Diversity Data Deep Dive

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The Diversity Data Deep Dive (DDDD) conferences were developed in order to utilize qualitative and quantitative data to advance institutional equity and diversity goals.

The inaugural conference was held in Walter Library on November 17, 2017. Presentations highlighted available institutional data sets, how data can be accessed, and the ways that participants can leverage data to effect change. The second DDDD took place as a half-day conference in April 2018, examining specific cases more deeply.

This established a model for presenting a fall conference that explores many aspects of data in diversity and a spring session that looks more closely at particular scenarios as models for making change happen.

Many of our sessions from these conferences are live-streamed during the event to include online audience members. Videos, along with brief descriptions of those sessions, are available below. Break-out sessions were not recorded.

For more information about any of these presentations, please contact [email protected].

Past Conferences

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Diversity Data Deep Dive 9 - Spring 2022

Religious Accommodations and Reporting on Race & Ethnicity

Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Program: 8:45 am to noon
Community Building:  8:15 am to 8:45 am

DDDD9 Program:dddd9_program_2022.pdf

8:15 to 8:45 am
Community Building Meet & Greet 

8:45 to 9:00 am
Welcome & Introduction to DDDD9

9:00 to 10:00 am
Religious Accommodations: Case Studies for Consideration  
Stacey Tidball, Associate Vice Provost of Academic Support Resources 
Marlo Welshons, Assistant to the Provost
Natan Paradise, Center for Jewish Studies

The University's Makeup Work for Legitimate Absences policy provides academic accommodations for religious observances. The Executive Vice President and Provost sends a message each semester to faculty and instructors reminding them of this policy; however, many instructors and students are unclear about what appropriate accommodations may be for an individual student observing a particular holiday. Members of the Academic Calendar Task Force have gathered case studies for review and discussion, the results of which will be used to help develop a resource guide for instructors and students.

10:00 to 10:10 am

10:10 to 11:10 am
Reporting and Ethnicity Data: Understanding the Numbers 
Amy Schult, University Data Governance
Elysia Wallace, Enterprise Data Management and Reporting  

The University of Minnesota reports on employee and student ethnicity as set by state and federal requirements as well as to guide internal decisions in support of institutional initiatives, such as MPact 2025. This presentation will explain the different ethnicity calculations the University uses based on internal and external requirements and provide examples to compare the differences in numbers the calculations create.

11:10 to 11:25 am
Discussion: Practice, Resources, and Future Sessions

11:25 to 11:30 am
Closing DDDD9 Session


Diversity Data Deep Dive 8 - Fall 2021

Got Data? Equity Lens on Policy, Representation & Campus Climate

DDDD8 Program

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

8:15 to 8:45 am
Community Building Meet & Greet  
Join us in a space created for introductions and community building.

8:45 to 9:00 am
Welcome & Introduction to DDDD8

9:00 to 10:00 am 
The Equity Lens Policy Review Committee: Measuring Our Impact
Amelious N. Whyte, Jr., College of Liberal Arts 
Susan Rafferty, JD, (she/her) School of Public Health

The Diversity Community of Practice’s Equity Lens Policy Review Committee launched in 2018 and is charged with reviewing all University administrative policies through an equity lens.  This presentation will explore the work of this committee, its contributions to making policies more equitable, and will engage participants in exploring creative ways of measuring the impact of its work.

10:00 to 10:10 am

10:10 to 11:10 am
Key Takeaways from Recent Empirical Literature on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Christina Petersen, Center for Educational Innovation
JD Walker,  Center for Educational Innovation

The Pedagogical Innovations Journal Club is a forum for discussing recent findings in post-secondary educational research. The spring 2021 meetings focused on articles evaluating different approaches to promoting student equity, inclusion, and belonging. Articles addressed how stereotype threat and mindset may contribute to opportunity gaps and how interventions such as active learning and inclusive teaching practices contributed to decreasing those gaps. In this presentation, we will summarize the findings from four such articles and we will discuss appropriate strategies that UMN instructors and staff can incorporate into their teaching and into their support of teaching.

11:10 to 11:20 am

11:20 to 11:55 pm 
Gopher Equity Project: What Did We Learn?
LeeAnn Melin, Office of Undergraduate Education
Alexander Hines, Martin Luther King Jr. Program 
Anise Mazone, Multicultural Student Engagement

The Gopher Equity Project (GEP) launched in Fall 2020 as an effort to build a positive and respectful campus climate on the Twin Cities campus. Last year, over 10,500 students took the GEP online diversity, equity and inclusion training. This presentation will provide an overview of the Gopher Equity Project and what we learned from student feedback and pre- and post-test results.

