Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2023

The University of Minnesota is hosting an accessibility event to engage in conversation, thinking, and learning about access and inclusion. The event is put together by a volunteer group of dedicated University employees.

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How Local Health Giants Are Championing Inclusivity

University of Minnesota Medical School

By: Jamie Korf | May 17, 2023

These Twin Cities healthcare communities have creatively found ways to confront institutional racism that go beyond the status quo—because words only have power when you assign them action.



“We get people from across the nation to come with us to build out wonderful careers—we help create individualized development plans and match those scholars with mentors as they explore science challenges...helping them get established as diverse faculty members.” 

— Dr. Ana Núñez

The University of Minnesota Medical School, Department of Medicine, is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion as an essential strategy to support all members of our academic community: faculty, trainees, staff, and the patients and communities we serve.  We strive for a culture of inclusive excellence in which our commitment to the core values of equity and diversity are reflected in all of our clinical care, research, education, and service activities.

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Created in 2021, the Department of Medicine’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Office (DEIAO) supports and implements the Department’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility goals and plans.


DEI related resources for current staff, faculty, learners, and alumni supported by the University of Minnesota.

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DEI Spotlight

Dr. Abbie Begnaud is an Associate Professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy and Sleep Medicine. She arrived at the University of Minnesota in 2013 passionate about lung cancer but unaware of the health inequities in this disease. She was fortunate enough to be invited to join the Minnesota Precision Medicine Collaborative in 2016 as lead of the lung cancer demonstration project.

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