • One (1) undergraduate student appointed by Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS)
  • Two (2) graduate students nominated by the GRPRC and appointed by the Dean
  • One (1) post-doctoral associate from CFANS academic units

Ex officio:

  • One CFANS Associate Dean
  • Director of CFANS Diversity Programs
  • Representative of the University Office for Equity and Diversity

Chair: Elected by the committee, prior to the start of the fall semester, from among the committee members.  The chair will serve for a one-year term. There is no limit to the number of consecutive terms a person can serve as chair.

Current Members

Name Email Address  Unit Term Category
TBA   Undergraduate Student Board Representative FY23 Undergraduate Student
TBA   Undergraduate Student Board Representative FY23 Undergraduate Student
TBA   Graduate Student Representative  FY23 Graduate Student
TBA   Graduate Student Representative  FY23 Graduate Student
Elena West elwest@umn.edu Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology  FY22-23 Post-doc
Melissa Whitefeather mwhitefe@umn.edu CFANS Administration  FY22-23 Civil Service/Bargaining Unit Staff
Rebecca Swenson boli0028@umn.edu Agricultural Education, Communication and Marketing  FY22-23 Faculty
Jan Ohm ohmxx031@umn.edu Rosemount ROC  FY22-23 Civil Service/Bargaining Unit Staff
Gina Brewington gbrewing@umn.edu Student Services/Advising FY23-24 Professional & Academic Staff
Sara Nystuen nyst0055@umn.edu CFANS Administration/IT FY23-24  
Prabin Bajgain bajga002@umn.edu Agronomy and Plant Genetics FY23-24 Faculty
Jiwei Zhang zhan3437@umn.edu Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering  FY23-24 Faculty
Andres Gomez gomeza@umn.edu Animal Science FY23-24 Faculty
Frances Homans fhomans@umn.edu Dean's Office Ex-officio Associate Dean
Tex Ostvig tex@umn.edu CFANS Office for Diversity and Inclusion Ex-officio Interim Director
TBA   UMN Office for Equity and Diversity Ex-officio OED Representative


For more information about the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, contact the CFANS Office of Diversity and Inclusion at odicfans@umn.edu.