11:55 to 12:15 pm 
Closing DDDD8 AM Session

12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
Community Building Meet & Greet  
Join us in a space created for introductions and community building.

1:00 pm to 1:05 pm
Welcome & Introduction to DDDD8

1:05 pm to 2:00 pm
UMPD Presentation on Campus and Community Safety
Chris Fonseca, University of Minnesota Police Department
Nick Juarez, Community Engagement Liaison 

The campus safety presentation discusses safety tips for students and staff along with the numerous resources available on campus. This presentation will also address the three entities within public safety at the U of M: police, dispatch, and security.

2:00 pm to 2:10 pm

2:10 pm to 3:10 pm
Understanding Military-Connected Students at the U of M
Jabra M. Kawas (He/Him), University Veterans Services
Vic Massaglia (He/Him), School of Public Health

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is home to more than 900 military-connected students.  In this presentation we will talk about military-connected students and veterans on campus, highlighting demographic information about these students as well as some of the challenges they may face.  We will also examine the increasing diversity of those who have served.

3:10 pm to 3:20 pm

3:20 pm to 4:00 pm
Undergraduate Campus Climate and Student Experience Trends in SERU Data
Peter Radcliffe, Office of Undergraduate Education
Steven Hawks, Office of Undergraduate Education

The Undergraduate Student Experience in the Research University (ugSERU) survey is a comprehensive survey administered to all degree-seeking undergraduates on the Twin Cities campus. These survey data are used to provide Twin Cities campus staff, faculty, and administrators with unique insights into students’ experiences.  This presentation will examine trends in student experiences, satisfaction, and perceptions of campus climate through a diversity lens, highlighting the results of the Spring 2021 SERU survey.

4:00 to 4:15 pm
Summary/Conclusion of DDDD8 PM Session

Diversity Date Deep Dive 7 - Spring 2021

Maintaining Momentum: Community Framing of Policing Solutions, Mental Health & Wellness, and Anti-Racist Research Strategies

AM Session: Wednesday April 21, 2021 - 8:45 am to 12:00 pm 

Our AM session presentations focus on data and insights at the University of Minnesota related to public safety and police reform in our community and survey data around student mental health.   Reflection and discussion groups will conclude the morning session.

8:45 to 8:55 am: Welcome & Introduction to DDDD7

9:00 to 10:00 am: From Police Reform to Police Abolition?  How Residents and Activists in Minneapolis Want to Make Black Lives Matter
Michelle S. Phelps, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota

The police killing of George Floyd in 2020 was a watershed moment, triggering massive protests across the country and demands to “end” the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). I draw on a multi-method case study of anti-police violence activism and community perceptions of the police in Minneapolis from 2017-2020 to understand how activists, city leaders, and everyday residents frame the problems in policing and their potential solutions. The findings help to illuminate contemporary debates about the future of public safety in Minneapolis and across the U.S.

10:00 to 10:15 am: Break 

10:15 to 11:15 am: College Student Health COVID Impact Survey – Results

Katherine Lust, PhD, MPH, Director of Research at Boynton Health

One year ago, students who were accustomed to on-campus learning, engaging with other students on a daily basis and participating in normal campus activities were faced with adapting to an entirely new environment for learning and socializing, when the pandemic forced the University to go to online learning. What impact did these changes have on students? Did it impact their mental health? Were students more stressed? What factors impacted their academic and mental health the most? Were there disparities in outcomes based on these changes associated with  ancestry/race or disability status? The presentation will address these questions.

11:15 to 11:30 am: Break 

11:30 to 11:55 pm: Reflection and Discussion: breakout groups 

Moderated by Joel Mixon

11:55 to 12:00 pm: Conclusion of DDDD7 AM Session

PM Session: Wednesday April 21, 2021 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Our PM session presentations focus on data and insights at the University of Minnesota related to conducting research through an anti-racism lens, data around a COVID-19 Wellness Study, and compliance-related data from Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

1:00 to 2:00 pm: Conducting Research Through an Anti-racism Lens: A Libraries Guide

Shanda Hunt, MPH, Public Health Librarian and Data Curation Specialist at the University of Minnesota 

Amy Riegelman, MLIS, Social Sciences Librarian at the University of Minnesota

2:00 to 2:15 pm: Break

2:15 to 3:15 pm: COVID-19 Wellness Study

Richard M. Lee, PhD, Distinguished McKnight University Professor with the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota 

