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Featured Announcements

One Nation or Many Nations in One? Racism, Romanticism and American Indian Issues Today

When: May 9, 2014 (Live streaming here) - (RESCHEDULED FROM FEB 21, 2014)

Where: Givens Conference Room in Elmer Andersen Library

Unlike other ethnic minorities in the United States, American Indians are not only defined by their ethnic identity, but also by federal, state, and tribal laws. The University of Minnesota is situated on Dakota land, yet, only one percent of its students are American Indian. How can the campus be more welcoming and what role does the University play in closing the achievement gap? How does the University’s role in advancing agricultural technology affect traditional crops? Panel members will share personal and professional perspectives and engage participants in a dynamic dialogue about the impact of historical and current laws, treaties, and practices on American Indian people.
The panel will be moderated by Karl Lorenz, (Lummi) Director of the CFANS Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

International and LGBTQ: A Panel Discussion on Identity and Culture

Wednesday, April 30, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Room 202, St. Paul Student Center

Please join us for a discussion focusing on the experiences of students who are international and LGBTQ.  This panel will explore the intersections of culture, traditions, gender expression, and sexuality and how these identities and experiences impact students while they study in the United States.  All students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to attend this event. 

Registration is not required but will help us get a count for the event:

Lavender Award Ceremony!  Come and Celebrate!

DATE: Monday, May 5th, 2014 6pm-8pm

Where:  The Whole, Coffman Memorial Union

Senator Scott Dibble will be joining the GLBTA Programs Office at the event as the evening's keynote! Dinner will be provided. 

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Working Across Difference: CFANS Undergraduate Education Initiative

This fall the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences kicked off a new initiative that focuses on enhancing intercultural competence and the ability to effectively work across difference in all CFANS undergraduates. This multi-year initiative is currently focused on first-year students and will extend over time to be fully integrated into the CFANS undergraduate experience. Core components of the initiative include the completion of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) by all CFANS first-year students, facilitation of sessions in orientation courses that focus on building cross cultural competency, awareness of the unequal impact of difference and employing multiple cultural perspectives. To support this effort, the college has created an online learning tutorial, met with all CFANS orientation classes and is working with faculty in various disciplines to integrate intercultural content into their courses. More information about this initiative will be available soon.

Diversity in the Performance Review Process Resources

Resources are available for supervisors to assist in building diversity goals into the performance review process. Visit the following links:

Workshop Focusing on Experiences of Diverse Grad Students at U of M

The CFANS Office for Diversity and Inclusion has partnered with International Student and Scholar Services and the Office for Diversity in Graduate Education to create a workshop which focuses on bridging cultural differences between faculty and graduate students of diverse and international backgrounds and creating an inclusive educational environment. The workshop utilizes clips from the video, Breaking Boundaries: Graduate Student Perspectives on Cultural and Ethnic Identity in the Academy, created by the Office for Equity and Diversity, and includes interactive activities and discussion. Please contact for more information.

Diversity in the Curriculum Workshop Sessions

The Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) in collaboration with the CFANS Office for Diversity and Inclusion invite faculty to engage in a hands-on, workshop where they can revise syllabi or specific segments of courses to include more consideration of diversity and make their courses more attractive to diverse students on our campus. These workshops are offered on an ongoing basis. Faculty will be notified of available sessions.

Diversity and Inclusion Professional Development Small Grants Program

As a staff or faculty member of the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences, you can apply for up to $1,000 to further your learning in the areas of diversity, multiculturalism, equity, and social justice. For more information visit the Professional Development Grants Program page.

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