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 Campus GLBTA Advisory Group

The St. Paul GLBTA Advisory Group is a partnership between the CFANS Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally (GLBTA) Programs Office to raise awareness and build institutional capacity to address key issues in the GLBTA 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 Wendy Plager at wweimerp@umn.edu or 612-624-7953 to join the mailing list.