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"Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place." -- Eckhart Tolle

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Spring 2018 Offerings:

Implicit Bias in the Faculty/Staff Search Process

Identifying And Challenging Implicit Bias in Faculty Search Committees - Open to any staff or faculty serving on faculty search committees. 

Departments across the University of Minnesota system hire new faculty each year.  The university is committed to increasing diversity among its faculty, and this includes hiring faculty of color and female faculty in disciplines where they are underrepresented.  The presence of implicit bias in faculty search committees can inhibit this goal.  This workshop will expose participants to the breadth of implicit bias research and will help them recognize shorts cuts that are the result of unconscious or unexamined bias. Participants will learn best practices and resources for addressing implicit bias in the context of faculty search committees. 

Identifying and Challenging Implicit Bias in Staff Searches - Scheduled for Monday March 26, 10:00-11:30 in Griggs - Click to Register

Departments across the University of Minnesota regularly hire new staff. The university is committed to increasing diversity among its staff, and this includes hiring staff of color, people who identify as women, people with disabilities, and veterans in disciplines where they are underrepresented. The presence of implicit bias in staff searches can inhibit this goal. This workshop will expose participants to the breadth of implicit bias research and will help them recognize shorts cuts that are the result of unconscious or unexamined bias. Participants will learn best practices and resources for addressing implicit bias in the context of staff search committees and hires made by individual supervisors. Faculty and staff participants of departmental search processes are invited to participate in this workshop.

Watch for scheduled offerings throughout the semester

Intercultural Leadership Development

Cohort 14, Spring 2018:

Wed. January 24 (5:00-8:30 pm), Thursday and Friday, January 25-26 (8:00-4:00) AND

Thursday and Friday, March 1-2 (8:00-4:00)

The Intercultural Leadership Development (ILD) initiative was launched in the spring of 2012 with over 50 UMD leaders attending a session with Dr. Mitch Hammer, co-creator of the Intercultural Development Continuum. Since that time 13 cohorts, each with 18 UMD staff, faculty and administrators have participated in a 4.5 day Intercultural Leadership Development program. For more information and sign up for future cohorts, go to

Intercultural Pedagogy Community of Practice (ICPCP)

January 9, 2018; 10:00-2:00 in EduE 54 - Foundational work-syllabus creation and development of a “plan” followed by Bi-Monthly meetings. 

Wednesdays 10:00-12:00 in EduE 54
January 17
February 14
February 28
March 14
March 28
April 11
Final celebration - TBD

Facilitated by: Paula J Pedersen and Helen Mongan-Rallis

We will focus on inclusive pedagogy and curriculum integration of diverse/intercultural content. ALL disciplines APPLY!! We will kick off with lunch and a half day - followed by bi-monthly community of practice sessions. Participants are asked to be available for most sessions. Each participant will be asked to have a current course they are working with throughout the semester. For more information and sign up, go to

OED's Equity and Diversity Certificate Program

The Equity and Diversity Certificate helps participants develop tools necessary for advancing equity and diversity in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. It’s free of charge and open to all faculty and staff on all campuses of the University of Minnesota. UMD has spent the last three years building internal capacity to offer this certificate. The workshops list below will be offered at UMD in Spring 2018.  

Friday, Jan 19, 9:00-12:00, Griggs, UMD
Engaging Inclusive Design Concepts to Increase Access 

Monday, Feb 12, 1:00-4:00, Griggs, UMD
Being an Ally in the Work of Equity & Diversity 

Tuesday, March 6, 9:00-12:00, Griggs, UMD
Facilitating Challenging Conversations 

Monday, April 9, 9:00-12:00, Griggs, UMD
Communicating on Issues of Equity & Diversity 

 * To register for OED workshops on the Twin Cities Campus, go to or