Equity & Diversity
The Humphrey School of Public Affairs inspires, educates, and supports innovative leaders to advance the common good in a diverse world by:
- Creating an inclusive, welcoming, and supportive school environment
- Ensuring that the people and scholarship at the School reflect our community and the world
- Building an institution committed to inter-cultural growth and learning
Our faculty, staff, students, and alumni share a special commitment to social justice and the celebration of diversity that are the legacy of our namesake, Hubert H. Humphrey. Mayor Humphrey burst on the national political scene in 1948 with an impassioned speech at the Democratic National Convention in which he called for inclusion of civil rights in the party platform.
In 1961, Humphrey said: “It is one thing to enact legislation that outlaws flagrant examples of racial discrimination—segregated hotels, buses, and parks. It is another thing to eliminate the more subtle and sophisticated techniques that effectively limit true freedom of choice in jobs, education, and housing.”
True to his vision, the Humphrey School is committed to diversifying our community using the very broadest definition of the term and to eliminating the "subtle and sophisticated" systems that limit true freedom. The Humphrey School is committed to:
- Creating a shared responsibility for building, maintaining, and improving an inclusive school climate to increase appreciation of and respect for diverse backgrounds, as well as multiple and intersectional identities
- Recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body
- Fostering a respectful and collegial learning environment for all Humphrey students, staff, and faculty members
Diversity Strategic Action Plan
The Humphrey School community developed a Diversity Strategic and Action Plan several years ago to affirm the school's commitment to diversity. The plan is used as a framework for concrete action to achieve the School's diversity goals by encouraging the diversity committee, faculty, staff, and students to assess the feasibility of various strategies; to implement strategies as appropriate; and to review periodically and report on progress in implementation through use of various performance indicators.
The Diversity Committee is responsible for generating discussion and initiatives that value and/or actively promote diversity and helping achieve the goals of the Diversity and Strategic Action Plan.
- Dean’s Office co-chair, appointed by the dean
- Faculty/staff co-chair, appointed by the dean
- Three faculty members, appointed by the dean for three-year terms
- Seven students, six chosen by student members of the committee (Three first-year students selected by three second-year student representatives)
- Three staff members, appointed by the Dean for three-year terms
- Humphrey Student Services representative, appointed by Student Services for three-year term
- Two alumni, selected for a three-year term by the committee co-chairs from applicants
- One international student selected for a one-year term by the Humphrey Fellows Program working groups
Diversity committee working groups focus on communications, curriculum, recruitment and retention, and accountability and evaluation.
Humphrey Students of Color Association is open to all students who wish to further the diversity goals of the Humphrey School and advance the collective interests of students of color.
Gender, Sex, and Policy Event Committee fosters conversations about the intersection of gender, sex, sexuality and policy through biweekly meetings and monthly school-wide events.
Humphrey International Students Association is driven to enhance engagement and interaction between the domestic and international students at the Humphrey School, by organizing and providing spaces for gathering and mutual learning that result in overall well being for the Humphrey community.