Providing Support to Our Diverse Community of Scholars
The Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA), led by Director Keisha Varma (Associate Vice Provost, Office for Equity and Diversity), works to increase participation, retention, and success for all faculty at the University of Minnesota, with a focus on faculty from historically underrepresented groups.
IDEA upholds the University's commitment to diversity by supporting transformative research and providing opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. Our signature programs include University Bridge Funding For Faculty of Color, Multicultural Research Awards, Diversity Through the Disciplines, Faculty Driven (now accepting Fall 2019 Applications), Keeping Our Faculty, and the President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.
IDEA convenes University of Minnesota scholars to collaborate across disciplines, departments, colleges, and campuses and fosters an inclusive campus climate for all faculty.