Inclusive CFANS Events

Inclusive CFANS...leads to better science

Generating innovation and enhanced practice through diversity

CFANS offers a series of inclusive events, hosted by several college partners, highlighting the critical role that diversity and inclusion play in enhancing community life and vibrancy, inquiry, teaching and practice, and our ability to drive innovation across all disciplines. If you have any questions about events listed on this page, please contact us at odicfans@umn.eduRead about past CFANS events

Dialogue with the Deans

The Dialogue with the Deans series offers an opportunity to come together to reflect on our values as a CFANS community and renew our commitment to actively create a diverse and inclusive environment on the St. Paul campus. These dialogues provide members of the campus community with the opportunity to engage with the deans and other colleagues in learning and conversation about how to make the CFANS and St. Paul communities more responsive and welcoming of various groups. The diversity dialogue is an open exchange, an effort to understand each other’s ideas around diversity and inclusion. The goal of this dialogue is not to necessarily make a decision or reach consensus. Rather, it is to encourage everyone to learn about diversity in CFANS and at the University of Minnesota, explore new issues and build a deeper awareness of the topics in a safe environment. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

Dialogues are typically held on Wednesdays, from noon - 1:00 p.m., in Cargill Building Room 105. See the upcoming Dialogue with the Deans event. For more information, please contact the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at

St. Paul LGBTQIA Advisory Board 

The CFANS Office for Diversity and Inclusion with the support and guidance of the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life works together to facilitate the St. Paul LGBTQIA Advisory Group. This advisory groups serves to bring visibility & awareness of LGBTQIA topics and identities to the U of M's St. Paul Campus.  While there is no dedicated office space, there is a dedicated group of volunteers (students, staff, faculty, administrators) several times throughout the calendar year to discuss, strategize, and create programming and that will build awareness, understanding, and community within the LGBTQIA community on the St. Paul campus.

The committee is in the process of recruiting new members (students, faculty, and staff) to join the solid core of people dedicated to this work who are available to assist in the planning & development of LGBTQIA activities that foster understanding across the St. Paul Campus. 

Additionally, we have open office hours every other Wednesday from 2-5pm on the St. Paul campus where individual can stop by and learn more about the GSC, the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, the advisory group, and how to get involved with the work surrounding LGBTQIA, social justice, diversity, and inclusion.

To learn more about the St. Paul LGBTQIA Advisory group, the St. Paul LGBTQIA efforts, and to get involved, please reach out to Joseph Ballard II, CFANS Coordinator for Diversity Retention and Recruitment at

Department Events

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion believes that diversity is everyone's everyday work, and that effort should be recognized throughout the college. With that goal in mind, our office aims to provide awareness to the great diversity work happening within the various departments in CFANS and across the University.

Inclusive CFANS Resources

Office for Diversity and Inclusion

The college embraces diversity and excellence. The Office for Diversity and Inclusion meets that mission by providing diversity and social justice programming that seeks to educate our campus community about equity and pluralism as it relates to the experiences of marginalized populations. These workshops aim to highlight differences that matter in the context of gaining access to historically exclusive spaces. The goal is to create a baseline of expectations that allow for members of our community to show up and feel valued, respected, able to flourish, and are unobstructed in their pursuit of excellence. For more information about the college's mission and vision around diversity, inclusion, and equity, read the college's statement on diversity.