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Karl Lorenz

Karl Lorenz

Director of Diversity Programs

+1 612 624 9299

Pronouns: he/him/his

Born of mixed German and Native American (enrolled with the Lummi Nation, Washington State) ancestry, I came to the Twin Cities to study fine arts at the Minneapolis Colleg of Art and Design where I earned a BFA. I continue to maintain an active arts practice working in the studio and on Public Art projects (an arts practice empahisizing close collaboration with communities to provide voice for critical interests). I completed graduate coursework in Philosphy and earned a Master of Liberal Studies degree from thr University of Minnesota.

Working with students gives me considerable satisfaction, and I teach a Freshman Seminar on Ways of Knowing and Science. Students are served best in a diverse environment where multiculturalism is embraced, incorporated and valued throughout the institution--and where unique cultural learning needs are supported. I am committed to providing leadership in the College around concerns of inclusion and diversity by deepening our understanding, building cultural capitol and developing capacity around multicultural issues at all levels of the College.

I have lived with family on the Lummi Reservation in Bellingham, WA, fishing salmon in the Nooksack River, Puget Sound and Kodiak, Alaska, and have also worked, lived and traveled extensively in central and northern Europe.

Contact Karl for information about: 

  • Diversity and inclusion issues, programming and capacity building for CFANS.

Mark Bellcourt

Mark Bellcourt
CFANS Academic Advisor
190 Coffey Hall
+1 612 625 3915

Many Indigenous people have certain protocols for introductions. In keeping with the protocols of my Ojibwe ancestors, please allow me to introduce myself first Ojibwemong:

Boozhoo, Mark Bellcourt niin indizhinikaaz zhaanaashiimong. Bimose Inini idash nindigo Ojibwemong. Gaawiin ningikenimaasii indoodem. Gaa-Waabaabiganikaag niin indoojibaa. Ashkibugziibing nindayendaa noongom.

Greetings, my English name is Mark Bellcourt. However, I am called Walking Man in Ojibwe. I do not know my clan. I come from White Earth, but now I live in St. Paul.

I earned my Ed.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2005 in higher education policy and administration. My research interests are in Indigenous worldviews of math and science and how they can be better integrated into the mainstream curriculum. My master’s degree is in counseling and psychological services and bachelor’s degree in educational psychology and communications. I am currently the Coordinator for the President's Emerging Scholars (PES) program in the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Sciences (CFANS) and senior academic adviser in the College of Education and Human Development. I teach a freshman seminar spring semester called "Native American Ways of Knowing the Environment" (CFAN 1902), lead a Global Seminar called "From Minnesota to Ecuador: Indigenous Environmental Knowledge," and co-teach a seminar for the "Dean's Engaged Leaders Program" and a new integrated course with an international component. Also, I am a part of a team working in the CFANS Office of Diversity and Inclusion to deliver a host of diversity and inclusion initatives in the college and greater campus community. In my spare time, I serve on the national board of directors for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) and on the executive council of the North Star AISES Alliance and Professional Chapter.

Joseph Ballard II, M.Ed.


Coordinator for Diversity Retention and Recruitment

190 Coffey Hall

+ 1 612-626-3397

Pronouns: he/him/his

Joseph has been in the field of Higher Education/Student Affairs; specifically within Multicultural/Minority Student Affairs for over five years.  Joseph is a proud native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Management from Oklahoma State University in May 2010 and during this time while serving as a student leader for several multicultural student organization, mentoring first year underrepresented and first generation students, and working in the University’s minority retention programs office is where he realized his passion for higher education, social justice, and multiculturalism.  He decided to pursue his Master of Education in Adult and Higher Education Administration at the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a dual emphasis is Student Affairs and Social Justice and graduated with that degree in May 2012.

After graduation from OU, he began his professional career at Purdue University working on minority recruitment and retention programs and initiatives in addition to serving as an Academic Advisor for the College of Health and Human Sciences.  He returned to his Alma Mater; Oklahoma State University where he was over African American Student Life, and most recently at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign within the Office of Minority Student Affairs working on mentoring and retention programs/initiatives for students of color for the entire campus. During his time at Illinois, he served on the NASPA IV-East Regional Board as the Illinois Membership Coordinator.

Joseph is grateful for the opportunity each day to "pay it forward" by being an advocate, mentor, resource, ally, and support to the students here at the University of Minnesota and those served within CFANS and the Office for Diversity and Inclusion. He believes it is his purpose in life to provide access, support, and community. He is equally more excited about the opportunity to be a mentor to students from underrepresented and marginalized communities/backgrounds.

You can connect with Joseph if you have any questions about the Office's retention, recruitment, community engagement/outreach efforts for both undergraduate and graduate students. You can reach out to Joseph also in regards to the St. Paul LGBT Advisory Group.

Student Staff

Jean Curtis


Summer Student Ambassador

1420 Eckles Ave

St. Paul, MN 55108

Pronouns: she/her/hers

I’m a junior pursuing a major in Dietetics within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resources. In a few years, I hope to become a Registered Dietician in a hospital or community health center near you.

Being from Chicago, I grew up in a city full of food lovers and deep dish fanatics. It wasn’t until attending the University of Minnesota, I realized that my love for food and human nutrition could be utilized to help others who struggle to obtain their health goals. My main focus is to assist low-income and diverse communities who do not have consistent access to nutritious and affordable food in reaching their health goals.

 By working for Office for Diversity and Inclusion during the summer, I’m able to create relationships with faculty who have already started to the work I want to continue as well as assist future CFANS students in their educational journey at the U of M. I’m currently the Secretary for the Multiculturalism in Agriculture, Natural Resource, and Related Sciences. I’m also involved with College Possible, the Black Student Union, and the Student Organization for Nutrition and Dietetics. My goal in life is to help my community members live longer and healthier lives.

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