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Office of Equity and Diversity OED's mission is to leverage the transformative power of equity and diversity to advance excellence in teaching, research and community engagement at the University of Minnesota.

Disability Resource Center The University of Minnesota values diverse identities and experiences, and honors disability as an important aspect of human diversity. The Disability Resource Center (DRC) works in partnership with students, faculty, staff, and guests of the University to eliminate or minimize barriers and facilitate inclusion on campus.

Community of Scholars Program Based in the Graduate School Diversity Office, the Community of Scholars Program (COSP) works towards creating an institutional environment that supports the academic and professional success of American Indians and graduate students of color who are under-represented in academia.

Equity and Diversity Certificate Program The Equity and Diversity Certificate helps participants develop tools necessary for advancing equity and diversity in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. It’s free of charge and open to students, faculty, and staff on all campuses of the University of Minnesota.

Diversity Resources Guide - UMN & Metro Area In an effort to address the challenges of transitioning to the UMN campus, so people can sooner feel a part of the University and the larger community, the Office for Equity and Diversity developed this guide to assist people with resources to find their unique communities. 

MNLEND Commitment to Diversity

Disability is non-discriminate and occurs among people from all walks of life. MNLEND values the diverse identities and experiences found among the wider disability community. 

Including underrepresented voices in the active discussion of promising practices, research, personal experiences, and policy is an essential part of MNLEND's training mission.

MNLEND actively recruits, trains, and supports Fellows who often come from under-represented racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, religious, gendered, educational and disability backgrounds. 

Participants from all walks of life in MNLEND helps not only to build empathy for each other across differences, but also serves to develop excellence in inclusive and collaborative neurodevelopmental disabilities leadership.

Elle Chenoweth (2017-18 Fellow), Cindy Hillyer (Community Mentor), Mariana Walther (2017-18 Fellow), Suad Salad (2018-19 Fellow), and Nancy Gonzalez (2017-18 Fellow) collaborated across disciplines to improve outreach and access to Minneapolis Public Schools early intervention services for children with developmental disabilities from underrepresented and lingusitically-diverse families.

MNLEND Diversity in Numbers

2009-10: 8% of all Fellows were family members of individuals with disabilities or identified as having a disability. 42% of all community-based Fellows came from underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds. 

2010-11: 21% of all Fellows were family members of individuals with disabilities or identified as having a disability. 22% of all Fellows came from underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds. 

2011-12: 61% of all Fellows were family members of individuals with a disability or identified as having a disability. 23% of all Fellows and 40% of the community-based Fellows came from underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds. 

2012-13: 31% of all Fellows and 67% of the community-based Fellows came from underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds. 

2013-14: 31% of all Fellows and 50% of the community-based Fellows came from underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds. 

2014-15: 24% of all Fellows were family members of individuals with a disability or identified as having a disability. 47% of all Fellows and 100% of the community-based Fellows came from underrepresented racial/ethnic backgrounds. 

2015-16: 40% of all MNLEND Fellows were  from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds, 55% of all Fellows were family members of individuals with a disability or identified as having a disability, and 33% of the community-based Fellows identified as being from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds. 

2016-17: 30% of all MNLEND Fellows were from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds, 48% of all Fellows were family members of individuals with a disability or identified as having a disability, and 55% of the community-based Fellows identified as being from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds. 17% of the academic Fellows were from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds in 2016-17. 

2017-18: 33% of all MNLEND Fellows were from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds, 51% of all Fellows were family members of individuals with a disability or identified as having a disability, and 38% of the community-based Fellows identified as being from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds. 29% of the academic Fellows were from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds in 2017-18.  

2018-19: 45% of all MNLEND Fellows were from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds, 38% of all Fellows were family members of individuals with a disability or identified as having a disability, and 46% of the community-based Fellows identified as being from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds. 48% of the academic Fellows were from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds in 2018-19.