Diversity and inclusion

We affirm the contributions of all people in our community. Diversity and equity are at the core of our mission in the College of Education and Human Development.

We explicitly reject bias, discrimination, and exclusion on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

We all are responsible for recognizing, confronting, and addressing bias and discrimination and diligently working for positive change in support of equity and diversity.

- Statement created and approved by CEHD Directors of Graduate Studies, Spring 2017; adopted by CEHD, Summer 2017.

We have work to do

We live in a time of great possibility, but that possibility cannot be realized until we all share the responsibility of creating an equitable and respectful climate. More than just an exercise in enrichment, we believe diversity is necessary to doing our best work and fostering our humanity. That's why the CEHD community is collectively dedicated to cultivating an inclusive and equitable environment. We aim to weave these core values into the work of each department and all of our administrative policies and practices. 

CEHD is a distinctly urban campus - a rarity for a large research institution. We are deeply engaged with our surrounding community, and our students are encouraged and empowered to address inequities, inspire change, learn and grow personally, and prepare professionally to encounter and engage in systemic transformation.

Michael Rodriguez

What we’re learning about gaps

Michael Rodriguez, interim dean of CEHD and a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, diversity, and international initiatives, partners with schools to improve outcomes by promoting data use that is more accurate, efficient, and equitable.

The Minnesota Youth Development Research Group has been listening to the voices of youth through the Minnesota Student Survey, or MSS, for more than a decade. Their work provides an important knowledge base for decision makers and valuable education and experience for talented students under Rodriguez’s guidance. Read more about the MSS and the research group.

There’s a big emphasis on getting kids ready for schools. We also need to be getting our schools ready for kids.

Research on diversity and equity

Exploring the Politics of Literacy and Race in the Classroom

Timothy Lensmire, professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, examines issues of educational equity. His work contributes to the ongoing effort to figure out how best to work with white people in K-12 schools and universities, teacher education, and teacher development on issues of race and racism. While a PhD student on the culture and teaching track, educator David Núñez was a research assistant to Lensmire and says the program’s support allowed him to explore his own interests in social justice and education.

Helping Transgender Youth Live Happy Lives

Department of Family Social Science Associate Professor and Extension Specialist Jennifer McGuire studies the well-being of young people who identify as transgender, with a specific focus on how family environments can support healthy development. McGuire has led several types of studies, including The Transgender Youth Study, an accompanying parent study, and a project examining the use of body art as a path to identity and resilience for transgender youth.

Exploring Indigenous Knowledge Systems

A significant part of Elizabeth Sumida Huaman’s research explores how Indigenous knowledge systems inform educational experiences for children and community members. She explores this work through long-term collaborative relationships with Indigenous communities and tribal institutions in North and South America. Sumida Huaman also teaches in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, where she is an associate professor in the comparative and international development education track.

Faculty of color and faculty researching topics in diversity and equity

27.7% of CEHD's faculty identify as faculty of color, and as a college committed to creating a more equitable and just world, we have many other faculty members researching issues in equity and inclusion.