Community Partnerships

The Office for Equity and Diversity is committed to developing connections and deepening partnerships with various groups in the community. Below is an evolving list of our community partners. They're groups with whom we work, friends to our offices, or community organizations that support our equity and diversity efforts. View the community partners within each OED office:

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Recent Happenings in OED

  • Check out the Silent Shout (by a Deaf Finnish rapper) that took place through the Disability Services office

MLK Jr. Concert history

MLK Jr. Concert history


Year Count





1st Annual

Jan 22 1982


Reginald Buckner Quartet, Twin Cities Mass Choir, UMN Brass


2nd Annual

MLK Jr. Tribute

Avant Garde Logo

The 37th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute will take place on Thursday, January 18, 2018, 7:00-8:30 PM at Ted Mann Concert Hall.  Doors will open at 6:30 PM. 

Equity and Diversity Breakfast

Crowd shot of Equity and Diversity BreakfastThe University of Minnesota's tenth annual Equity and Diversity Breakfast will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2017, 7:45-9:45 AM, at the McNamara Alumni Center.

About OED

In 1996, the University of Minnesota began a process of realigning resources that resulted in the existing Office for Equity and Diversity (OED). This intentional process of building a strong, interwoven structure reflects the university’s view of equity and diversity as critical elements and core values in achieving excellence at a leading research institution.


Leverage the transformative power of equity and diversity to advance excellence in teaching, research and community engagement at the University of Minnesota.

Community Connections

The Office for Equity and Diversity focuses on establishing and growing connections with numerous community groups. OED also works to welcome individuals from diverse backgrounds to the university and the Twin Cities, with an emphasis on helping them find community in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area.


When you donate to the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED), you support students, faculty, staff and programs that create inclusive and equitable campuses. Your financial contribution allows OED to expand and deepen its work throughout the state and across the five University campuses. Thank you for your generosity—your support makes a difference!

Graduations & Celebrations

Students and staff member at multicultural graduation ceremonyVarious units in the Office for Equity and Diversity sponsor celebration events and graduation ceremonies. Learn more about these events honoring the accomplishments of individuals and specific communities within the statewide University of Minnesota system:

News and Media

Check out the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) in the media and access the blog for more updates, highlights and feature stories:

  • Tina Marisam (EOAA) is quoted in an MPR story about the number of sexual assaults reported on MN campuses in 2015. (December 2016)


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