Twin Cities Staff Diversity Listening Session

Promoting equity and diversity on campus is an important priority for President Kaler. On June 21, the president and Senior Vice President Robert Jones hosted a listening session with Twin Cities staff members. This session gave them a chance to hear staff views on issues of equity and diversity, share ideas, and discuss the opportunities and barriers we face. The president and SVP Jones hoped to obtain ideas about action steps we can take to change the campus climate and improve services and support for diverse staff and the entire university community. Access the listening session (via UMConnect) here.


Kim Hewitt, director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (a unit of the Office for Equity and Diversity), moderated the session. Other university leaders partnering to plan this event included: Irene Duranczyk and Richard Graff, co-chairs of the Equity, Access, and Diversity Senate Committee; Dale Branton and Mary Kennedy, chair and chair-elect of the Disabilities Issues Senate Committee; Steven Pearthree and Ann Hagen, chair and chair-elect of the Senate P&A Committee; Don Cavalier and Amy Olson, chair and chair-elect of the Civil Service Consultative Committee; Kris Lockhart, associate vice president for equity and diversity; Louis Mendoza, associate vice provost for equity and diversity and chair of the Department of Chicano Studies; and Rickey Hall, assistant vice president for equity and diversity.