Diversity Commitment

University of Minnesota Mission Statement

(Mission Statement, University of Minnesota Board of Regents Policy, adopted: 1/14/94)

Philosophy: The University of Minnesota is founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.

Purpose: In all of its activities, the University strives to sustain an open exchange of ideas in an environment that embodies the values of academic freedom, responsibility, integrity, and cooperation; that provides an atmosphere of mutual respect, free from racism, sexism, and other forms of prejudice and intolerance; that assists individuals, institutions, and communities in responding to a continuously changing world; that is conscious of and responsive to the needs of the many communities it is committed to serving; that creates and supports partnerships within the University, with other educational systems and institutions, and with communities to achieve common goals; and that inspires, sets high expectations for, and empowers the individuals within its community.


We all share responsibility for equity and diversity and are fully committed to engage faculty, students and staff from all backgrounds, including individuals from historically underrepresented groups in Aerospace Engineering.We are committed to a welcoming culture that actively promotes the academic professional and personal well being of all.  We support many diversity programs in the College of Science and Engineering and the University.  We proudly celebrate our students who actively engage in these activities as well.    To learn more about diversity at the U:  http://diversity.umn.edu.


University Resources To Get Involved

Learn More on Diversity on Campus.  Explore the  U of M's multicultural campus.

Office for Equity and Diversity   The Office for Equity and  Diversity  provides system-wide equity and diversity initiatives and programs.  See also Equity and Diversity Certificate Program offered for current students, faculty and staff. 

CSE Diversity Programs.  The College of Science and Engineering has a wide variety of student clubs and organizations, including several focused on  promoting  diversity with the STEM fields.   Learn more about CSE Student Groups.

Disability Resource Center  The University of Minnesota values diverse identities and experiences, and honors disability as an important aspect of human diversity. The  Disability Resource Center  works in partnership with students, faculty, staff, and guests of the University to eliminate or minimize barriers and facilitate inclusion on campus.


Bias Response and Referral Network  The Bias Response and Referral Network responds to bias incidents on the 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.

Office for Diversity in Graduate Education   The Graduate School Diversity office coordinates and leads the Universities initiatives in the recruitment, funding, retention and graduation of a diverse graduate and professional student body.  Services include recruitment and consultation in the application process, academic support and mentoring and outreach to graduate programs for diverse student experiences.  

Community of Scholars Program  The Community of Scholars Program partners with the Graduate School Diversity Office to create an environment that supports the academic and professional success of graduate students.   It provides support to  develop supportive relationships with advisors and mentors; build a sense of community through academic seminars and professional development workshops; and connect students to the Twin Cities and broader U of MN system through teaching, research and community engagement opportunities. 

Graduate School Student Organizations  The Graduate School invites students to network and build a supportive community by becoming an active member to a graduate student organization.

Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Alliance for Diversity and Inclusion  The Alliance is a new graduate student and postdoc-led initiative intended to provide opportunities for all graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to work collectively on issues that support diversity and inclusion through education, advocacy, networking, discussion, cross-pollination, recognition and celebration. The Alliance is an effort to respond to graduate students' and postdocs' interest in reaching across disciplinary and cultural barriers to connect with others to affect institutional change.