The COVID-19 Wellness Study is a mixed-method longitudinal study that was launched in April 2020 by a research team consisting of Prof Lee, Prof Richard Douglass, and psychology graduate students Vanessa Anyanso and Victoria Wee. Prof Patricia Frazier recently joined the research team to add her expertise in stress, trauma, and coping. To date, six waves of survey data have been collected in April, May, June, and October of 2020 and February and April of 2021. The sample consists of 565 faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students from across the university. The survey was originally a qualitative survey to assess the immediate social, psychological, and productivity impact of the pandemic and to inform subsequent waves of data collection. Later surveys consist of more quantitative data. Each successive wave has taken into account local and national events that have impacted the university community, including COVID-related discrimination, the murder of George Floyd, the re-opening of the state, the Presidential election, the vaccine rollout, and most recently the Derek Chauvin trial and the rise of anti-Asian violence. The study received initial funding from the Office for Equity and Diversity. 

3:15 to 3:20 pm: Break

3:20 to 3:55 pm: EOAA's Compliance-related Data 

Gabrielle Mead, Assistant Director and Deputy Title IX Coordinator with Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) at the University of Minnesota

EOAA is the University office designated to address concerns of discrimination and harassment based on protected identities, as well as sexual misconduct.  EOAA also oversees the University's Affirmative Action Plan, which helps the University set hiring goals for certain demographic groups based on our estimate of qualified available individuals. This presentation will highlight EOAA's annual report summarizing its work to address discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct, explain the University's affirmative action obligations, and introduce the EOAA Goal Setting Tool.

3:55 to 4:00 pm: Summary/Conclusion of DDDD7 PM Session 

Diversity Data Deep Dive 6 - Fall 2020

Day 1 presentations focus on data and insights at the University of Minnesota related to the impacts of the two pandemics on the experiences of students and a more in-depth look at the experiences of underrepresented groups.

Day 2 broadens the notion of data and experiments with connecting DEI work in addressing the impacts of the two pandemics with a well-being model, mental health as it affects students with marginalized identities, and exploratory healing spaces for the BIPOC community on campus. 


8:45 to 8:55 am: Welcome & Introduction to DDDD6

9:00 to 9:45 am: Examining the Intersectional Experiences of BIPOC Students during the Pandemic: A Focus on Students' Academic Obstacles, Financial Hardships, and Well-being

Krista Soria, Director of Student Affairs Assessment, Office of Institutional Research

Data insights from the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) COVID-19 survey completed by over 30,000 undergraduates at nine large, public research universities. Participants will learn how to access results from the graduate version of the SERU COVID-19 survey, which was administered at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and Duluth campuses in summer 2020.

9:45 to 10:00 am: Break

10:00 to 10:45 am: GradSERU COVID-19 Survey results and Graduate Student Campus Climate Issues Revealed by Grad SERU 

Scott Lanyon, Vice Provost & Dean, The Graduate School

Exploring data from surveys of graduate student experiences (6,128 respondents to the 2019 gradSERU and 3,272 respondents to the 2020 SERU COVID-19) that reveal key climate issues that affect graduate students, with a look at data on graduate students of color. Learn about strategies the Graduate School has developed for department chairs, department directors of graduate students, and faculty to improve graduate student experiences. 

10:45 to 11:00 am: Break 

11:00 to 11:25 am: International Student Update 2020: COVID and Social Unrest Experiences

Barbara Kappler, Assistant Dean, International Student and Scholar Services

This presentation will discuss key points from the experience and impacts on international students and the University of Minnesota due to COVID-19 disruptions and the social unrest in the Twin Cities in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder. There are more than 5,000 international students and 1,500 international scholars from more than 130 world locations at the University of Minnesota.

11:25 to 11:55 am: Empowering Women in Science (EWIS): Taking Action to Advocate For and Support Women in STEM during COVID Times and Beyond

Tori Osinski, Postdoctoral Fellow Pediatrics Department Center for Immunology & EWIS Steering Committee Member

Katie Murphy, Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology & EWIS Steering Committee Member

In a variety of STEM disciplines, women face gender-specific challenges that inhibit both retention and advancement in their fields. Representation of women in STEM research drops with career advancement,and resources to advocate for and support women are lacking. The COVID pandemic has disproportionately affected women generally, and this is also specifically seen in the STEM research realm. The presentation will review selections of EWIS’s knowledge about and proposed solutions to improving the experience of women in STEM.

