CSE Diversity & Inclusion Opportunities: Resources for Undergraduates

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Diversity & Inclusion Opportunities Resources for Undergraduates

WELCOME! We hope you find this booklet useful in exporing the many opportunities within the College of Science and Engineering and on the Twin Cities campus. Additional information and resources can be found at cse.umn.edu/DiversityOpportunities. Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Stop by Lind Hall, suite 115 for help finding your community on campus!


Questions? Contact me: Dan Garrison (he/him/his) Assistant Director for Diversity & Inclusion garr0235@umn.edu 612-624-5091 Collegiate Life Office Lind Hall, Room 115A

We are committed to creating and maintaining a welcoming and inclusive community of learning and scholarship by generating and maintaining support systems for all persons to thrive, especially those individuals and groups highlighted by the University of Minnesota’s Office of Equity and Diversity. Diversity is embraced and recognized as enrichment to the overall educational experience. We strive to ensure that students, in particular those from groups traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering, have the opportunity to realize their aspirations while also valuing their contributions to the daily life of the College of Science and Engineering.

LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is built within and continues to occupy the traditional homelands of the Dakota people. It is important to acknowledge the peoples on whose land we live, learn, and work as we seek to improve and strengthen our relations with our tribal nations. We also acknowledge that words are not enough. We must ensure that our institution provides support, resources, and programs that increase access to all aspects of higher education for our American Indian students, staff, faculty, and community members. 1


American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) . . . . . . . . . . 3 National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM) . . . . 4 Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers (SASE). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Science and Engineering Student Board (SESB). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Society of Women Engineers (SWE). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6


STEM Diversity House Living Learning Community. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Initiative . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8


Student Cultural Centers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) . . . . . . . . . . . 11 TRIO McNair Scholar Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Disability Resource Center (DRC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life. . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Student Counseling Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 • Let’s Talk • Mental Health Collective of Indigenous People and People of Color Student Academic Support Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 DACA and Dream Act Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Immigration Response Team. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Student Legal Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 CSE Student Services Contact Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18




Our mission is to substantially increase the representation of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, First Nations, and other indigenous peoples of North America in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies and careers. Our goals: •  To be a catalyst for the advancement of American Indians as they grow to become self-reliant and self-determined members of society •  To support students in science, engineering, and many other fields




Our mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. We provide: •  Tutoring services •  Resources to assist in our members’ professional and academic development •  Mentoring opportunities to encourage youth to consider careers in science and engineering fields



Out in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathemetics, Incorporated


SOCIETY OF ASIAN SCIENTISTS & ENGINEERS (SASE) Lind Hall, Room 102 sasemail@umn.edu

We envision a world where all members of the STEM community can pursue their work in a safe and supportive environment that celebrates their contributions and differences. Students of all areas of study and identities may join! Our mission: •  Foster community and visibility for LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, staff, and professionals at the University of Minnesota •  Create a community of support at the University •  Identify, address, and advocate for the needs of LGBTQIA+ students in the STEM fields •  Educate, empower, and provide professional development

Our mission is to prepare Asian heritage scientists and engineers for success in the global professional world. We strive to celebrate diversity on campus and in the workplace and provide opportunities for members to make contributions to their local communities. Membership is open to men and women of all ethnic backgrounds. Opportunities include: •  Leadership and mentorship development •  SASE Labs, a program to create and innovate technology •  SASE Jr. high school mentoring initiative 4

CSE STUDENT GROUPS The Science & Engineering Student Board is the student governing body for the College of Science and Engineering.

SCIENCE & ENGINEERING STUDENT BOARD (SESB) Lind Hall, Room 110 sesb@umn.edu sesb.umn.edu


Our mission: To provide resources, support, community, and advocacy for students and student groups by fostering a network of leaders within CSE and between colleges. Our committees: •  Student Group Relations •  Diversity and Inclusivity Committee • Members organize events and discussions throughout the school year to create awareness and address the different issues affecting diversity. • Ongoing social media campaign: #thisiswhatSTEMlookslike •  Events •  First-Year Initiative •  Mental Health •  Outreach and Community Service •  Academic Affairs •  Communications Team

