Medical School Diversity Statement

The University of Minnesota Medical School is committed to excellence in fulfilling its mission. We uphold that an environment of inclusiveness, equal opportunity, and respect for the similarities and differences in our community fosters excellence, and that institutional diversity fuels the scholarly advancement of knowledge. An atmosphere where differences are valued leads to the training of a culturally competent healthcare workforce qualified to meet the needs of the varied populations we serve.

The Medical School, as part of the University of Minnesota, shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

The Medical School seeks to attain a diverse learning environment through the recruitment, enrollment, hiring, and retention/graduation of students, faculty, and staff who are underrepresented in medicine and may also be underrepresented in Minnesota.

We strive especially to have our learning community better reflect the demographics of the state by increasing the representation of African-Americans/Blacks, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders, Native Alaskans, Hmong, individuals from rural backgrounds, first generation college students, or those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Campus Climate Resources

Bias Response and Referral Network

The Bias Response and Referral Network (BRRN), along with other campus partners, works to respond to bias incidents on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus in ways that support those most impacted, promote education and dialogue, and affirm the University's commitment to equity and diversity, free speech, and academic freedom. 
Members of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus community and visitors to campus can report bias incidents to the BRRN by:

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action was founded in 1972 to ensure that all University community members uphold federal and state civil rights laws and regulations, as well as University equal opportunity practices. The EOAA investigates complaints about discrimination; harassment, including sexual harassment; sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, stalking, and relationship violence; nepotism; and retaliation. The EOAA provides educational programming and is responsible for recommending changes and making revisions to relevant University policies and procedures.

To report discrimination, harassment, retaliation, nepotism, sexual assault, or Title IX violations, click here for reporting resources.

Office for Equity and Diversity

The Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) reflects the University's view of equity and diversity as critical elements and core values in achieving excellence at a leading research institution. The OED supports the many communities and individuals at the University of Minnesota who may encounter barriers. Access the OED's full equity and diversity vision framework here.

Disability Resource Center

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) works to ensure that all University faculty, staff, and students have access and equal opportunities to enjoy campus life. UReturn, a division of the DRC, serves all University employees with any disability or medical condition requiring accommodations or workstation adjustments.

Office for Conflict Resolution

The Office for Conflict Resolution (OCR) provides both formal and informal conflict resolutions services to non-bargaining University faculty, staff, and students who are experiencing employment-related conflicts. The OCR serves all system campuses and is a neutral, independent office.


Affinity Groups Resources

Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy

The Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) works to transform the University of Minnesota by enhancing the visibility and productivity of an interdisciplinary group of faculty and community scholars. Resources include: faculty research grants; sponsorship of symposia and lectures; faculty workshops; mentorship; and professional development opportunities for junior American-Indian faculty and faculty of color.

Faculty of Color Initiative 

The Faculty of Color Initiative (FOCI)is a community-building project supported by the Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA). It is an inter-collegiate effort to recruit and retain faculty of color at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus by providing opportunities to socialize, network, and develop mentoring and collaborative relationships with colleagues across campus.