Diversity and Inclusion
The Department of Food Science and Nutrition affirms the pressing importance of fulfilling our collective responsibility to create an environment where everyone is respected and valued. We believe it is critical to actively transform our work and learning environments to better meet this responsibility. Furthermore, we recognize that many cultures, communities and individuals offer knowledge and experience that can advance the health, well-being, and prosperity of our society, and we are obligated to continue learning about the deep relationships between culture, knowledge, and health. Our geographic context offers a unique opportunity and responsibility to lead our disciplines in valuing human difference. The richness of the human experience across difference is an untapped resource that can make our organization richer and more robust, leading to greater impact and innovation. This work will help us to cultivate educated and fair-minded citizens of the world. We commit ourselves to creating an academic environment that reflects the twenty-first century land grant mission of serving our pluralistic society, and we acknowledge the historic resistance of institutions to facing and addressing these needs.
The University of Minnesota strives to advance research within topics focused on underrepresented minority groups while providing a nurturing environment for students to explore and thrive in their areas of interest. The University of Minnesota values its diverse population and boasts an inclusive environment that fosters academic and personal growth. A fundamental goal of the University is to create a climate of equity and diversity to the benefit of all faculty, students, and staff.
Please use our diversity and inclusion pages as a guide as you consider the University of Minnesota for your graduate studies. Please contact Nancy Toedt with additional questions about the department and graduate studies.