Equity and Diversity Breakfast

Crowd shot of Equity and Diversity BreakfastThe University of Minnesota's eight annual Equity and Diversity Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at the McNamara Alumni Center. The Breakfast brings together the University community and external stakeholders—alumni, donors, community organizations, and corporate entities—to recognize the students, faculty, and staff doing the work, and to reaffirm the University’s commitment to equity and diversity.

We also recognize the outstanding students that receive Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Awards.

The Outstanding Unit Award for Equity and Diversity is also presented at the Breakfast.


Gallery of Excellence

In previous years, OED invited students and units across campuses to showcase diversity efforts—including coursework, programs and services that support equity and diversity efforts—in the annual Gallery of Excellence. Since 2012, the Gallery of Excellence has highlighted faculty research. OED invited deans from all collegiate units on the Twin Cities, and the Offices of the Chancellor on coordinate campuses, to highlight their faculty’s diversity and equity research as part of the Breakfast’s Gallery of Excellence. An enormous amount of excellent scholarly work around equity and diversity issues is conducted at the University of Minnesota.  We know our faculty engage in innovative, groundbreaking and engaged research that results in transformational scholarship that addresses urgent social issues. Simply stated, we believe diversity drives discovery. This year’s Gallery of Excellence provided an opportunity to showcase University of Minnesota faculty’s research strength and creative capacity that enables the UMN to fulfill its public land-grant mission.

In order to register as an exhibitor in the Gallery of Excellence, faculty members must have received the recommendation of their dean or department head. 


The 2014 SEED Awards Video


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The 2014 SEED Student Speaker Video



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The 2014 Breakfast Keynote


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2014 Breakfast Sponsors






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