Diversity Community of Practice (DCoP)

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The Diversity Community of Practice (DCoP)

is a grassroots community of faculty and staff from collegiate and administrative units across the Twin Cities campus that meets monthly. Its purpose is to develop and leverage personal, professional, and technical expertise, thereby effectively creating innovative strategies that ensure successful implementation of equity and diversity goals at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

The goals of the DCoP are to Educate/Collaborate/Support/Assess and:

  • Connect specific college equity and diversity strategies to the UM strategic plan
  • Change the status quo
  • Share resources and collaborate
  • Increase awareness of collegiate diversity goals, events, etc.
  • Support one another as members innovate and take risks
  • Utilize outcomes-based assessment to make decisions and determine success

Get a sense of the broad scope of our work. Review a list of topics from 2016 - 2017 DCoP Meetings: download a pdf

Photo composite of DCoP meetings

DCoP Membership

DCoP members act as liaisons to their units. Some members are formally charged diversity professionals, others have voluntarily stepped into this role and are leaders in these efforts, within their units. Each member serves as a representative of their unit and is tasked with conveying the lessons learned through their participation with the DCoP as well as bringing issues and considerations from their unit to DCoP meetings for brainstorming solutions and follow-up action. 

Due to limited capacity, DCoP membership currently includes faculty and staff on the UM Twin Cities campus, but we welcome interested visitors from system campuses to our meetings.

For more information, contact Virajita Singh, Assistant Vice Provost, Office of Equity and Diversity, at singh023@umn.edu.

Colleges/Units Represented in the DCoP

There are currently over 46 UMN colleges and units represented in the DCoP.

See a current list here: https://z.umn.edu/dcop_units

Unit Profiles

We are proud to present DCoP Appreciative Inquiries, a regular feature highlighting the efforts of a University unit or department to advance the work of equity and diversity.

Featured Units:


photo of 2017 Diversity program participants Minnesota Population Center Summer Diversity Fellowship Program - September 2017

banner image for Humphrey AI  Humphrey School – Placing Diversity and Equity at its Core - March 2017

WADI  banner image The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences plan for Working Across Difference  - January 2017

Carlso School banner image Improving Climate at the Law School: The Communication Changes That Are Helping Make It Happen  - July 2016