What We Mean By Diversity

What We Mean By Diversity

In the Office for Equity and Diversity, we are often asked what we mean when we say “diversity.” Understanding that there are many definitions and understandings of the word, we often take a few minutes to explain the understanding that informs our work:

It is our responsibility as an institution—as part of our commitment to creating a welcoming and affirming climate—to serve and support the following individuals and groups at the University of Minnesota:

  • American Indians and other indigenous populations
  • People of color, including underrepresented groups and new immigrant populations
  • People with both apparent and non-apparent disabilities
  • People who identify as women
  • People of various gender and sexual identities and expressions
  • First-generation students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

We also address issues of access and climate for individuals who might encounter barriers based on their religious expression, age, national origin, ethnicity, or veteran status. Furthermore, we recognize the importance of working with people who claim more than one of the above identities.

Learn more in the University of Minnesota Equity and Diversity Vision Framework (PDF) »

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