Equity, Diversity & Intercultural Programs
Fostering inclusive diversity and intercultural competence
The Office of Equity, Diversity and Intercultural Programs, which includes the Multi-Ethnic Student Program, LGBTQIA2S+ Programs, and the International Student Program, supports events, programs, and partnerships that:
- Strengthen relationships, intercultural competence, and global citizenship
- Promote a diverse, inclusive, and just community
- Advance the engagement and success of students from traditionally underserved backgrounds in the U.S. and international students from around the world.
One of Minnesota’s most diverse universities, nearly two-thirds of Morris students come from one or more of the populations that have historically been underserved in higher education. This is a reflection of Morris’ distinctive institutional history and our mission and vision as a public liberal arts college where dedicated faculty, staff and students work together to build more vibrant and inclusive communities.
We Are Morris! A Snapshot
- Nearly half of us will be in the first generation of our families to graduate with a four-year college degree
- Around a third of us are from low-income households
- Around a third of us are from rural areas
- Around a fifth of us are from one of the 60+ Native American tribes represented on campus
- Around 1 in 10 of us are African-American, Asian-American, or Hispanic-Latinx.
- 1 in 10 of us are international students earning an undergraduate degree at Morris.
- Around 1 in 10 of us use the Disability Resource Center
- At least 10% identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or queer
- Between 1-3% identify under the umbrella of transgender and gender non-conforming
- Many of us are “all of the above”
Research suggests that living and learning in a diverse environment is beneficial to everyone. Groups of people who are more alike prompt less creative thought processes and yield less imaginative solutions. The opportunity to build relationships and learn with people from different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds supports better academic achievement because we encounter different ways of understanding the world and different ways of solving problems both large and small. Opportunities provided at Morris to thrive in a diverse, close-knit community also lay the foundation for lifelong civic engagement and responsibility. Learn more.
- Academic success
- Intercutural competence
- Listening, dialogue, deliberation
- Relationship building