University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources

Multicultural and Diversity Awareness

Office for Equity & Diversity
The Office for Equity and Diversity offers educational opportunities for individuals, departments, colleges, and units. Workshops focus on a wide range of equity and diversity issues in higher education. They can also be customized for individual units' needs and concerns.

Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action helps students and employees from all campuses with concerns about possible discrimination, and nepotism and consensual relationships. Consultants can discuss issues, help resolve disputes or investigate complaints, and provide educational training programs.

PORTAL (The Power of Respect to Affect Lives)
The University of Minnesota Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action has created an interactive sexual harassment educational program. The goal of this training is to provide an opportunity for individuals to explore issues related to sexual harassment in private, and consider how respectful interactions can prevent the harm from all forms of discrimination. University of Minnesota employees can register their participation in PeopleSoft at the end of the program.

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)
International Student and Scholar Services offers individualized workshops and experiential activities to help you and your group improve communication across cultural boundaries.

Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence
Through educational support programs, community engagement, cultural activities, the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) works to decrease barriers to higher education access, increase the retention and graduation rates of students of color, increase the sense of multicultural community, promote civic engagement among students, and promote intercultural understanding and the richness of diversity.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Programs Office
Information and referral, educational programming, consultant & training services, and community building activities available to all members of the University community dealing with issues of concern to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender faculty, staff, and students.

Office of Disability Services
Customized technical assistance, consultation and training on programmatic and physical access. Services and resources: Americans with Disabilities Act, disability awareness, reasonable accommodation, policy implementation.

Women's Center
The Women’s Center advances equity for women students, staff, faculty, and alumnae across identities. As a unit of the Office for Equity & Diversity, the Women’s Center increases connections for women’s success, cultivates socially responsible leaders, and advocates for organizational culture change toward excellence for all; offers information and referrals, individual and group advocacy, and educational and leadership development opportunities.

The Aurora Center for Advocacy & Education (formerly the Program Against Sexual Violence)
Provides 24-hour crisis intervention, advocacy, information and referral services to students, faculty and staff dealing with issues relating to sexual and relationship violence. Offers volunteer opportunities, peer education programs, legal advocacy, training workshops, and student internships.