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Our Commitment to Equity & Diversity

In the Department of Sociology, we strive to provide a supportive environment for student and scholars from varying racial, ethnic, religious, social class, sexual identity, and national backgrounds. We recognize that a diverse community promotes equity through respect for, and opportunities to learn from, people with a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.

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Inequalities and Identities Research Specialty

The study of inequality at the University of Minnesota incorporates an analysis of the meaning, making, and significance of racial, ethnic, and other boundaries. Research in Inequalities and Identities documents patterns of discrimination and prejudice in policies and practices, and unpacks the mechanisms by which these inequalities are perpetuated and reproduced.

Learn more about our Inequalities and Identities research specialty.

Collaboration and Opportunities

Sociology offers many opportunities to conduct research on and join in other collaborations related to Inequalities and Identities.

American Mosaic Project

The American Mosaic Project, funded by the Edelstein Foundation and the National Science Foundation, is an ongoing project that focuses on culture and prejudice, especially religious prejudice, in contemporary American society. Specifically, this project examines what brings Americans together, what divides us, and the implications of our diversity for our political and civic life.

The Sociology Race Reading Group

The race reading group is an open space where scholars interested in race can meet one another and participate in engaged dialogue on race and race scholarship. Our group supports scholars in their efforts to think critically and holistically about their own research and areas of study. It is a compliment to the formal research and study undertaken by faculty and students working in our Inequalities and Identities research specialization. We welcome community members, students, and faculty from a wide variety of disciplines.

Spring 2016 Schedule of Book Discussions:
February 12:  Prudence Carter. Stubborn Roots: Race, Culture, and Inequality in U.S. and South African Schools. 2012.
March 4:  Michelle Wright. Becoming Black: Creating Identity in the African Diaspora. 2004.
April 15:  W.E.B. Du Bois. The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study. 1899.

Learn more about these and other collaborations and opportunities.

University Resources

In making diversity a core value, the University of Minnesota recognizes that its campuses flourish only when all students, staff, faculty, and external supporters have a community in which they can grow and thrive. The University’s access and diversity goals, values, and practices are fully interconnected, and the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) comprises offices that work together—and in collaboration with faculty, staff, students, and administrators—to educate and serve all members of the University community.

The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.