CSE STUDENT GROUPS Leading Hispanics in STEM


SOCIETY OF WOMEN ENGINEERS (SWE) Lind Hall, Room 110 swe@umn.edu sweumn.com

Our mission is to provide the right environment for the growth of our members into successful leaders by encouraging academic excellence, engaging the local Hispanic community, developing professional aptitude, and fostering a sense of family. Opportunities include: •  Networking with local professionals •  Professional development workshops and speakers •  Personal and professional growth at SHPE National Conference •  Yearly regional leadership development conferences

Our mission is to empower women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering and technology professions as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity and inclusion. We welcome students of all identities into a supportive network of members and allies who share diverse experiences in STEM. Opportunities include: •  Academic support •  Leadership development •  Outreach experiences •  Community involvement 6

CSE-SPONSORED PROGRAMS Are you an indigenous student or student of color interested in STEM fields? Find your place on campus and explore your career, academic, and personal interests here!

STEM DIVERSITY HOUSE LIVING LEARNING COMMUNITY • First-year, second-year, and transfer STEM students • Located in Pioneer Hall housing.umn.edu/ llcs/stem-diversity

WOMEN IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (WISE) LIVING LEARNING COMMUNITY • First-year students • Located in Pioneer Hall csewise@umn.edu housing.umn.edu/ llcs/wise 7

We provide: • A tight-knit environment in which you can learn from peers, faculty, and professionals who have similar academic and career interests • Help in calculus, physics, and chemistry at the Taylor Tutoring Center, sponsored by CSE • Opportunities to connect—the Community Advisor (CA) works with staff and faculty in STEM fields to arrange activities like dinner with faculty, study groups, and off-campus events •  Opportunities to work with North Star STEM Alliance, a program that will support you with financial support, research opportunities, service and outreach activities, study abroad, and internships

Gain support from other female CSE students by living in the WISE LLC! The WISE House, sponsored by Medtronic, is a community of motivated women in the College of Science and Engineering. We provide: • Support network who will learn and grow with you • WISE-Medtronic Mentor Program for one-toone mentorship with professional engineers at Medtronic throughout the academic year • Professional staff and live-in peer Community Advisors (CAs) • Events offered by the CSE WISE Initiative, including dinners with faculty, study groups, book discussions, and interactive lectures • Help in calculus, physics, and chemistry at the Taylor Tutoring Center, sponsored by CSE



The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Initiative exists to promote diversity and strengthen community across gender identities by providing additional opportunities for professional and personal development. WISE sponsors: •  Guest speakers, panel discussions, and workshops on topics such as leadership, research opportunities, mental health and wellness, financial planning, and building a personal brand •  Informal study groups •  International immersion experiences

Questions? Contact Sam: Sam Franco (she/her/hers) Assistant Director of WISE samfran@umn.edu 612-626-3282 Collegiate Life Office Lind Hall, Suite 115

•  Networking opportunities—for students to connect with each other as well as faculty, graduate students, and professionals. •  Undergraduate-Graduate Mentor Program •  Book discussions •  K-12 outreach and volunteer opportunities


CAMPUS SUPPORT SERVICES STUDENT CULTURAL CENTERS Located on the second floor of Memorial Union 234 A merican Indian Student Cultural Center (AISCC) aiscc@umn.edu 236 A l-Madinah Cultural Center (AMCC): madinah@umn.edu 226 A sian-American Student Union (ASU): asu@umn.edu 209 Black Student Union (BSU): bsu@umn.edu 213 Disabled Student Cultural Center (DSCC): dscc@umn.edu 215 Feminist Student Activist Collective (FSAC): wsac@umn.edu 211 L a Raza Latinx Student Cultural Center: laraza@umn.edu 232 Minnesota International Student Association (MISA): misa@umn.edu 217 Q ueer Student Cultural Center (QSCC): qscc@umn.edu For more info on any of these groups, email Student Unions & Activities: sua@umn.edu




The LSNSSA—a partnership of 14 higher education institutions and three community partners—is part of Minnesota’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, an initiative funded by the National Science Foundation. Our mission is to double the number of African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Alaska Native, and Pacific Islander students receiving baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through comprehensive approaches in student development and retention over a five-year period. Our partners include the Science Museum of Minnesota, Minnesota High Tech Association, and the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership.

