Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Department of Applied Economics embraces diversity and excellence. We are committed to promoting the principles of equal opportunity, affirmative action, and multiculturalism where all individuals are valued, respected, provided the opportunity to flourish, and supported in their pursuit of excellence. Our goal is to create workplace and classroom experiences that promote academic excellence through cultural diversity and are free of intolerance and coercive behaviors. Multiculturalism promotes an understanding that the human experience includes, but is not limited to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation. 

How We Define Diversity

Our definition aligns with the University. It is our responsibility as an institution—as part of our commitment to creating a welcoming and affirming climate—to serve and support the following individuals and groups at the University of Minnesota:

  • American Indians and other indigenous populations.
  • People of color, including underrepresented groups and new immigrant populations.
  • People with both apparent and non-apparent disabilities.
  • People who identify as women.
  • People of various gender and sexual identities and expressions.
  • First-generation students.
  • Individuals who might encounter barriers based on their religious expression, age, national origin, ethnicity, or veteran status.

Begin or deepen your learning and understanding with resources collected by CFANS Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Other resources, including training opportunities, can be found by visiting the University’s OED website.

Engage in our conversation

We encourage on-going, candid reflection as we work to confront systemic racism and increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in our department. If you have any suggestions or concerns, we want to hear from you. 

Applied Economics Feedback Form

Department resources

Our committee members

If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to any of the committee members. As a committee member, we are committed to following up on your questions or concerns.

Steve Polasky (Chair)
Danielle Becker
Jeanne Giernet
Justin Johnson
Hikaru Peterson
Pamela Smith
Rodney Smith
Chengyan Yue
Giang Thai
Jhih-Yun Liu