Archive of Past Events

Dialogue with the Deans

Dialogue on Disability
Thursday, April 14, 2016
12:00-1:00 p.m. in 105 Cargill Building
Join the deans for lunch and a conversation about the way people with disabilities experience the college environment.

Identifying and Challenging Implicit Bias in Faculty Search Committees
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
9:00-10:30 a.m. in 105 Cargill Building
Departments across the University of Minnesota hire new faculty each year.  The university is committed to increasing diversity among its faculty, and this includes hiring faculty of color and female faculty in disciplines where they are underrepresented.  The presence of implicit bias in faculty search committees can inhibit this goal.  This workshop will expose participants to the breadth of implicit bias research and will help them recognize shorts cuts that are the result of unconscious or unexamined bias.  Participants will learn best practices and resources for addressing implicit bias in the context of faculty search committees.  Faculty and staff participants of departmental search processes are invited to participate in this workshop.

Teaching with Intention: Facilitating Challenging Classroom Conversations
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
2:30-4:00 p.m. in 105 Cargill Building
Most instructors are adept at handling conversations dealing with their content areas.  But when conversations become more challenging, particularly around topics some find controversial and even "off topic," how can we facilitate in such a way as to increase learning?  In this workshop, instructors will learn strategies for addressing issues of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and religion, among others that may arise, in order to support classroom community and promote inclusive teaching.

Women in CFANS Conversation
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
12:00-1:00 p.m. in 105 Cargill Building
Join the deans for lunch and a conversation about the success of women in agricultural and natural resource sciences

Intersectionality 101

In collaboration with the GLBTA Programs Office and College of Veterinary Medicine VOICE
Friday, February 26, 2016
9:00-10:30 a.m. in 105 Cargill Building
This training is focused on intersectional work exploring how sexual orientation & gender identity intersect with race, class, ability, age, and faith.  It will explore how to interrupt everyday homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism.

Pride@Work Social Hour 
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
4:30-6:00pm at Insight Brewing
2821 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Join this incredible group of GLBTA individuals who link together across the University of Minnesota for a social hour at Insight Brewing.

Students of Color Welcome Reception
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
4:00-5:00 p.m. in 105 Cargill Building
Enjoy appetizers while mingling with fellow students and the CFANS deans.

Identifying & Challenging Implicit Bias in Faculty Search Committees

Tuesday, November 10
2:30 - 4:00 pm
St. Paul Campus - 365 Haecker Hall
Do you, or will you, participate in faculty (or staff) searches? If so, this workshop may prove critical. CFANS Human Resources and CVM Human Resources in collaboration with the CFANS Office for Diversity and Inclusion offer the workshop.  The search process can seem straight forward​, however we all carry unconscious (and conscious) bias that impacts how we view and evaluate others. This workshop provides a grounding in how to recognize bias and provides strategies to ensure that that the impact of bias in the search process is minimized. ​If you participate on search committees (faculty or staff searches), this workshop offers an essential  ​introduction to improving the efficacy, fairness and impact of searches. 

CFANS Luncheon to discuss LGBTQ Climate
Tuesday, November 10
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
105 Cargill Building
Continuing to build an open, accepting and inclusive climate, where everyone is valued and respected, is a college priority.  
The CFANS leadership team invites you to a luncheon on Tuesday, November 10 to discuss the ​Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (​LGBTQ​)​ climate in our college. We ​need your help to identify things we can do to ensure the LGBTQ community is valued, respected and engaged. Please participate in this open dialog with college leadership to share opinions, to raise awareness of issues or concerns, and to offer your ideas for making our college community more inclusive and inviting. Whether you are faculty or staff or a student - your voice is important and your input valued. Pizza and lemonade will be provided! We really hope you will join us in this conversation.
To help the college leadership prepare for our conversation, please include your comments, questions, concerns or suggestions on the LGBTQ climate in CFANS.

Working Across Difference Launch Event: Bringing Intercultural Competency Into the Curriculum
The Working Across Difference Initative in CFANS supports the institutional, student and employer needs of a 21st century land grant college by delivering a core skillset relevant to current and emerging demands. Our goal is to have students actively engage in exploring the impacts of applying differing world views, perspectives and values systems as well as learning to recognize and respect individual differences throughout their four-year undergraduate program in CFANS. This is the first in a series of discussions about diversity and inclusion in our college. We hope to learn of issues and ideas important to you and initiatives we might implement to ensure that everyone in CFANS feels welcome and valued. 
September 1st, 2015

Panel Discussion and Dialogue on Women in Science
Thursday, April 2, 2015
12:30-2 p.m. in 105 Cargill Building
Panelists include Mary Jo Ondrechen, Northeastern University, and Carolyn Finney, UC Berkeley.
Click here to view the recorded presentation

