University Resources

The University of Minnesota is dedicated to providing high-quality education and resources for faculty in the areas of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Through a variety of services and programs, we aim to give everyone equal access to learning and cultural experiences.

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Office of Equity and Diversity (OED)
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.

Campus Climate
The University of Minnesota supports a welcoming campus climate in which all persons are treated with respect. Toward that end, the University facilitates, sustains, and advances a culture that supports equity, inclusion, and community by fostering dialogue, respect, and personal growth. These purposeful activities and shared responsibility provide an environment that allows everyone the opportunity to succeed.

Medical School Minority Affairs and Diversity
The mission of the Medical School’s Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity is to create a welcoming environment for minority and underrepresented medical students. 

Women's Faculty Cabinet
The mission of the Women’s Faculty Cabinet is to improve and enrich the academic and professional environments for women faculty at the University of Minnesota and to ensure that the University continues and strengthens its commitment to the success of its women faculty members.  View a profound speech by Rachel Thomas of the Lean in Foundation from our 2017 Retreat.

Latina/o Faculty and Staff Association
Our Purpose: To build and sustain a community of belonging and advocacy for Latino Faculty and Staff in order to promote a more equitable campus climate. 

Health Equity Leadership and Mentoring (HELM) Program 
HELM focuses on some of the challenges that trainees from minority and underserved groups as well as other faculty whose research is addressing health equity may face. A new cohort of HELM fellows is selected annually to participate in the program. 

U of M Affinity Groups and Contact Information

American Indian Faculty and Staff Association

American Indian Faculty and Staff Association

Brittany Anderson, branders@umn.edu

Sasanehsaeh Pyawasay, pyawasay@umn.edu

Asian American Pacific Islander Desi (AAPID) Staff and Faculty Association

Asian American Pacific Islander Desi (AAPID) Staff and Faculty Association

Uyenthi Tran Myhre, tranx473@umn.edu

Black Faculty and Staff Association

Black Faculty and Staff Association

Quincy Lewis- President, lewi0207@umn.edu

Na'im Madyun- Vice President, madyu002@umn.edu

Latino/a Faculty and Staff Association

Latino/a Faculty and Staff Association

Faustina Cuevas, fjcuevas@umn.edu

Gilbert Valencia, gvalenci@umn.edu

University Women of Color

University Women of Color

Anitra Cottledge, cottlead@umn.edu

Amanda Brown, brow2968@umn.edu

Pride@Work

Pride@Work

Domingo Coto, cotox002@umn.edu

Crystal Harris, caharris@umn.edu

Transgender Commission

Transgender Commission

Melinda Lee, leex7745@umn.edu