About IDEA

  • guests at the Fall 2018 IDEA social gathering
  • guests at the Fall 2018 IDEA social gathering
  • guests at the Fall 2018 IDEA social gathering
  • guests at the Fall 2018 IDEA social gathering
  • guests at the Fall 2018 IDEA social gathering
  • guests at the Fall 2018 IDEA social gathering
  • guests at the Fall 2018 IDEA social gathering
  • guests at the Fall 2018 IDEA social gathering
  • guests at the Fall 2018 IDEA social gathering

IDEA Mission Statement

The Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) seeks to create an equitable and inclusive environment where diverse faculty and students can reach their fullest potential and excel in their scholarship. Our community of scholars is composed of individuals who, through their distinctive viewpoints, contribute to the intellectual culture of the University of Minnesota.

Minnesota’s, and the country’s, demographics are ever changing. A diverse faculty is required to understand, mentor, and respond to the needs and aspirations of the increasingly diverse student body. Diversity enhances creative thinking, innovation, and problem-solving which offers a competitive advantage for the university community. IDEA is a place where we create programs and support research that welcomes and embraces diversity and enables University of Minnesota faculty and students to be their best selves – to be welcomed, valued, respected, and heard.

Director of the Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) 

Keisha Varma
Associate Vice Provost 
Office for Equity and Diversity