How To Be Your Own Best Mentor 
Friday, March 27, 2015
9:00-Noon in 105 Cargill Building
Facilitated by Carolee Bull, Ph.D., Research Plant Pathologist, USDA/ARS Salinas, CA

“Oh no I didn’t!”  Curbing Our Own Intolerant Comments & Actions
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in 105 Cargill Building - Pizza and beverages to be provided
Facilitated by Laura Dupont-Jarrett, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and Holley Locher, College of Design

Spanning Cultural Difference in Food and Health
Friday, February 13, 2015
3:35 p.m.-5:05 p.m. in 275 Nicholson Hall
Facilitated by Craig Hassel, Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition and Extension Nutritionist 
To view the recorded presentation for this event, click the following link: http://youtu.be/y1PBvMsKyCY

Being an Ally in the Work of Equity and Diversity -- A Graduate Student and Postdoc Workshop
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Noon-1:15 p.m. in 105 Cargill Building - Pizza will be served!
Facilitated by Anne Phibbs, Director of Education in the Office for Equity and Diversity

About this Session: As we learn how to conduct research, teach and serve in an increasingly diverse world, what are constructive ways of navigating complex situations involving diversity and inclusivity?  How does our own background affect our potential responses?  How can we work toward access, inclusion and support for marginalized and underrepresented students, faculty and staff?  We invite you to participate in a workshop specially designed for CFANS and CBS graduate students and postdocs. 

Teaching with Intention:  Facilitating Challenging Classroom Conversations -- An Instructor Workshop
Friday, February 20, 2015
1:00-2:30 p.m. in 105 Cargill Building
Facilitated by Anne Phibbs, Director of Education in the Office for Equity and Diversity
Most instructors are adept at handling conversations dealing with their content areas.  But when conversations become more challenging, particularly around topics some find controversial and even "off topic," how can we facilitate in such a way as to increase learning?  In this workshop, instructors will learn strategies for addressing issues of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and religion, among others that may arise in science-based disciplines, to support classroom community and promote inclusive teaching.

About this session: Most instructors are adept at handling conversations dealing with their content areas.  But when conversations become more challenging, particularly around topics some find controversial and even "off topic," how can we facilitate in such a way as to increase learning?  In this workshop, instructors will learn strategies for addressing issues of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and religion, among others that may arise in science-based disciplines, to support classroom community and promote inclusive teaching.

Enhancing Science through Native American Worldviews
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
12:30-2:00 p.m. in 365 Borlaug Hall
Presentation by Jim Rock, Dakota Tribal Member and Science Educator and Darlene (Iyekiyapiwin) St. Clair, Dakota Tribal Member and Educator
To view the recorded presentation for this event, click the following link: http://z.umn.edu/NAenhancingscience ​

About this session: Join Jim Rock and Darlene St. Clair for a presentation and conversation on Dakota, Native american knowledge traditions and how their efforts continue to inform, challenge and broaden the work of the sciences.

Iyekiyapiwiƞ Darlene St. Clair is an Associate Professor at Saint Cloud State University where she teaches American Indian Studies and directs the Multicultural Resource Center. Her work focuses on several areas: Dakota Studies; Native Nations of Minnesota; the integration of Native cultures, histories and languages into curricula and educational institutions; and the arts and cultural expressions of Native peoples. She is Bdewakaƞtuƞwaƞ Dakota and an enrolled member of the Lower Sioux Indian Community in Minnesota.

Jim Rock (Dakota).  Jim has taught astronomy, chemistry and physics for over three decades to thousands of students in universities and high schools in urban, suburban and reservation communities. Among his many activities, he has recently become the Assistant Director of the Marshall Alworth Planetarium at the University of Minnesota Duluth where he is indigenizing and digitizing the skies and teaching Native Skywatchers and Indigenous Science courses at the Center for Indigenous Knowledge and the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Jim was the principal investigator and designed the first Native American experiment aboard NASA’s last space shuttle STS-135 Atlantis mission in 2011. ​

Leveraging Research for Change: an Engaged Scholar Community-Academic Research Institute
Friday, February 6, from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)

International Student Luncheon
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in 125 Coffey Hall

Sexual Diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Topics & Free Pizza Fall 2014 Event12:00-1:00 p.m. in 125 Coffey Hall

Featured Presenter: Jeremy Yoder

Food Science and Nutrition Departmental Diversity and Inclusion Seminar
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
3:30-4:20 p.m. in FSCN 23
Facilitated by Karl Lorenz, Director of the CFANS Office for Diversity and Inclusion

Health at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Age, and Sexual Orientation
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
12:00-1:00 p.m. in 125 Coffey Hall
Featured Presenter: Gilbert Gonzales

How Do I Respond to Disclosure: A Crisis Intervention Model for Professionals
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
2:00-3:00 p.m. in 125 Coffey Hall
Facilitated by Katie Eichele, Director of the Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education