Meet our Office for Diversity & Inclusion team

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.

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CFANS Office for Diversity and Inclusion Academic Program Specialist Tex Ostvig.

Interim Director
Tex Ostvig
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Pam Jonkman.

Program Coordinator
Pam Jonkman
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(612) 624-1185


Britney Hayes.

Cargill Thrive Program Coordinator
Britney N. Hayes
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(612) 625-7276