Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

The Department of Chemistry is committed to excellence through diversity, which is reflected in the department's mission and through the work of its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee.

The DEI Committee mission is "to serve all members of the chemistry department by advocating and creating opportunities for accessibility, inclusivity, equity, and diversity across our teaching, research, and service responsibilities." The committee, chaired by Professor Edgar Arriaga and Professor Sapna Sarupria is made up of 20 chemistry community members, including students, staff, and faculty.

Department Initiatives

Strengthening Climate Series

We encourage our Chemistry community to engage with DEI learning through Climate Events designed to improve the departmental environment for everyone.

Explore more information about the Climate Event Series

Lecture Series

We are proud to host lecture opportunities that highlight chemists from diverse backgrounds and give speakers opportunities to share their stories.

Community Outreach

We are passionate about cultivating community outreach engagement opportunities for K-12th grade students from diverse backgrounds and their science teachers.

Learn more about Chemistry Outreach

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DEI Self-Study

The DEI Committee invites all departmental community members to participate in new self-study program! Earn points by engaging with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion lessons and stories through a variety of multimedia resources. Learn at your own pace and collect points through engaging with content like videos, podcasts, and articles, and collect your rewards!

Participants can choose to participate in department-hosted events like the Jeannette Brown Lecture Series or the Climate Event Series, utilize University resources like the ECHO program or Digital Accessibility training, or find and learn from their own learning tools.

Visit the self-study website to learn more and log your points


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Anti-racism and allyship educational resources

Anti-Racism and Allyship Educational Resources

Local anti-racism and allyship fundraising resources

  • Black Immigrant Collective - The Black Immigrant Collective amplifies and makes visible the voices of Black immigrants in Minnesota. 
  • Black Women Speak - Gathering Black Women in Minnesota to share our experiences in order to heal, find joy and move toward liberation on our own terms! 
  • Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha - CTUL is a worker-led organization where workers organize, educate and empower each other to fight for a voice in their workplaces and in their communities. 
  • Division of Indian Work - Division of Indian Work’s mission is to support and strengthen urban American Indian people through culturally based education, traditional healing approaches, and leadership development. Provides many services to the community but the most relevant one right now is their food shelf. 
  • Isuroon - Isuroon is a grassroots nonprofit organization working to promote the well-being and empowerment of Somali women in Minnesota and beyond.
  • Joyce Preschool - emergency fund for families who had to evacuate their homes near Lake Street, and who came back to a devastated neighborhood with no grocery stores within walking distance. 
  • Little Earth Residents Association - Food and safety needs for residents of Little Earth of United Tribes.
  • Migizi Communications - MIGIZI Communications advances a message of success, well-being and justice for the American Indian community. Support them rebuilding after fire.
  • Minnesota Healing Justice Network - We provide a supportive professional community and mutual aid network for wellness and healing justice practitioners who also identify as IBPOC (indigenous, black, or people of color). 
  • PPNA - Renters Support Fund - operated by the Minneapolis Renters' Coalition, a group of residents, community organizations, and neighborhood organizations committed to supporting renters in our community. 
  • Rebuild & Heal Immigrant Business in MN - Rebuild Heal Collaborative MN is organizing this fundraiser on behalf of Latino Economic Development Center. 
  • TC KIDS Mental Health - Supporting the mental health of BIPOC youth impacted by the murder of George Floyd. 
  • Village Arms - was created in direct response to the over-representation and disparate treatment of African Americans across the child welfare service continuum. We hope to dramatically reduce the disproportionate number of African American children in out-of-home placement and lessen the impact this has had on our community.
  • Women for Political Change - Holistically investing in the leadership and political power of young women and trans & non-binary individuals throughout Minnesota.
  • ZACAH - provides emergency financial assistance to folks who are on the brink of experiencing homelessness or already are. They are currently engaged with organizers at Powderhorn Sanctuary to support those who have been displaced and need help with finding/putting a security deposit down for low income housing, access to crisis shelters, county assistance, job applications, debt relief and direct cash payments.

Holidays and religious observances calendar

Disability resources & accessible restrooms

Disability Resources & Accessible Restrooms

Conflict resolution resources

Conflict resolution resources

Gender neutral facilities

Gender neutral facilities

  • 90 Kolthoff, basement level, single-use restroom with shower, keypad lock for CHEM users only; not public
  • S34 Smith, sub-basement level, one stall + urinal, privacy lock on door for single-person use
  • S28 Smith, sub-basement level, single-use restroom, privacy lock on door for single-person use
  • 40 Smith, basement level, two stalls, privacy lock on door for single-person use
  • Interactive map of gender-neutral restrooms on campus

Student veterans

Student veterans

Resources for visiting campus

Resources for visiting campus

Additional resources

Additional resources

Resources were last updated 5/1/2024. Please email chemcomm@umn.edu if you would like to suggest a correction or addition.

Ready to learn more?

UMN offers a variety of free educational programs and seminar series for DEI learning. Participating in opportunities like these helps build a toolkit for supporting a vibrant, inclusive environment.

Office for Equity & Diversity (OED) Education Program

Offers virtual workshops for University of Minnesota departments, programs, and units, as well as community organizations. The OED Education Program also facilitates the Equity Certificate Hosted Online (ECHO) program.

Digital Accessibility Badging Program

Teaches you how to create presentations, documents, web content, Canvas Courses, and more in an accessible way. In each self-paced online course, you will learn skills that apply to your everyday work.

Mental Health Training

Provides essential skills for supporting the needs of today’s students. The series includes topics like making referrals, effective listening, and promoting student mental health.

Explore event more resources with Accessible U

Interested in being involved in the Chemistry DEI Committee?

Send a note to one of our co-chairs! Their emails are arriaga@umn.edu and sarupria@umn.edu.

CSE D&I Alliance students

Spring 2022 Diversity and Inclusivity Leadership Showcase attendees