What is Greater Than 7?
In September 2014, the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) launched the inaugural Greater Than 7 week, which encouraged courageous conversations and highlighted the equity and diversity work that’s happening across campus. In 2014 and 2015, this weeklong event featured around 45 events sponsored by departments, units and student groups.
Why is it called Greater Than 7?
Greater Than 7 always takes place over a week in September/October. We know that a week is only 7 days, and that 7 days represent only the beginning of a multitude of conversations about equity and diversity and how they impact your life. Greater Than 7 is a call to action to all members of our University community: start here, but make your efforts greater than these 7 days. (After all, equity and diversity is everybody’s everyday work.)
That sounds awesome! How do I get involved?
We invite University departments, units and student groups to submit their events for inclusion in the week. You can do this online at z.umn.edu/greaterthan7. Potential ideas include (but are not limited to): a workshop, a guest speaker, a student-specific event, or maybe just an open house for a particular unit, group or department, highlighting its work regarding equity and diversity. (Please note: the event could be something already planned OR a new idea.) Your event will be listed on the Greater Than 7 calendar, and you can take advantage of other partner tools to help market your event.
OK, I’m in! What else do I need to know?
Hopefully, you will also join us for the Greater Than 7 Kickoff, which takes place on Monday, September 26, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. on Northrop Plaza. The Kickoff will feature a performance by social justice activist Olmeca. (Free pizza while supplies last.) You can also view the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1817899005109325/.