Inclusive CFANS Series

Inclusive CFANS...leads to better science

Generating Innovation and Enhanced Practice through Diversity

Inclusive CFANS offers a series of 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. These events will continue in the Spring of 2018! Click here to read about our Past Events

Inclusive CFANS Events

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 seek 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.

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 below for the Spring 2018 Dialogue with the Deans events. For more information, please contact the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at

LGBTQ Advisory Board Events

In collaboration with the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life and the CFANS Office for Diversity, the LGBT Advisory Board partners to host programs/events, advocates, and provides visibility for the needs and experiences of LGBTQIA individuals on campus. The goal is to build a community of support for queer and trans students, faculty, and staff in various academic colleges, while addressing the need for greater inclusion in St. Paul. This committee generally hosts events/dialogues, open hours, and collaborates with Pride @ Work for happy hour events.

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.

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Inclusive CFANS Resources

Collaboration - Strength in Diversity (Nature Article) (.pdf)

Diversity in Science: Why It Is Essential for Excellence (Scientific American Article)

Diversity in STEM: What Is It and Why Does It Matter? (Scientific American Article)

How Diversity Makes Us Smarter (Scientific American Article)

Point of View Affects How Science Is Done - Gender and culture influence research on a fundamental level (Scientific American Article)

Pride in Science (Nature Article) (.pdf)