Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity Statement

We all share responsibility for equity and diversityit’s everybody’s everyday work. We value having a diversity of views and experiences that enrich campus life and the academic experience. Equity and diversity is fundamental to everything we do at the University of Minnesota.


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Black History Month Events at the University of Minnesota

A sampling of events taking place systemwide throughout Black History Month. Some events are more specifically related to Black History Month, and others are events that center Black creators and student groups and organizations. 

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Patient Navigators Can Help People of Color Find a Path to Better Care.

Patients at Mayo Clinic say that “patient navigators”—that is, individualized clinical guides—have helped them enroll in clinical trials, find payment assistance, and get on a path toward healing. Research shows the practice is also one of the only ways to reduce racial disparities in cancer care.

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New Course - PUBH 6100 Advancing Health Equity, Addressing Cancer Disparities 

While public health is driving tremendous progress against cancer, the grim reality is that these advances have not benefitted everyone equally. This course will cover individual, interpersonal, community, and societal level factors that interact to cause an unequal burden of cancer in the U.S. and the role of community engagement in addressing cancer disparities and achieving health equity.

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Mothers Leading Science Program

Mothers Leading Science (MLS) is a year-long career development program for research-intensive female faculty in the health sciences who are raising school-age and/or young children.


Family Medicine and Community Health's Interactive JEDI Tree

Explore their interactive JEDI tree by hovering over and clicking on the pulsing icons. Each will lead you to a unique aspect of their work and various resources in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

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M-ASCEND: Advancing Science, Enhancing Diversity Program

University of Minnesota M-ASCEND: Advancing Science, Enhancing Diversity is a theoretically guided, evidence-driven program designed to support the academic persistence of high school and undergraduate students underrepresented in science, and promote their developmental progress towards future careers in cancer research. M-ASCEND is a collaboration between the Program in Health Disparities Research and the Masonic Cancer Center.

Addressing Racial Inequities in Health Outcomes During COVID and Beyond

Addressing Racial Inequities in Health Outcomes During COVID and Beyond

Structural inequalities between Black and White Americans have always had devastating impacts, and these disparate health outcomes have become even more apparent in the COVID-19 era. In this webinar, panelists discuss the impact of structural racism on overall health outcomes of Black Americans, the framing of police brutality against Black Americans as a public health crisis, how the record of systemic racial injustice in the U.S. relates to the country's human rights law obligations, racial and economic disparities that exist outside of the U.S., and strategies for addressing gaps on a national and international level to guarantee the right to health in a post-COVID world.