Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resource Library

The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry assures that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment and is committed to serving all people -- regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation. To fulfill this mission, we all must confront our biases and actively pursue the goal of equity and inclusion for all. This page offers resources to help you learn, grow and change. 

These videos have been curated by the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee to guide you along the journey of creating a better and more just School of Dentistry.

Anthony Peterson, an educator and diversity consultant, gives a frank talk about race and how we discuss it in "What I am learning from my white grandchildren - truths about race." Peterson researches, designs and facilitates workshops on diversity and inclusion.

In this TED Talk, Vernā Myers, VP of Inclusion Strategy for Netflix and author of “Moving Diversity Forward,” makes a plea in this funny and poignant video "How to come overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them."

The University of Minnesota Office of Academic Clinical Affairs assembled four experts in the fields of public health, policy, global health, and law to discuss racism as a public health crisis in the United States in "Addressing Racial Inequities in Health Outcomes During COVID and Beyond."

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month


AAPI month

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month takes place from May 1st to May 31st. It is a celebration of the historical and cultural contributions of the people of Asian American and Pacific Islander descent in the US. The AAPI term includes cultures from the entire Asian continent—including East, Southeast and South Asia—and the Pacific Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. Explore how to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month. 

Visit the Asian American Pacific Islander Resource Center. The Asian Pacific American Resource Center (APARC) is a community committed to affirming the experiences of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students and their diverse communities. http://aparc.umn.edu/ 

Visit the AAPI Resource Library. The APARC Library is located in Appleby Hall room 311 in the Asian Pacific American Resource Center (APARC). It is an Asian American Pacific Islander resource library filled with fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies, graphic novels, children’s literature, academic research, documentaries and movies surrounding Asian American identity. Read more!

Listen to podcasts. 

  • At the Moment: Asian American News “What You Need to Know About Anit-Asian Violence”
  • Asian Enough “Margaret Cho”
  • Culturally Relevant w/ David Chen “Diary: The Murders in Georgia”
  • Asian Americana “Helpers in the Time of Coronavirus”

Explore and Learn.

Fun Facts.

  • The Four Great inventions of ancient China (四大發明) are celebrated in Chinese culture for their historical significance and as symbols of ancient China's advanced science and technology. They are papermaking, printing, gunpowder, and the compass.
  • 4.72 billion people live in Asia as of April 2022! (out of 7.9 billion worldwide)
  • Hiram Leong Fong became the first Asian-American US Senator in 1959. An American businessman, lawyer and politician, he is the son of Cantonese immigrants.
  • Sir Rabindranath Tagore was the first Asian Nobel laureate, winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.
  • Steel was first produced by Indian metalworkers in 400 BC.
  • Tu Youyou won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her discovery of artemisinin, a malaria treatment which has saved millions of lives worldwide. She used ancient Chinese medical texts from the Zhou, Qing and Han dynasties to isolate this compound from traditional herbal remedies.
  • Mamie Tape was an 8-year-old Chinese-American girl who helped desegregate San Francisco schools in 1885 through her bid to the California Supreme Court seven decades before Brown v. Board of Education.
  • Dr. Mabel Ping-Hua Lee became the first Chinese woman to earn a PhD in economics from Columbia University. Dr. Lee published her research as a book called “The Economic History of China” in 1921.
  • Thelma G. Buchholdt was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives becoming the first Filipinx American legislator elected in the US. In 2009, she was inducted into the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame.
  • In 1964, Patsy Mink was the first woman of color elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. During her Congressional career, Mink introduced the Early Childhood Education Act and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and was a co-author for Title IX.
  • Dalip Singh Saund was the first Sikh and first Asian American to be elected to the the U.S. House of Representatives, where he advocated for farmers and was a fierce supporter of the 1957 Civil Rights bill.

Women's History Month


Women's History Month

Women's History Month is a dedicated month to reflect on the often-overlooked contributions of women to United States history. The month of March and International Women’s Day, celebrated March 8, are dedicated to remembering the glass-ceiling shattering suffragists, visionaries, and trailblazing women who have fought for equality on behalf of women today and women of the future. 

How to celebrate Women’s History Month

Support female entrepreneurs. 

Read books by female authors. Women’s History Month and Ebooks by Minitex has a great list of books to read!

Listen to podcasts who have a female host. Here’s a list of the 7 podcasts hosted by women.

Watch films about famous women. The best way to honor history is to understand it. Learn about the women who cracked the glass ceiling or completely shattered in all sectors of life.

Recognize, Share & Uplift. One of the ways to celebrate Women’s History Month beyond March is to connect and uplift an inspiring woman in your life. If you’re a mother to a young girl or have a niece, how can you share a woman's history with her? Help her recognize that National Women’s History Week and International Women’s Day are celebrations of the ideas, experiences, and shared history of females around the globe with these activities. 

International Women’s Day. Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality. Learn more and join the International Women’s Day Webinar Series: Coalescing Around Justice, Dignity, and Hope.  Hosted by a collaborative of 12 U of M centers and units, this three-part webinar series celebrates International Women’s Day 2022. Events will explore intersections of global women’s health, public policy, human rights, ethics, and more, and are meant to generate ideas for interprofessional collaboration and action.  March 1, 3, and 10.

Black History Month


Black History Month web header

Celebrating Black History Month, the Multicultural Student Engagement is proud to work in collaboration with other university affiliates such as SUA, BSU and the African American & African Studies Department to celebrate Blackness in the past, present, and future. Learn more about events and resources.

Friends of the University Libraries recently hosted a series of three events under the umbrella of Amplifying Black Narratives. Learn more by watching the recordings below. 

  1. Past, Present and Future 
  2. Black Publishers and Black Bookstores
  3. The Creation of Black Narratives 

ELM resources for Black History Month:February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of the achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.

Many eLibrary Minnesota databases offer information, articles, images, and other resources in their collections around this topic:

Hispanic Heritage Month


National Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month! Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 to October 15, celebrates contributions to the United States' society and culture made by Americans with roots from Latin American countries. Originally started with one week of commemoration  in 1968, and expanded to one month in 1988. Its timing is aligned with the independence anniversaries of several Latin American countries, many of which fall between September 15 and 18.

Here at the School of Dentistry we encourage you to take some time to self-educate, support local business and celebrate the rich contributions of our Latinx community. 

Latinx (Hispanic) Heritage Month Resources:

Video Resources

National Hispanic Heritage Month