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 Office for Diversity in Graduate Education (ODGE) administers the DOVE Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded to approximately 15 first-year students from underrepresented groups (U.S. citizens or permanent residents). The fellowship provides a $25,000 stipend, tuition at general graduate rates (up to 14 credits per semester), and subsidized health insurance for one academic year.
Applicants who wish to be considered for the DOVE Fellowship must apply by the December 15 deadline. Please indicate your interest in the fellowship in your Diversity Statement and outline why you believe you would be a good candidate (see the DOVE page for more information). If your application is considered for nomination, you will be contacted directly by our department prior to the fellowship deadline.
Based in the Graduate School Diversity Office, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Immigration Response Team members are available to talk with individuals who are looking for legal assistance and need information about where to get help. In addition they keep a running list of campus and community resources available on their web site.
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.
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://faculty.umn.edu/national-center-faculty-development-diversity.
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), the Black Graduate and Professional Program Student Association (BGAPSA) or Circle of Indigenous Nations.
This directory was developed by the University of Minnesota's Office for Diversity in Graduate Education as a courtesy to inform University students, staff, and faculty about resources and services within the Twin Cities area. The directory can be viewed by major category or by the primary community served. The University of Minnesota does not endorse any of the resources or services listed in the directory that are external to the University.
The Office for Equity and Diversity's Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) compiled a list of information in the Twin Cities to welcome individuals to the University of Minnesota and to help connect them with diversity resources. Learn more through the Welcome to Your Community resource guide.