Established by the Office for Equity and Diversity, the University of Minnesota’s Equity and Diversity Transformation Awards seek to infuse equity and diversity into every aspect of the University’s teaching, learning, research, service and outreach by funding creative yet pragmatic proposals for projects that support equity and diversity initiatives.
The focus for the 2017 awards is assessment and communication of equity and diversity efforts. Projects should focus on identifying the impact of the efforts taking place, as well as strategies for communicating that impact to a broad audience.
Congratulations to the following recipients of the 2017 Equity and Diversity Transformation Award:
AHC-Wide Inventory of Support for Underrepresented Students: Enhancing Campus Climate through Building Awareness and Connections
Center for Health Interprofessional Programs (CHIP), Academic Health Center, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Many Academic Health Center (AHC) schools, programs and departments dedicate time and energy to supporting underrepresented students. There is, however, limited awareness of equity and diversity efforts across schools and programs. This project will focus on compiling information about AHC efforts through student services and co-curricular programs to support enrolled underrepresented students. The project will result in an AHC-wide inventory of these programs that will be used to better support student-facing initiatives and identify opportunities for more collaborative efforts to improve the student experience.
Creating Inclusive Student Recruitment in CCE Graduation Programs
College of Continuing Education (CCE) Graduate Programs, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
This multiphase initiative will focus on meaningful assessment of current efforts and services provided to create an equitable and inclusive scholarly community. The data gathered in that assessment process will inform decisions about next steps in CCE’s ongoing diversity and inclusion efforts. The project will result in a communication of findings to the college’s leadership, marketing and enrollment management teams.
Story Mapping the Bruce Vento Project
Extension Center for Family Development, University of Minnesota Extension, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
The goal of this project is to build an interactive and multimedia Story Map to best capture the developmental and emergent nature of the Bruce Vento Project. The Bruce Vento Project is a University-Community partnership between Extension and the Bruce Vento Elementary School. Other schools and communities are interested in replication and there is a need for something dynamic and engaging that families, schools, communities and evaluators can access for information.