Commitment to Diversity
The college embraces diversity, inclusion and excellence. We are committed to promoting the principles of equal opportunity, affirmative action and multiculturalism where all individuals are valued, respected, provided the opportunity to flourish and are unobstructed in their pursuit of excellence. Our goal is to create workplace and classroom experiences that promote academic richness through cultural diversity and are free of intolerance and coercive behaviors. Multiculturalism promotes an understanding that the human experience includes, but is not limited to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
Biological and cultural diversity are closely intertwined. Intellectual, educational, and cultural ‘monocultures’ invite institutional obsolescence. In an era of increasing globalization and demographic shifts, excellence in research, teaching and outreach will be achieved by developing the multicultural competence of the college. Innovations in inquiry, curriculum, pedagogy and engagement should be undertaken through the lens of cultural pluralism. Deepening our institutional commitment to, competence with and understanding of diversity will contribute to the creativity and prestige of the college in all of its work.
Diversity is the fact of human difference that makes a difference in how we interact with one another, communities, institutions and ourselves (relative to developing and respecting human potential, creating a supportive, nurturing climate and environment, and acknowledging legal responsibilities to historical inequities).
Inclusion is the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, in research and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect—in ways that increase awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals with varying identities interact within systems and institutions. Inclusion empowers diversity within an organization to impact organizational structure, culture and outcomes. (Adapted from AAC&U Inclusive Excellence).
Equity is the recognition that we must create opportunities for marginalized and historically underrepresented groups that have not benefitted, had access to or been equtiably represented within the college or through its efforts.
CFANS supports the university statement that: "Diversity is not just numeric representation. Nor is it just an institutional asset or benefit. Far from just enriching or enhancing campus life or the academic enterprise, it is fundamental to everything we do at the University of Minnesota.
It is our responsibility as an institution to serve and support the following individuals and groups at the University of Minnesota:
- People of color, including underrepresented groups and new immigrant populations;
- American Indians and other indigenous populations;
- People with both visible and invisible abilities;
- People of various gender and sexual identities and expressions;
- First-generation students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
We also address issues of access and climate for individuals who might encounter barriers based on their religious expression, age, national origin, ethnicity, or veteran status."