Programs & Initiatives

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The Institute for Diversity, Equity and Advocacy (IDEA)

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. 

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Campus Climate

These initiatives support a welcoming campus climate in which all people are treated with respect.

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Diversity Community of Practice (DCoP)

The DCoP is a grassroots community of faculty and staff across who leverage personal and professional expertise to ensure the successful implementation of equity and diversity goals at the University of Minnesota.

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North Star STEM Alliance

The North Star 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 underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.


The College-MADE (Multicultural Access, Diversity, and Equity) Initiative provides individual colleges with data-driven approaches to increasing representational diversity, improving campus climate, and creating partnerships to effect positive change.