In pursuit of a fully inclusive community, the College of Design is committed to supporting diverse people and ways of knowing. We seek to understand and meet the needs of all types of people and to create culturally and socially responsive prototypes, projects, and environments. To achieve this we foster inquiry and responsiveness within our own college by welcoming, affirming, and empowering all students, faculty, and staff.

Student experience in McNeal Hall
Student experience in McNeal Hall
Student experience in McNeal Hall

We welcome people who are innovative thinkers, who are creative, and who are willing to challenge the status quo. Through this commitment we seek to increase diversity within our professions and advocate for true social change via our teaching, research, creative scholarship, and engagement. We know 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 in the process of enhancing diversity in the College of Design, and to learn from each other as we do so.

Get Involved

Join a cross-cultural discussion group

International Student and Scholar Services is now offering Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups, a unique opportunity to meet other University students from a variety of colleges, majors, and nationalities in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. See what past participants had to share about their experiences. The Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups are open to all UMN students.

Earn your Equity and Diversity Certificate

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.

Register today!

Take advantage of our multicultural and diversity resources

Visit our Multicultural and Diversity Resources page to find services, student groups, housing information, study abroad opportunities, and more!

Diversity Committee News

Diversity Committee Wins University Award

In 2016, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) awarded the College of Design Diversity Committee the Lillian H. Williams Award. The award is given in honor of the first director of the EOAA office.

Nomination Letter

Award Letter

Diversity Committee Assesses College Climate

The College of Design Diversity Committee completed an assessment of the college's diversity climate and met with each collegiate unit to help them identify action steps in the areas of opportunity identified in the findings. Read the report and see what the college is doing to improve our diversity climate!

Diversity Climate Assessment Report

Unit Diversity Action Steps