11:55 to 12:00 pm: Conclusion of DDDD Day 1


1:00 to 1:10 pm: Welcome & Introduction to DDDD6

1:10 to 1:40 pm: Panel Presentations 

Well-being in Learning Environments Framework

Mary Jo Kreitzer PhD, RN FAAN, Director, Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing; Professor, School of Nursing 

Mental Health and Marginalized Identities

Michael Stebleton, Associate Professor & Coordinator of Higher Education & Human Development, College of Education & Human Development

The Art of Healing: A Rejuvenation Space

Abimbola Asojo, Associate Dean for Research, Creative Scholarship, and Engagement; Professor, College of Design

1:40 to 2:00 pm: Panel Q&A and Discussion

2:00 to 2:15 pm: Break


2:15 to 3:00 pm: Case Studies in Small Groups

Facilitated by partners from Center for Educational Innovation, Graduate School Diversity Office, Office for Equity & Diversity & Diversity Community of Practice

CASE #1: Director of Graduate Studies learns of systemic issues in his department

CASE #2: Professor responds to student concerns

CASE #3: Shifting perceptions and stereotypes of military veterans

CASE #4: In-Class Discussion for Deaf Student 

CASE #5: Discussing Race

CASE #6: A Department Chair tries to make DEI progress

CASE #7: Supporting Indigenous Students

CASE #8: When Microaggressions and Imposter Syndrome Collide Resources

3:00 to 3:25 pm: Debrief as a Large Group

3:25 to 3:30 pm: Conclusion of DDDD Day 2

Diversity Data Deep Dive 5 - Fall 2019

Friday, November 8, 2019 | 8 am to 3:30 pm | Mississippi Room (3rd Floor), Coffman Memorial Union



DDDD5 Youtube Playlist


8 - 8:25 am: Registration and light refreshments 

8:25 – 8:35 am: What is the DDDD? Teddie Potter (School of Nursing), Vic Massaglia (School of Public Health), Virajita Singh (Office for Equity and Diversity) 

8:35 – 8:40 am: Welcome Remarks Rebecca Ropers, Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs 


8:40 – 9:15 am: Session 1a: Multicultural Student Success for Undergraduate Students Leveraging a Framework and Lessons Learned, Beth Lingren Clark (Office for Undergraduate Education), Steven Hawks (Office for Undergraduate Education), Shelly Wymer (Office of Measurement Services) 

9:15 – 9:40 am: Proaction Cafe 1 Refer to page 11 of this program for Proaction Cafe 1 self-reflection exercise 

9:40– 10:10 am: Session 1b: Gateway Course Grodes and Student Success, Peter Radcliffe (Office of Undergraduate Education) 


10:10– 10:40 am: Session 1c: Insights on Graduate Student Climate, Mylene Culbreath (Graduate School Diversity Office) 

10:40 – 11 am: Proaction Cafe 2 Refer to page 12 of this program for Proaction Cafe 2 self-reflection exercise 


11 am – 12 pm: Session 2: Student Well-Being & Course-Related Stress: Student Perspectives, Deb Wingert (Center for Educational Innovation) 

12 pm – 12:30 pm: Lunch & Networking 


12:30 – 1:45 pm: Session 2: As I See It: First Generation College Students & Photo Narratives, Rashne Jehangir (College of Education and Human Development) and Kelly Collins (Department of Leadership, Policy, and Development). Refer to page 13 of this program for opening and closing reflections on the photo voice exhibit. 

1:45 – 2:30 pm: Insights from the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE): Highlighting Outreach, Engagement, and Student Success, Caleb Hicks and Raul Aguilar Jr. (MCAE) 

2:30 – 3:15 pm: Asian American Students Experiences and Campus Climate: Insights and Impacts from APARC, Peter Limthongviratn, Diana Chandara, Ariana Yang, and Thong Vang (APARC) 

3:15 – 3:30 pm Summary and Wrap-up 

Diversity Data Deep Dive 4 - Spring 2019

Ripple Effect Mapping

This workshop will offer an in-depth understanding of a tool that can be applied to assess the ripple effect impacts of your equity and diversity work and programs

April, 17 2019  

 8:15 a.m. 9:00 a.m.    Registration and Networking
 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.        Ripple Effect Mapping (REM)  workshop - Scott Chazdon, UMN Extension 
11:00 a.m. - noon        Panel Discussion on application of REM to two projects:  
                                    Community Gardening in Rondo & Frogtown & East Side Health and Wellbeing Collaborative- St. Paul 

Humphrey Forum Room,  Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota Minneapolis Campus, West Bank

Attendance is free but registration is required.  Register Here

We especially encourage UMN system campuses to join us.

