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Professional Staff

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 College 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 emphasizing close collaboration with communities to provide voice for critical interests). I completed graduate coursework in Philosophy and earned a Master of Liberal Studies degree from the 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.

Jerad Green

Education Specialist

190 Coffey Hall
+1 612 624 7953
Pronouns: he/him/his
Bio: 

Originally from Ohio, Jerad Green has dedicated himself to a life of social justice advocacy and activism. Through his involvement in multicultural organizations, residence life, first-year experience, admissions, student senate, and multicultural affairs as an undergraduate student, he discovered his passion for student affairs, higher education, and multicultural affairs. After obtaining his B.S.W. from Winona State University in Minnesota, he moved south to pursue his Masters degree in Higher Education Administration at the University of Missouri - Kansas City.

Now, Jerad spends his time actively engaged in his community, educating and supporting individuals in their understanding and development of social justice, intersectionality, and equity. He comes to the University of Minnesota with experience developing and facilitating social justice workshops, teaching, advising, programming, and student development. Further, he is a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Personally, Jerad likes star-gazing, basketball, and playing his cello.

Student Staff

Lilah White

Lilah White

Student Ambassador

1420 Eckles Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Currently, I am a junior in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences, pursuing a major in Environmental Science, Policy & Management and minoring in Native American Environmental Knowledge. I plan to work with the Native American tribes of Minnesota to implement conservation resource programs and to protect and restore native plants and ecosystems to our lands.

I began working for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in September of 2015, during my first semester attending the University of Minnesota. I feel fortunate to be working for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and to have found a support system and acceptance within the academic community among the staff of the office. I have also explored the different student groups and activities provided for Native American students at the U, such as the Circle of Indigenous Nations, American Indian Student Cultural Center, and North Star STEM Alliance: American Indian Science and Engineering Society Chapter – Region 5. Through NSSA: AISES Chapter-Region 5, I had the opportunity to travel to the 2015 AISES Conference in Phoenix, AZ and received a merit scholarship as a participating member. Being supported as a Student of Color enabled me to be more involved in other student groups, like ones that focus on my major, such as Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) and ESPM Student Association. Additionally, I participated in extracurricular activities, such as Orientation & First-Year Programs: Rewind. My experience so far has heightened my knowledge and self-growth, and continues to strengthen me as my sense of community becomes stronger.

Jean Curtis

Jean Curtis

Summer Student Ambassador

1420 Eckles Ave

St. Paul, MN 55108

divcfans@umn.edu

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.