Walid Sadok has written our Spring 2021 blog post, check it out!
"Diversity is the most important tool of our science. How else can we solve complex world food problems without a diversity of people, perspectives, scientific disciplines and even crops and varieties? How can we design innovative climate-resilient cropping systems for various cultural and socioeconomic contexts without testing a variety of perspectives, ideas and solutions against each other? For us, diversity is the vehicle for the creativity and the freedom of thought needed to address the immense societal challenge of feeding the world sustainably and equitably..."
- UMN Office for Equity and Diversity
- DEI Certificate Training
- Graduate School Diversity Office
- CFANS Office of Diversity and Inclusion
- CBS Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- IAS Land Acknowledgement | Institute for Advanced Study
- Racial and Cultural Diversity
- Gender and Sexuality
- Disability Resources
- Mental Health Resources
- Family Resources
- Get Involved
- Campus-Wide Identity-Based Programs | College of Biological Sciences
- Black Graduate and Professional Students Association
- Graduate Students of Color Alliance
- Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)- UMN chapter
- Black Student Union
- Circle of Indigenous Nations | Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE)
- Asian-American Student Union
- Council of International Graduate Students (CIGS) @ UMN
- MN Queer Science
- oSTEM @ Minnesota | Out in STEM: A professional development group for LGBTQIA+ students
- Student Veterans Association at UMN
- First Gen Proud
- Graduate and Professional Students Parents Group
- Student Mental Health- St Paul Campus
- The Science of Well-Being by Yale University
- Student Parent Help Center
- Student Resources | College of Continuing & Professional Studies- English language resources for multilingual students
- Career resources for student veterans
- Nutritious U Food Pantry: for any UMN student
Meet the committee
Rex Bernardo: My wife and I live in downtown Minneapolis, and my awareness of DEI challenges increased markedly during the events surrounding George Floyd’s killing.
Mary Brakke: Increasing ways for students from marginalized communities to participate in, and succeed in, plant and agricultural sciences through summer programs and internships is a priority for me as an educator. My relationships with students and colleagues who are part of these communities have enriched me personally and professionally. It is my hope that I can give back to these communities through these efforts.
Jenny Kimball: As a first generation college graduate, I became aware of the DEI issues early on in my career. After living in several parts of the country, I have noticed that these types of issues are prevalent across the country. I am particularly interested in inclusivity and ensuring everyone feels they are welcome and valued in our department.
Peter Morrell: For many years, I’ve sought to train student scientists from a diversity of backgrounds. I have also helped establish local best practices for a fair and open hiring process. I’m currently co-chair of the subcommittee for equity and diversity oversight for intercollegiate athletics at the University of Minnesota.
Walid Sadok: Born and raised in Tunis (Tunisia), lived and worked in Montpellier and Paris (France), Gainesville (FL, USA), Louvain (Belgium) and now in the Twin Cities. I hope to help build a climate where people from various backgrounds engage in empathetic, rigorous and stimulating discussions as we work together to address worthy societal challenges.
Claire Menard (PMB): Listening to my peers' experiences, as well as being a student, mentor and teaching assistant over the last several years have all led me to participate in DEI training, start clubs about DEI in STEM, better my own mentoring/teaching practices and actively participate in departmental discussions. Along with being the graduate student representative, I am also in the Inclusive Science Fellows program.