Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.00
Liaison Jonna Korpi
Submission Date Nov. 4, 2019
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University of Minnesota, Duluth
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.44 / 2.00 Mindy Granley
Sustainability Director
UMD Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee, office, and/or officer tasked to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights on campus?:

Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on students, employees, or both?:
Both students and employees

A brief description of the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer, including purview and activities:

Committees: Commission on Equity, Race, and Ethnicity; Commission for Women; Commission on Disabilities; GLBTQA Commission.

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion collaborates with students, staff, faculty, alumnx, and community partners to implement programs and services that support the University’s commitment to inclusivity, equity and social justice. In addition, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion staff develops and implements programs and services that affirm and support the retention and graduation of African American, Asian/Pacific American, Latino/Chicano, International, and queer and trans+/gender non-conforming students.

Dr. Paula J. Pedersen is currently the Director of Education for Inclusive Excellence at the University of Minnesota Duluth. This position reports directly to the Chancellor and leads campus-wide training and education related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Paula co-chairs the Campus Climate Initiative.

Susana Pelayo-Woodward is currently the Director of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the Assistant to the Chancellor for Inclusive Excellence.

UMD Campus Climate Teams: UMD has specific teams that work to create a campus culture that is welcoming and supportive to all who learn, work and visit the campus. The goal is a climate that incorporates social justice values of diversity, equity and inclusion in every aspect of the institution. The success of this effort depends on the entire campus becoming involved. Areas of concern are leadership at all levels, grassroots or unit efforts, resources, dialogue and collaboration, education and self-awareness, an organizational structure that promotes and supports campus change, and a model for institutional transformation.

Each team consists of a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students who are working specifically on campus engagement. Teams include: Leadership team, Campus Change Team, Unit Change Teams, and Campus Climate Response Team.

Estimated proportion of students that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):

Estimated proportion of staff (including administrators) that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):

Estimated proportion of faculty that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):

A brief description of the institution’s cultural competence trainings and activities for each of the groups identified above:

The Commission on Equity, Race, & Ethnicity puts on an annual Summit that is open to all students, faculty, staff, and community to attend for a donation or very small fee. This event occurs in February each year and offers a full day of workshops designed to reach all levels of people at many levels of equity & inclusion development. Many staff, faculty, and students attend all or part of the day as part of their professional development and commitment to Strategic Goal 2: Diversity & Inclusion.

UMD also offers intensive workshops through the Intercultural Leadership Development Initiative annually or bi-annually for a small cohort of faculty & staff. Since the ILD Initiative's inception in 2012, 17 cohorts, each with 18 UMD staff, faculty and administrators have participated in the 4.5 day Intercultural Leadership Development program.

Equity & Diversity Certificate. The Equity and Diversity Certificate is a program developed by the University of Minnesota System’s Office of Equity and Diversity. This ally model series of workshops help participants develop tools necessary for advancing equity and diversity in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. It’s free of charge and open to all faculty and staff on all campuses of the University of Minnesota. These courses are taken indiviudally, based on each person's own schedule and needs, with the certificate being attained once all 10 workshops are completed. http://www.d.umn.edu/campus-climate/training-development/equity-diversity-certificate-program

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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