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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

It is important to acknowledge that our institution was founded on systems of injustice that are rooted in discrimination and oppression. Historically, the University has struggled with upholding its commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive space for all students, especially those within underrepresented communities. Additionally, our community continues to reckon with racial and social turmoil that has been perpetuated by the senseless murders of George Floyd, Daunte Write, and Amir Locke, as well as the rise in Asian American and Pacific Islander and LGBTQIA+ hate crimes. We aim to hold the university accountable in cultivating a campus community that embraces and reaffirms the identities of all students through the promotion of allyship, intersectionality, advocacy, and cross-cultural collaboration. In order to advocate for the following, we aim to:

  • Continue the Rename Reclaim campaign which advocates for renaming Coffman Union, Coffey Hall, Nicholson Hall, and Middlebrook Hall by submitting four separate written requests to the All-university Honors Committee and working with them to pass these requests through the Board of Regents

  • Launch a ‘priority of equity’ campaign that provides more instruction on systemic racism and sexual identity as well as the prevention and intervention of racism and racial microaggressions.

  • Collaborate with the university hiring committee to push for increased faculty diversity within the university

  • Expand test-out options for language requirements for students who are fluent in their native tongues

  • Advocate to have all single-person bathrooms on campus be gender-neutral

  • Launch a campaign educating students on how to identify and prevent microaggressions, specifically towards the disability, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, and other marginalized communities

  • Push for amended University attendance policies to guarantee excused absences for the observation of cultural and religious holidays

  • Indigenous Students

    • ​Increase awareness of the role and history of the University of Minnesota in the displacement of Indigenous communities in consultation with Native American communities and the MN Indian Affairs Council

    • Expand eligibility criteria and total funding for programs supporting tribal-registered Native American students