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Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities

Diversity at Minnesota

About Our Commitment to Diversity

Disability is non-discriminate and touches people from all walks of life. Including diverse voices in the discussion of best practices, research, personal experiences, and policy is an important ingredient of the MN LEND’s curriculum. The MN LEND program is committed to exploring, sharing, and embracing diverse Fellow perspectives. The MN LEND program seeks to train Fellows of all racial, ethnic, economic, disability, and sexual orientation, and educational backgrounds. Such diversity enriches the learning experience and helps build excellence in neurodevelopmental disabilities leadership.

2011-12 LEND Fellows Istaahil Maalin and Shivani Pandit 2011-12 LEND Fellows Istaahil Maalin and Shivani Pandit

About the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are located within a diverse, major metropolitan area with something for everyone. Minnesota's famed quality of life is a major draw for students and professionals alike. The cities are home to a nationally recognized arts and theater community, as well as music venues, crafts fairs, cultural celebrations, and world-class restaurants that contribute to the enjoyable and comfortable lifestyle—day or night.

Immigrant communities thrive in the Twin Cities. Somalis, Southeast Asians, and Eastern Europeans have in recent years joined the more established Hispanic and African American communities. Also included In the ethnic and cultural blend are American Indians who are represented in the Twin Cities and in greater Minnesota. People from all over the United States and the world call the Twin Cities home.

The state is home to a thriving and engaged business community which boasts numerous Fortune 500 companies and multinational organizations. Historically, Minnesota is noteworthy for its progressive approaches to health and human services, medical innovation, computer technology, and public policy leadership.

For all these reasons and more, Minnesota is consistently ranked one of the best places to live in the United States.

Ganesh Babulal-2009-2010 U of M LEND Fellow

  • The MN LEND program is committed to diversity. MN LEND actively seeks to engage students and community members from diverse communities and varied backgrounds. Each year’s LEND cohort included members from various cultural and diverse communities.
    • 2009-10: In the 2009-10 academic year 25% of LEND Fellows were family members of individuals with disabilities, and 42% of all LEND Fellows were from racially diverse backgrounds.
    • 2010-11: In the 2010-11 academic year 79% of LEND Fellows were family members of individuals with disabilities, and 21% of all Fellows were from racially diverse backgrounds.
    • 2011-12: In the 2011-12 academic year 50% of LEND Fellows were family members of individuals with a disability or identified as having a disability, 33% of all (student and community) LEND Fellows were from racially diverse backgrounds and 40% of the Community Fellows were from racially diverse backgrounds.
    • 2012-13: In the 2012-13 academic year 38% of LEND Fellows were family members of individuals with a disability or identified as having a disability, 38% of all (student and community) LEND Fellows were from racially diverse backgrounds and 67% of the Community Fellows were from racially diverse backgrounds.
    • 2013-14: In the 2013-14 academic year 44% of LEND Fellows were family members of individuals with a disability or identified as having a disability, 31% of all (student and community) LEND Fellows are from racially diverse backgrounds and 50% of the 2013-14 Community Fellows were from racially diverse backgrounds.
    • 2014-15: In the 2014-15 academic year 24% of LEND Fellows were family members of individuals with a disability or identified as having a disability, 47% of all (student and community) LEND Fellows are from diverse racial backgrounds and 100% of the 2014-15 Community Fellows were from racially diverse backgrounds.
    • 2015-16: In the 2015-16 academic year 24% of LEND Fellows are family members of individuals with a disability or identify as having a disability, 47% of all (student and community) LEND Fellows are from racially diverse backgrounds and 50% of the Community Fellows are from racially diverse backgrounds.
  • Additionally the LEND Community Advisory Committee includes participants who represent the Hispanic, African-American, Asian and disability communities.