Join us! We provide: •  Academic support •  Peer mentoring •  Assistance in navigating STEM •  Funding for travel, undergraduate research, and outreach •  Networking opportunities •  Leadership and professional development •  Undergraduate research experiences Become a LSNSSA Scholar today! northstarstem.org/umtc/apply



MULTICULTURAL CENTER FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE (MCAE) Appleby Hall, Room 176 mcae@umn.edu mcae.umn.edu

CIRCLE OF INDIGENOUS NATIONS Appleby Hall, Room 322 coin@umn.edu z.umn.edu/coin


MCAE and the Circle of Indigenous Nations are retention-based offices designed to assist students of color, indigenous students, and first-generation college students to navigate, persist, and succeed in college. We’re driven by a student-first culture in which students are the highest priority. Our goal is to promote an inclusive atmosphere to foster and enrich multicultural understanding among all members of the University of Minnesota community. Resources include: •  Academic support—tutors and computer lab •  MCAE Ambassador program—student ambassadors participate in activities such as prospective student and K-12 outreach, student panel discussions, and focus groups •  The Circle of Indigenous Nations—supports American Indian/First Nations/Alaskan Native students through a variety of services, such as tutoring for Ojibwe and Dakota languages, addressing concerns about scholarships, internships, or volunteer opportunities MCAE is a Twin Cities campus resource that promotes an inclusive atmosphere to foster and enrich multicultural understanding among all members of the University of Minnesota community.

CAMPUS SUPPORT SERVICES TRIO MCNAIR SCHOLAR PROGRAM www.cehd.umn.edu/ trio/mcnair McNair Scholars develop higher-level academic and research skills necessary to gain admission to and successfully complete graduate study. •  Open to all Twin Cities students •  10-week summer research apprenticeships with a University faculty mentor whose research interests match those of the McNair student •  $3,000 summer stipend, additional $500 during the academic year •  Weekly seminars on study strategies for graduate school and graduate entrance exam preparation • Year-round seminars and advising services

DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER McNamara Alumni Center, Room 180 612-626-1333 drc@umn.edu disability.umn.edu

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) promotes access and equity for all students, faculty, staff, and guests of the University of Minnesota. The DRC serves students with an array of disabilities and health conditions, including those related to chronic and mental health. Students with disabilities may request accommodations to address barriers they anticipate or are presently experiencing through the DRC. We can assist in exploring accommodations in a variety of contexts, including coursework, lab work, oncampus housing, campus jobs, and study abroad. We provide: •  Learning and working accommodations •  Education and training •  Consultation •  Technical assistance •  Career information 12


We serve students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, asexual, allies, and many other gender and sexual orientationcreative identities. We provide education, advocacy, outreach, and support. We collaborate with academic departments, implement institutional policies and practices, and support student development to ensure our students not only receive academic support, but find community support from the time they enroll for their first semester to when they graduate. Our goal is to create a campus climate where more inclusive understandings of gender and sexuality foster a sense of belonging for all.

AURORA CENTER FOR ADVOCACY AND EDUCATION Appleby Hall, Room 117 24-hour helpline: 612-626-9111 Business hour textline: 612-615-8911 aurora@umn.edu aurora.umn.edu

At the Aurora Center, we provide free and confidential services for students, faculty, and staff who are victims, survivors, concerned people of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. Our mission: •  Deliver free and confidential services •  Build partnerships with departments on campus •  Create awareness and prevention strategies around sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, sexual harassment, and oppression •  Provide meaningful volunteer and leadership opportunities We also provide: •  Drop-ins and appointments •  Prevention education •  Training programs on various topics, including gender equity and bystander intervention


CAMPUS SUPPORT SERVICES STUDENT COUNSELING SERVICES 612-624-3323 Minneapolis: Appleby Hall, Room 340 Walk-in hours available St. Paul: Coffey Hall, Room 199 counseling.umn.edu

We offer individual and group counseling on academic, personal, and career issues. •  Free •  Confidential •  No appointment needed—first come, first served Attend academic success workshops, where you can get tips for time management, note-taking, antiprocrastination, test-taking, and more!


counseling.umn.edu/lets-talk •  Informal drop-in session around campus •  It’s a good fit for you if… »  you are unsure about counseling and wonder what it’s like »  you are not interested in ongoing counseling but want a counselor’s perspective »  you have a specific problem and want someone to talk it through »  you are concerned about a friend and want some thoughts about what to do

MENTAL HEALTH COLLECTIVE OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE AND PEOPLE OF COLOR •  The Twin Cities campus sits on the traditional homelands of the Dakota People—and our group strives to build bridges and create solidarity. •  Open to undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty who self-identify as Indigenous People and/or People of Color at the University. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month: »  Bruininks Hall, Room 420B Noon-1:30 p.m. 14


Student Academic Success Services (SASS) was created to promote academic success at the University of Minnesota. Our academic skills coaches will help you identify and develop effective strategies for educational success.

