Medical School Diversity Statement

The University of Minnesota Medical School is committed to excellence. Our mission will be achieved only through embracing and nurturing an environment of diversity, inclusiveness, equal opportunity and respect for the similarities and differences in our community.

We strive to create an atmosphere where differences are valued and celebrated, knowing that institutional diversity fuels the advancement of knowledge, promotes improved patient care and fosters excellence. We will train a culturally aware workforce qualified to meet the needs of the diverse populations we serve. We especially strive to have our community better reflect the broad range of identities in our state, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, national origin, religious practice and socioeconomic status.

Given the dynamic nature of our community, the Medical School Diversity Statement and policy should be reviewed biennially to ensure that it is current and reflective of our priorities.

Announcements and New Programs

Women of Color and Intersectionality Initiative

The AAMC announced a new initiative to address visibility, awareness, and advocacy of intersectionality and women of color in academic medicine — The Women of Color and Intersectionality Working Group. This new multi-affinity group will revisit and update information and products of the Women of Color Initiative from 2015, develop and facilitate a new webinar series around these crucial topics, and consult on AAMC research endeavors. The working group will also update the Women Faculty of Color Toolkits. The interactive Women of Color Data Site uses various AAMC data sources to provide a complete picture of women of color as students, faculty and the physician workforce across the country. Use the data from the drop-down lists to understand the status of women of color in academic medicine today.

Faculty Fighting Racism

Faculty Fighting Racism was created by the Graduate School Diversity Consultation Team as a first step in the process of understanding what it means to be anti-racist.  They have curated a list of books, articles, videos, and podcasts to get faculty started on this long, personal, and continuous journey towards understanding this concept and our role as educators. This list will be updated regularly with new content. The goal is for faculty who want to learn more about racism, how it is and has been perpetuated in higher education, and ways to move towards anti-racist policies and practices will engage in this initial step. This is the step of doing your own work by reading, watching, and listening to the voices, knowledge, and experiences of the oppressed so that we may engage in educated conversations in the steps that follow.

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Campus Climate

The University contracts with a vendor that maintains a 24 hour reporting hotline that anyone can call to report known or suspected non-compliance involving the University. This service also maintains a website where employees can report their concerns. Reports may be made anonymously. The University refers to this anonymous reporting system as the UReport.

Any University community member can report a situation or conduct they believe violates a law, regulation or University policy. Examples of issues to report include, but are not limited to, theft; wage, benefit, or hours abuses; discrimination or sexual harassment; misuse of University property or equipment; violation of safety rules; OSHA or environmental abuse concerns; conflicts of interest; NCAA violations; and intentional misuse of the University’s network or computers.

Bias Response and Referral Network
The Bias Response and Referral Network (BRRN), along with other campus partners, works to respond to bias incidents on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus in ways that support those most impacted, promote education and dialogue, and affirm the University's commitment to equity and diversity, free speech, and academic freedom. 

Members of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus community and visitors to campus can report bias incidents to the BRRN by:

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action was founded in 1972 to ensure that all University community members uphold federal and state civil rights laws and regulations, as well as University equal opportunity practices. The EOAA investigates complaints about discrimination; harassment, including sexual harassment; sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, stalking, and relationship violence; nepotism; and retaliation. The EOAA provides educational programming and is responsible for recommending changes and making revisions to relevant University policies and procedures.

To report discrimination, harassment, retaliation, nepotism, sexual assault, or Title IX violations, click here for reporting resources.

Office for Equity and Diversity
The Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) reflects the University's view of equity and diversity as critical elements and core values in achieving excellence at a leading research institution. The OED supports the many communities and individuals at the University of Minnesota who may encounter barriers. Access the OED's full equity and diversity vision framework here.

Disability Resource Center
The Disability Resource Center (DRC) works to ensure that all University faculty, staff, and students have access and equal opportunities to enjoy campus life. UReturn, a division of the DRC, serves all University employees with any disability or medical condition requiring accommodations or workstation adjustments.

Office for Conflict Resolution
The Office for Conflict Resolution (OCR) provides both formal and informal conflict resolutions services to non-bargaining University faculty, staff, and students who are experiencing employment-related conflicts. The OCR serves all system campuses and is a neutral, independent office.

Affinity Groups

Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy
The Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) works to transform the University of Minnesota by enhancing the visibility and productivity of an interdisciplinary group of faculty and community scholars. Resources include: faculty research grants; sponsorship of symposia and lectures; faculty workshops; mentorship; and professional development opportunities for junior American-Indian faculty and faculty of color.

Faculty of Color Initiative
The Faculty of Color Initiative (FOCI) is a community-building project supported by the Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA). It is an inter-collegiate effort to recruit and retain faculty of color at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus by providing opportunities to socialize, network, and develop mentoring and collaborative relationships with colleagues across campus.

MSTP Women in Science & Medicine Group
The MSTP Women in Science and Medicine Group, in collaboration with the Office of Faculty Affairs, co-sponsors research seminar presentations by invited external women physician-scientists. Opportunities are provided for MSTP students to meet with these invited speakers. The Group also hosts social gatherings for women MSTP students and the University of Minnesota faculty to engage in discussions focused on career development, mentoring, and leadership. These meetings foster relationships between students and female role models in the scientific and medical communities.

CME E-Learning Program on Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals

Think Cultural Health is offering a free, continuing education e-learning programs, each designed to help you provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS).

Helpful Resources from the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Medical School Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has additional resources for faculty on their website.