Diversity and Inclusion: Initiatives and Working Groups

Working Across Difference: CFANS Undergraduate Education Initiative

In the fall of 2013, CFANS kicked off a new initiative that focuses on enhancing intercultural competence and the ability to effectively work across difference in all CFANS students. This multi-year initiative 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 CFANS student cohorts, integration of intercultural content into all four years of the curriculum in each major, intentional focus on building awareness of the unequal impact of difference, and employing multiple cultural perspectives.

Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

The Committee on Diversity and Inclusion is comprised of a group of college personnel with significant experience (or high levels of interest) working in the areas of diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion. We are committed to identifying and implementing a strategic change agenda that encourages the College to reflect the interests, aspirations and cultural richness of our extended community.

Nibi and Manoomin: Bridging Worldviews Committee

A partnership between reservation communities of the upper Midwest and the University of Minnesota, this group works to build understanding within the university of the significant role that wild rice (manoomin, Zizania palustris) plays within the communities of the Anishinaabe people of the upper Midwest and Cree of Canada, and the threats to wild rice in the future.

St. Paul LGBT Advisory Group

The St. Paul LGBT Advisory Group is a partnership between the CFANS Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life to raise awareness and build institutional capacity to address key issues in the LGBT community. The group works on initiatives and events that enhance inclusivity on the St. Paul campus. It includes wide representation from the College of Design, College of Continuing Education, Career and Internship Services, Magrath Library and Bailey Hall, as well as CFANS. All faculty, staff and students are welcome to join. Please contact Joseph Ballard II at jballard@umn.edu or 612-626-3397 to join the mailing list.

Intercultural Development Inventory Initiative

The Intercultural Development Inventory is a tool that measures one's level of intercultural competence as a developmental skillset. Intercultural competence is the ability to adapt behaviors and shift cultural perspectives across cultural similarities and differences. One core competency our college is that students and employees should possess the ability to work across cultural similarities and differences, and the Intercultural Development Inventory allows for us to measure that outcome. The IDI is used primarily for presentations, staff development, or as a course requirement. However, students, faculty, and/or staff members are encouraged to reach out to our office if they are interested in completing the assessment. A requirement to receive scores is to schedule an individual feedback session with a Qualified Administrator.

For more information, or to complete the assessment, please contact divcfans@umn.edu. Also feel free to visit the IDI, LLC. website.