Monday, February 1, 2016

Equity, Access & Diversity Issues in Graduate & Professional Education

Achieving Excellence through Diversity:
Equity, Access & Diversity Issues in Graduate & Professional Education

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 | 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Coffman Memorial Union
We know that a diverse student body enriches graduate education by providing a multiplicity of views and perspectives that enhance research, teaching, and the development of new knowledge. A diverse mix of students facilitates opportunities to learn from, and promotes respect for, others who represent the broad range of backgrounds, cultures and experiences prevalent in contemporary society.
But, are we attracting and retaining the diverse mix of graduate and professional students we desire?
  • What can we do at the University of Minnesota to improve the recruitment and retention of a diverse graduate and professional student body?
  • What do we even mean when we say “diversity,” and why is diversity so hard to discuss?
  • How does unconscious bias influence the decisions we make? How can implicit biases be overcome?
  • How do we create a climate on campus that’s conducive to success for all students?
We invite you to take part in a series of challenging conversations as we address these questions and more at the 2016 Graduate and Professional Education Assembly. Leading diversity advocates, scholars and practitioners from other institutions, as well as from the UofM, will help frame our discussion. Learn more & register.