Far from just enriching campus life or the academic experience, equity and diversity are critical to issues of campus culture and climate and are fundamental to everything we do at the University of Minnesota. Below are examples of some of the resources and services on campus for our students.
The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities offers over 300 student groups with a cultural/diversity focus. Many of these groups are focused on the graduate student experience, and you can find a list of those here. Of particular interest may be the Graduate Students of Color Alliance (GSOCA), University Women of Color (UWOC), and/or the Black Graduate and Professional Program Student Association (BGAPSA).
Community of Scholars Program
Based in the Office for Diversity in Graduate Education, the Community of Scholars Program (COSP) works towards creating an institutional environment that supports the academic and professional success of graduate students who are underrepresented in academia. COSP assists in helping students (US citizens and permanent residents) more fully participate in the University; develop supportive relationships with advisors and mentors; build a sense of community through academic seminars and professional development workshops; and connect to the Twin Cities and broader U of M system through teaching, research, and community engagement opportunities. Learn more about the program on their web site.
Office for Diversity in Graduate Education
Office for Diversity in Graduate Education (ODGE) coordinates and leads the University’s initiatives in the recruitment, funding, retention, and graduation of a diverse graduate and professional student body.
Office for Equity and Diversity
In 1996, the University of Minnesota began a process of realigning resources that resulted in the existing Office for Equity and Diversity (OED). This intentional process of building a strong, interwoven structure reflects the University’s view of equity and diversity as critical elements and core values in achieving excellence at a leading research institution.
CFANS Office for Diversity and Inclusion
The college embraces diversity and excellence. We are committed to promoting the principles of equal opportunity, affirmative action, and multiculturalism where all individuals are valued, respected, provided the opportunity to flourish, and unobstructed in their pursuit of excellence. Read the college's statement on diversity and visit their website for more resources.
Graduate Ambassadors Program
For many students who are traditionally underrepresented in graduate education – and may be unaccustomed to the state’s climate, customs. and culture – making a smooth transition to the land of lakes, mosquitos, midwestern winters, and the culture of “Minnesota Nice” can be difficult. The UMN Graduate Ambassadors Program is an initiative that aims to make these students aware of the opportunities available and to ease their transition into graduate school at the University of Minnesota. The Office for Diversity in Graduate Education currently coordinates graduate ambassador programs for McNair Scholars, Puerto Rican students, and black students in graduate education.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally (GLBTA) Programs Office
The Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Ally (GLBTA) Programs Office is dedicated to transforming campus climate for University of Minnesota students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members by developing and supporting more inclusive understandings of gender and sexuality through education, advocacy, outreach, and support.
Campus Climate emerged over the last two years as a pressing issue through the Twin Cities campus strategic planning process, as well as past and current grassroots efforts led by campus groups concerned about the experiences of marginalized groups at the University of Minnesota. To address campus climate issues, President Kaler charged senior leaders in early 2014 with forming the Campus Climate Workgroup (CCWG) to study climate on the Twin Cities campus and question what’s working, what resources are in place, and what needs to change.
Keeping Our Faculty: Recruiting, Retaining, and Advancing American Indian Faculty & Faculty of Color
The first Keeping Our Faculty of Color Symposium took place in 1998 on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus, and was the result of efforts by forward-thinking leaders at the University of Minnesota. Today, the Keeping Our Faculty Of Color Symposium is still the only national symposium focused on advancing faculty diversity in higher education.
National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity Institutional Membership
As part of their ongoing commitment to recruiting and retaining an excellent faculty, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities has become an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD). The NCFDD is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community of faculty members, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students. Graduate students are invited to register under the auspices of our institutional membership at https://www.facultydiversity.org/institutions/umn.