For Community Members

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Scholarships & Awards

  • American Indian Environmental Leadership Scholarship
    The American Indian Environmental Leadership Scholarship recognizes highly motivated American Indian students with a dedication to protecting natural resources, while serving future generations, their community, and the world. Alongside serving as mentors and advocates for the importance of education and community service, it is hoped that recipients of American Indian Environmental Leadership Scholarship will be leaders in the preservation and development of environmentally-friendly and socially-responsible infrastructure.
  • Puckett Scholarship
    The Puckett Scholarship was created to provide scholarships for incoming first-year students from Minnesota. Preference is given to students of color who demonstrate strong academic achievement, leadership and/or community involvement, financial need, and who have excellent potential to succeed at the college level.
  • Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Award
    The Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Awards honor underrepresented undergraduate, graduate, and professional students for their outstanding work in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion while at the University of Minnesota and in the community.
  • Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) Endowed Scholarship
    The SMSC Scholarship was established in 2008 through a generous gift from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. The SMSC scholarship program is designed to recruit and retain talented American Indian students with demonstrated financial need to the University of Minnesota.

Units, Initiatives & Events

  • Circle of Indigenous Nations
    The Circle of Indigenous Nations (COIN) is a student support office that advances and advocates for the needs of American Indian/Native American, Alaska Native, and First Nations students at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
  • College MADE
    College MADE provides individual colleges with data-driven approaches to increase representational diversity, improve campus climate, and create partnerships to grow diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence across our campuses. This is a systemwide capacity building initiative that will expand to system campuses, administrative units, and centers.
  • Disability Resource Center
    The DRC improves access for people with disabilities in three key ways: determining and implementing reasonable academic, workplace, and guest accommodations; providing education on access and inclusion; and partnering with University offices to ensure meaningful physical and technological access.
  • Education Program 
    The Equity and Diversity Education Program offers a comprehensive series of workshops and training programs that are open to students, faculty, staff, and community members. The Equity and Diversity Certificate Program allows participants to develop the tools necessary for advancing equity and diversity in all aspects of their personal and professional lives.
  • Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office
    The Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office (EOT) responds to reports of discrimination, sexual misconduct, nepotism, and related retaliation through informal problem-solving or formal investigation. EOT staff members are available to meet with individuals to discuss our processes and receive reports. 
  • Equity & Diversity Breakfast 
    The annual Equity & Diversity Breakfast brings together the University community and external stakeholders—alumni, donors, community organizations, and corporate entities—to recognize the students, staff, and faculty that exemplify the University's commitment to equity and diversity. At the Office for Equity and Diversity Breakfast, we recognized the outstanding students that receive Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Awards, as well as the winners of the Outstanding Unit Award for Equity and Diversitythe Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award, and the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Award.
  • Employment: Work in the Office for Equity & Diversity 
    See all open positions in the Office for Equity & Diversity
  • Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life
    The GSC provides education, advocacy, outreach, and support to students, faculty, staff, and alums. The GSC strives to create a campus climate where more inclusive understandings of gender and sexuality foster a sense of belonging for all.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert 
    Founded in the early 1980s, Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Concert has become a tradition of celebrating the life and accomplishments of Rev. Dr. King through the performing arts. This free concert takes place each year in January and feature a wide variety of performers and artists each year.
  • Office for Supplier Diversity
    The Office for Supplier Diversity fosters socio-economic empowerment in our communities through programs that create opportunities for business owners from underrepresented groups.
  • Step Up Program
    Step Up is a Twin Cities-based partnership of the City of Minneapolis, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, and the Project for Pride in Living that provides summer internship opportunities for youth ages 14-21 from Minneapolis who have not yet enrolled in a post-secondary opportunity.
  • U of M Juneteenth Celebration
    Each year, the University of Minnesota hosts a Juneteenth Celebration block party and commemorative march in North Minneapolis. Previous events have featured Black vendors, speakers, workshops, fashion show, storytellers, drumline, musicians, performers, DJs, live screen printing, roller skating, free food, free haircuts, art-making, and more.
  • Women’s Center
    The Women’s Center advances equity for women students, staff, faculty, and alums by offering leadership programs, workshops, and consultations; connecting women to scholarships, organizations, and colleagues; and advocating for organizational change in policies and practices.