In pursuit of a fully inclusive community, the College of Design at the University of Minnesota is committed to supporting diverse people and ways of knowing. We seek to understand and meet the needs of all types of people to create culturally and socially responsive prototypes, projects, and environments. As such, we first look to foster such inquiry and responsiveness within our own College by welcoming, affirming, and empowering all students, faculty, and staff
In addition, we welcome people who are innovative thinkers, people who are creative, and people who are willing to challenge the status quo. Through this commitment to diverse people and ways of knowing, we seek to increase diversity within our professions and advocate for true social change via our teaching, research, and outreach. Especially because of the professions we represent, we understand that change is oftentimes an iterative process that requires brainstorming, experimentation, prototyping, successes, and failures. With this understanding in mind, we pledge to continually engage the process of enhancing diversity in the College of Design, and to learn from each other as we do so.
In 2016, the College of Design Diversity Committee completed an assessment of the College's diversity climate and they met with each collegiate unit to help them identify action steps they can take to address the areas of opportunity identified in the assessment findings. Read the report and see what the College is doing to improve our diversity climate!
Operations Manager, New Business Development
Ideal Commercial Interiors
On February 9, 2017, Tim Harris spoke to College of Design students, faculty, and staff about his enthusiasm for innovation and creativity, balanced by technique and a strong desire to learn. Tim is a graduate of Concordia University, St. Paul where he received his B.A. in Communication Studies. He has worked in developing social media and marketing campaigns for JOIA, a fast-growing all natural beverage company. His primary responsibilities at Ideal Commercial Interiors in Minneapolis include marketing, website design, project management and product procurement. His skills and creativity keep ICI on pace with the evolving technological resources available in the furniture industry. He considers himself a hard working millennial with the soul of a baby boomer.
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Earlier this summer, a call for nominations came from the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) for the Lillian H. Williams Award, the first director of the EOAA office. The College of Design Diversity Committee was awarded this honor!
For a variety of multicultural and diversity resources, both on and off campus, visit our Multicultural and Diversity Resources webpage!
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 students, faculty, staff, and alumni on all campuses of the University of Minnesota.
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