From the Office of the President: Staff Diversity Listening Session

Dear Colleagues,

Promoting equity and diversity on campus is an important priority of mine. I'd like to hear your ideas about action steps we can take to change the campus climate and improve services and support for diverse staff and the entire University community. To that end, Senior Vice President Robert Jones and I are hosting a listening session to hear from Twin Cities staff:

10 - 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Mayo Auditorium, Mayo Memorial Building

I believe that a diverse community is essential to a healthy and forward-moving university. This session will give us a chance to hear your views on issues of equity and diversity, share ideas, and discuss the opportunities and barriers we face.

Kim Hewitt, director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (a unit of the Office for Equity and Diversity), will moderate the session. Other University leaders partnering to plan this event include: Irene Duranczyk and Richard Graff, co-chairs of the Equity, Access, and Diversity Senate Committee; Dale Branton and Mary Kennedy, chair and chair-elect of the Disabilities Issues Senate Committee; Steven Pearthree and Ann Hagen, chair and chair-elect of the Senate P&A Committee; Don Cavalier and Amy Olson, chair and chair-elect of the Civil Service Consultative Committee; Kris Lockhart, associate vice president for equity and diversity; Louis Mendoza, associate vice provost for equity and diversity and chair of the Department of Chicano Studies; and Rickey Hall, assistant vice president for equity and diversity.

Please RSVP and submit your top one or two questions via this Google form by June 13. If you have questions about this listening session, please contact Kris Lockhart in the Office for Equity and Diversity at

Thank you in advance for your insight and participation.


Eric W. Kaler

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