Diversity Data Deep Dive 3 - Fall 2019

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Visual Notes - by Rebecca Moss                   

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Session 1: Presentations and Panel Discussion University of Minnesota: Examples from the system. (video)

Diversity and data glimpses from four campuses across the University of Minnesota system: Morris, Crookston, Rochester, and Twin Cities. Discussing representational diversity/demographics, campus climate, strategic initiatives, and areas of future focus.

  • Melissa Bert, Institutional Effectiveness, University of Minnesota Morris, Using data to understand the diverse student population at the University of Minnesota Morris
  • Lorna Hollowell, Diversity and Multicultural Programs, University of Minnesota Crookston, UMC Breaking Fertile Ground to Cultivate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to Increase Representational Diversity
  • Ramiro Alvarez, University of Minnesota Rochester, Diversity Data: University of Minnesota - Rochester
  • Ronald Huesman, Office of Institutional Research, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Exploring University of Minnesota Diversity Data: System-wide and Twin Cities

Session 2: Diversity, Data, Innovation (video)

  • Jennifer Gunn, Institute of Advanced Study, The Human in The Data
  • Scott Chazdon, University of Minnesota Extension, Ripple Effects Mapping: A participatory group evaluation method at the intersection of data, diversity, and innovation
  • Joel Mixon, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Using Appreciative Inquiry for Equity and Inclusion
  • Daniel Keefe, Computer Science, College of Science & Engineering, Diversity in Researching and Teaching Visualization and Virtual Reality
  • Amy Schult, Institutional Analysis, Supporting innovation through shared data understanding

Session 3: Presentations and Panel Discussion (video)

  • Carolyn Porta, School of Nursing, Building the Evidence for Stopping Sexual Assault on College Campuses Using Common and Not-So-Common (Yet) Data Sources
  • Megan Voorhees, Institute on the Environment, A Case Study: Using Diversity Data to Increase Access to Experiential Education for Underrepresented Students
  • Virajita Singh, Office for Equity & Diversity, College MADE: Advancing Institutional Implementation of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in UMTC Academic Units 

Diversity Data Deep Dive 2 - Spring 2018

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Session 1: Setting the Vision

  • Virajita Singh, Office for Equity and Diversity (video)

Session 2: Data Context on Sexual Misconduct

  • Katie Eichele, The Aurora Center for Advocacy & Education (video)
  • Tina Marisam, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (video)

Session 3: Data Context on SERU LGBTQ Student Experience

  • Ron Huesman, Office of Institutional Research (video)

Diversity Data Deep Dive 1 - Fall 2017

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Welcome: Michael Goh, Interim Vice President, Office for Equity and Diversity
Keynote: Claudia Neuhauser, Associate Vice President, Office for the Vice President of Research

Session 1A: Diversity Data Stories: Why does Diversity Data matter? (video)

  • HEEDing the Call of Data - Teddie Potter, School of Nursing
  • A Campus Divided, Uncovered - Kate Dietrick, University LIbraries
  • Trans and Gender Nonconforming Communities: On in/visibility, transparency, and collecting data on us - Melinda Lee, Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Translife

Session 1B (video)

  • Internationalizing Campus Climate: An Exploration of International Student Data, Barbara Kappler and Xi Yu, International Student and Scholar Services
  • One of Many Possible Stories About Disability at the U - Cynthia Fuller, Disability Resource Center
  • Influencing Change with Data - an Inclusion Based Approach - Kendric Moore, Office of Information Technology

Session 1C (video)

  • Studies on Engagement of Underrepresented Minority STEM Students - Anne Hornickel, North Star Stem Alliance
  • GradSERU: What we've learned and how we take action - Kristin Van Dorn, College of Education and Human Development
  • Campus Climate - What’s the temperature? - Ann Freeman  & Kendra Okposo, Office for Equity and Diversity, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

Session 2: Snapshots and insights into U of M’s diversity data, where it is located and how might it be accessed (video)

  • Institutional data - John Kellogg, Office of Institutional Research
  • Diversity Data Deep Dive: SERU Survey - Krista Soria, Office of Institutional Research
  • GradSERU data for diversity and campus climate efforts - Daniel Jones White, Office of Institutional Research
  • The University of Minnesota Employee Engagement Survey - Brandon Sullivan, Office of Human Resources