Appleby Hall, Room 340

We provide: •  Courses for credit


•  One-to-one coaching

sass@umn.edu sass.umn.edu

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT & SCHOLAR SERVICES Hubert H. Humphrey School, Room 190 612-626-7100 isss@umn.edu isss.umn.edu


•  Academic skills assessment •  Academic success workshops for student groups •  Self-help materials

We’re dedicated to serving the University of Minnesota’s international community. ISSS supports the University’s internationalization efforts by helping departments bring new foreign nationals into the community; by providing intercultural training for students, staff, and faculty; and by offering events that build links between the U.S. and international communities on campus. Walk-in advising is available. Our advisers/counselors are trained to provide: •  Information about non-immigrant visa issues for students and scholars holding F, J, H, and O visas •  Counseling to students about academic, personal, and family matters •  Counseling for students on issues of crosscultural adjustment and professional integration upon returning home


DACA AND DREAM ACT INFORMATION dream.umn.edu immigration.umn.edu

“Our diversity is among the many things that make us strong. All are welcome here and we support you.” — University of Minnesota Statement of support for non-citizen U of M community members, November 30, 2016

How do Minnesota Dream Act and/or qualifying DACA students apply for benefits? Undocumented students can apply for state financial aid by accessing the online application: z.umn.edu/DreamAidApplication. To be eligible for the Minnesota State Grant, the application must be submitted no later than the 30th day of the term. The results of the application can also be used to qualify for in-state tuition rates at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and Duluth campuses. The application should be submitted once for each academic year the student is enrolled in college. Find answers to frequently asked questions at dream.umn.edu/about.


CAMPUS SUPPORT SERVICES IMMIGRATION RESPONSE TEAM 1901 University Avenue SE, Suite 300 612-624-4224 immigration@umn.edu immigration.umn.edu

STUDENT LEGAL SERVICES West Bank Skyway, Room 160 612-624-1001 usls@umn.edu sls.umn.edu

The Immigration Response Team ensures that all students, faculty, and staff who are affected by immigration policy changes—including issues connected with DACA and immigration status— have access to resources and support. •  Free •  Private •  Drop-in sessions available •  Legal help—meet an immigration lawyer •  Updates on immigration policies

Student Legal Service offers legal advice and representation to Student Service Fee-paying University of Minnesota Twin Cities students. We also provide educational programming on legal issues to students, staff, faculty, and the community. •  Free* •  By appointment only •  Notary services •  Immigration services •  Landlord/Tenant legal help •  Educational programs on legal issues Our office has seven full-time attorneys, two paralegals, two support staff, and two law clerks. Because we are an office just for U of M students, we are able to focus our practice on the legal issues that are often unique to students. * To students who have paid the University of Minnesota Student Services Fee


CSE STUDENT SERVICES Collegiate Life The Office of Collegiate Life and Student Engagement helps you go beyond the classroom and get involved, including programs for diversity and inclusion, leadership and development, learn abroad, mentorship, women, research, student groups, and more.

Lind Hall, Room 115 csess@umn.edu 612-624-5091 cse.umn.edu/collegiatelife Hours: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday

Academic Advising Academic Advising will help you with your academic questions from orientation to graduation. We are here to help you select courses, stay on track for graduation in four years, understand academic policies, connect with opportunities and services, and celebrate your accomplishments.

Lind Hall, Room 105 cseadvising@umn.edu 612-624-2890 cse.umn.edu/advising Hours: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday Drop-in hours: 2–4 p.m., Monday–Friday

Career Center The CSE Career Center offers you career services, including career counseling, fairs, and workshops; grad school preparation; and job and internship search assistance. Schedule an individual counseling appointment or stop by during drop-in hours.

Lind Hall, Room 105 csecareer@umn.edu 612-624-4090 cse.umn.edu/career Hours: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday Drop-in hours: 2–4 p.m., Monday–Friday

Diversity & Inclusivity Alliance—JOIN NOW! Composed of students, faculty, postdoctoral researchers, staff, and alumni from across the college, the Alliance works to improve the college’s climate through advancement and practice of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

cse.umn.edu/alliance csealliance@umn.edu



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