Group of studentsIn making diversity a core value, the University of Minnesota recognizes that its campuses flourish only when all students, staff, faculty and external supporters have a community in which to grow and thrive. The University’s access and diversity goals, values, and practices are fully interconnected, and the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) is comprised of offices that work together—and in collaboration with faculty, staff, students and administrators—to educate and serve all members of the University community.

The OED offices and major initiatives include:

The Office for Business & Community Economic Development (BCED) is a social enterprise that leverages University assets and resources to provide solutions to social-economic problems in urban areas. Through programs and services, BCED works with underserved populations to build stronger, more vibrant communities. BCED is a critical component of the University’s public service and outreach mission.

The Community Outreach, Retention and Engagement (CORE) Program is focused on initiatives related to the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students - with a special focus on men of color - and works to develop relationships with community, campus, and national partners who might be able to assist with these efforts. 

The Office for Conflict Resolution provides an integrated conflict management system for University employees who have workplace concerns. The office works to encourage dialogue, identify interests, generate options, build accords, and conduct fair hearings.

The Disability Resource Center promotes access and equity for all students, faculty, staff and guests of the University. It does this through design of innovative learning and working environments, and collaborative education and partnership with the University community.

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) is committed to eliminating individual and systemic barriers that inhibit individuals and groups from attaining equal access to University of Minnesota employment, education, programs, and services. EOAA provides expertise in: policy development and issue identification; education; discrimination consultation and investigation; community connections; and compliance.

The Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life improves the campus climate for all University students, staff, faculty, alumni, and visitors by developing and supporting more inclusive understandings of gender and sexuality. It does this by bridging and building communities that create affirming and welcoming environments in which people can be their whole selves and which honor all identities and experiences.

The Institute for Diversity, Equity and Advocacy (IDEA) is a research initiative that convenes scholars from the University of Minnesota and from around the world to collaborate across disciplines, departments, colleges and campuses. It supports the development of new research, and works to enhance retention and faculty diversity by fostering ties among faculty and between faculty and the local community.

The Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence develops and fosters inclusive learning for undergraduates at the University of Minnesota through educational support programs and community engagement and cultural activities. It promotes a culture of achievement that values equity, diversity, excellence, and social justice.

The NorthStar STEM Alliance strives to double the number of Minnesota’s underrepresented minorities receiving bachelor's degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The STEM Alliance is a partnership of 16 Minnesota colleges and universities and two community organizations (the Science Museum of Minnesota, and the Minnesota High Tech Association), committed to supporting these students.

The Women’s Center advances equity for women students, staff, faculty and alumnae across identities. The Center offers leadership programs, events, workshops and consultations; connects women to information, scholarships, organizations and colleagues; and advocates for organizational change in policies and practices. The first campus-based Women’s Center in the nation, the Center celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010.