Resources for Chairs, Heads or Unit Leaders

Faculty and Academic Affairs supports academic leaders as they build and strengthen the academic units within which faculty carry out the mission and strategic goals of the University of Minnesota.

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Advancing Respectful Academic Cultures

The work of University of Minnesota community members depends on feeling supported in an equitable and inclusive campus climate. Our ability to fulfill our teaching, research, and service mission requires that all of us pay attention to, and strengthen, the cultures of our academic departments. Academic leaders have unique roles in advancing respectful academic cultures; below are resources aimed at assisting you in this essential work.

Key Readings and External Resources

Additional Resources

  • Educational Resources for Improving Unit Culture
  • The Aurora Center for Advocacy & Education provides a free and confidential space for students, faculty, and staff who are victims/survivors/concerned people of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment.
  • The Dignity Project Work Group through the Student Conflict Resolution Center envisions a University culture that fosters academic excellence by promoting civil and respectful relationships through effective prevention of and response to hostile, offensive or intimidating behavior. 
  • Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action addresses reports of discrimination, harassment, nepotism, sexual misconduct (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking and relationship violence) and related retaliation
  • Improving Campus Climate includes a list of resources for campus climate concerns, including bullying, harassment, discrimination, physical threats/assault, privacy violation, racial profiling, and retaliation.
  • The Office for Conflict Resolution provides both formal and informal conflict resolution services to non-bargaining unit University faculty, staff and students who are experiencing employment-related conflicts.
  • The President's Initiative to Prevent Sexual Misconduct aims for long-term culture change to build a University community free from all forms of sexual misconduct.

Awards and Recognition

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