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


DCoP Committees

Assessment Committee Members:
Amelie Hyams, Alissa Jones, Naim Madyun, Victor Massagli, Teddie Potter - Chair,  Virajita Singh 

Communications Committee Members:
Nora Hayes, Darren Hoff, Amelie Hyams - Chair, L’Aurelle Johnson, Kari Nolan, Virajita Singh

Programming Committee Members:
Nubia Esparza, Amelie Hyams,  Naty Lopez, Joel Mixon, Renee Pardello,  Suzi Pyawasay - co chair, Virajita Singh - co chair

Policy Review Committee:
Etty DeVeaux, Molly Gage, Linh Gilles, Nikki Letawsky Shultz,  Ahmad Qais Munhazim,  Dimple Patel, Susan Rafferty, Mia Riza, Katie Stuckert - Chair,  Amelious Whyte Jr.,


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


banner image of Diversity Data Deep Dive

The inaugural Diversity Data Deep Dive Conference was held on November 17, 2017 in Walter Library on the Minneapolis Campus. The session was free and drew participants from accross the the Twin Cities Campus.

Following opening remarks by Vice President of OED, Michael Goh, we heard from several experts in data collection and usage at the UMN.
Our keynote speaker, Claudia Neuhauser,  Associate Vice President, with the Office for the Vice President of Research discussed how to use Academic Institution data responsibly. Pechu Kucha presentations then gave participants a rapid and well-rounded view of how different units have used data to shape decisions affecting diversity and inclusivity.

We were able to record all of these morning sessions which are available to you via the links provided in the text below. The afternoon session was broken into workshops located in different spaces and we were not able to film those sessions.

Welcome remarks and Keynote, Claudia Neuhauser:  http://z.umn.edu/384q 

Session 1A:  Diversity Data Stories: Why does Diversity Data matter?  http://z.umn.edu/384r

HEEDing the Call of Data - Teddie Potter, School of Nursing
A Campus Divided, Uncovered - Kate Dietrick, University LIbraries
Trans and Gender Nonconforming Communities: On in/visibility, transparency, and collecting data on us - Melinda Lee, Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Translife

Session 1B: http://z.umn.edu/384s

Internationalizing Campus Climate: An Exploration of International Student Data, Barbara Kappler and Xi Yu, International Student and Scholar Services
One of Many Possible Stories About Disability at the U - Cynthia Fuller, Disability Resource Center
Influencing Change with Data - an Inclusion Based Approach - Kendric Moore, Office of Information Technology

Session 1C: http://z.umn.edu/384t

Studies on Engagement of Underrepresented Minority STEM Students - Anne Hornickel, North Star Stem Alliance
GradSERU: What we've learned and how we take action - Kristin Van Dorn, College of Education and Human Development
Campus Climate - What’s the temperature? - Ann Freeman  & Kendra Okposo, Office for Equity and Diversity, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

 Session 2: Snapshots and insights into U of M’s diversity data, where it is located and how might it be accessed:  http://z.umn.edu/384u

Institutional data - John Kellogg, Office of Institutional Research
Diversity Data Deep Dive: SERU Survey - Krista Soria, Office of Institutional Research
GradSERU data for diversity and campus climate efforts - Daniel Jones White, Office of Institutional Research
The University of Minnesota Employee Engagement Survey - Brandon Sullivan, Office of Human Resources