Equity, diversity, inclusion and access are the guiding principles for every aspect of our work in University of Minnesota Extension. As individuals, faculty, staff and educators, and as a community, we commit to weaving diversity, equity and inclusion into all aspects of Extension’s programming and employee engagement. We commit to creating inclusive and welcoming educational programs and to offering equitable access to historically marginalized members of our communities. Extension honors and respects all backgrounds and perspectives. Through equitable recruitment, promotion and retention and by learning from each other, we will transform our work to ensure that Extension’s workforce, volunteers and partnerships reflect the rich diversity of Minnesota and its people.
Beginning in the fall of 2020 and concluding a year later, a task force of 14 Extension employees examined how the organization could become more inclusive and welcoming while addressing issues of racial inequality and social justice in the communities Extension serves. The task force's report serves as the foundation for ongoing efforts toward programming and employee engagement that better reflect the goals in the above statement.
For questions about Extension’s DEI work, please contact Okey Ukaga, assistant dean and director of DEI programs.