Diversity Resources


Diversity in Research Education

The Center for Immunology in partnership with The University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity, The Graduate School, the Office for Diversity in Graduate Education and with the Medical School's Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity  shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  Our goal is to create a welcoming environment for all students, staff and faculty at the University of Minnesota. 

Graduate School Diversity Office

 The Graduate School Diversity Office coordinates and leads the University’s initiatives in the recruitment, funding, retention and graduation of a diverse graduate and professional student body.

Medical School Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity Support Services for Students

The Medical School offers services and resources to help students thrive academically, culturally, and personally. Of special interest:

  • Medical School Office for Minority Affairs and Diversity, which works to foster a diverse community of students, staff, and faculty and to provide opportunity and support to prospective students from minority groups.
  • Center of American Indian and Minority Health, offering community-based training in urban and reservation communities, plus cultural support for Native American medical students.
  • Mentoring Programs, including the Senior Mentor Program (in which each new student is "adopted" by a senior medical student) and the Senior Medical Student Advisor Program (which pairs first-year students with upperclass tutors).
  • Confidential Peer Assistance Program, for support and referral.
  • Student National Medical Association, focusing on the needs and concerns of medical students of color.
  • Student activities, such as Women in Medicine, the Student International Health Committee, the Intertribal Alliance of Medical Students, and the Minority Mentorship Program, which pairs medical students of color with high school youth.

The Office for Equity and Diversity

The OED offices work with all faculty, staff, students and administrators to serve the University community, a few of their initiatives include:

The Office for Diversity in Graduate Education coordinates and leads the University's initiatives in the recruitment, funding, retention and graduation of a diverse graduate and professional student body. It also works closely with other University offices concerned with diversity and multiculturalism, specifically in the areas of admissions, and academic support and mentoring.

The Office for Conflict Resolution provides an integrated conflict management system for University employees who have workplace concerns. The office works to encourage dialogue, identify interests, generate options, build accords, and conduct fair hearings.

The Disability Resource Center promotes access and equity for all students, faculty, staff and guests of the University. It does this through design of innovative learning and working environments, and collaborative education and partnership with the University community.

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) is committed to eliminating individual and systemic barriers that inhibit individuals and groups from attaining equal access to University of Minnesota employment, education, programs, and services. EOAA provides expertise in: policy development and issue identification; education; discrimination consultation and investigation; community connections; and compliance.

The Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life improves the campus climate for all University students, staff, faculty, alumni, and visitors by developing and supporting more inclusive understandings of gender and sexuality. It does this by bridging and building communities that create affirming and welcoming environments in which people can be their whole selves and which honor all identities and experiences.

The Institute for Diversity, Equity and Advocacy (IDEA) is a research initiative that convenes scholars from the University of Minnesota and from around the world to collaborate across disciplines, departments, colleges and campuses. It supports the development of new research, and works to enhance retention and faculty diversity by fostering ties among faculty and between faculty and the local community.

The Women’s Center advances equity for women students, staff, faculty and alumnae across identities. The Center offers leadership programs, events, workshops and consultations; connects women to information, scholarships, organizations and colleagues; and advocates for organizational change in policies and practices. The first campus-based Women’s Center in the nation, the Center celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010.

The OED also offer Workshops that focus on a wide range of equity and diversity issues in higher education. They can also be customized for individual unit needs and concerns.

For more info. access OED's resource guide for a listing of books, articles, videos, websites, and blogs tied to equity and diversity.