Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

An integral part of our mission at the Water Resources Center is to advance the science of water for all Minnesotans.

Water, having shaped the landscape and biosphere, is also interdependent with culture and ways of knowing. This is reflected in the significance of water in our state -- the name Minnesota heralds from the Dakota language: Mnisota, "clear water", and Mnißota, "cloudy water".

We at the Water Resources Center acknowledge that our work cannot excel unless we foster the wide variety of aquatic relationships, narratives, and knowledges, and therefore, the wide diversity of Minnesotans.

We are dedicated to aligning our work with the true diversity of Minnesotans, addressing inclusivity as we strive to diversify our staff, stakeholders, and perspectives.         

We champion thoughtful and open communication as all people are valuable, deserving of respect and consideration. We are committed to confronting biases, conscious and unconscious, and enhancing accommodations for the differently abled.


University of Minnesota Office of Equity and Diversity leverages the transformative power of equity and diversity to advance excellence in teaching, research and community engagement at the University of Minnesota.

College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences Office for Diversity and Inclusion implements retention and recruitment efforts of students and faculty from underrepresented communities and assists the college in understanding the importance of intercultural competence in our society and the workplace.

Graduate Student and Postdoc Alliance for Diversity and Inclusivity provides opportunities for all graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to work collaboratively on issues that support diversity and inclusion through education, advocacy, networking, discussion, recognition, and celebration.

University of Minnesota Disability Resource Center works in partnership with students, faculty, staff, and guests of the University to eliminate or minimize barriers and facilitate inclusion on campus. 

University of Minnesota Student Conflict Resolution Center offers informal conflict resolution services to resolve students' university-based problems and concerns. Ombuds can provide confidential, impartial, and informal options.

Mental Health Services Boynton Clinics provides mental health services to University of Minnesota Twin Cities students. Services include individual therapy, couples therapy, urgent/crisis consultation, ADD/ADHD treatment, and emotional support animals.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee meets regularly to ensure the value and necessity of diversity and inclusivity are fundamental to the activities of the Water Resources Center. We welcome comments or feedback.
Please email water@umn.edu.