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The Bias Response and Referral Network has three components:

  • Executive oversight is provided by the executive vice president and provost, the vice president for equity and diversity, and their lead staff members as assigned.
  • A Consultation and Advisory Group, which includes faculty and students, provides insight, expertise, and feedback to the BRRN
  • The BRRN Working Team is charged with responding to bias incidents on the Twin Cities campus that have been reported to the BRRN, but does not itself have an investigative or disciplinary role. The team meets regularly to discuss incidents and trends. A group of six staff leads provides overall coordination for the team, works with the executive oversight leaders, responds to incident reports on a day-to-day basis, and identifies issues for discussion with the full team. The full team includes representatives from the below units and campus entities.

Bias Response and Referral Network Core Working Team

Ad hoc*

  • Nasreen Mohamed, International Student and Scholar Services
  • Jenny Porter, Orientation and Transition Experiences
  • Patricia Izek, Diversity Community of Practice (DCoP)
  • Katie Eichele, Aurora Center
  • Saby Labor, Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life (GSC)

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

  • Angi Porter**

Faculty Representatives

  • Tania Mitchell, College of Education and Human Development (CEHD)
  • Karen Miksch, Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee, CEHD

*Ad hoc members are chosen to fill essential perspectives related to their work or the communities they represent.

**Staff leads

Global Programs and Strategy Alliance

  • Barbara Kappler

The Graduate School

  • Noro Andriamanalina

Housing and Residential Life

  • Fernando Rodriguez**

Office for Equity and Diversity

  • Anitra Cottledge
  • Ann Freeman**

Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost

  • Emily Ronning**

Office of the General Counsel

  • Shelley Carthen Watson**

Office of Human Resources

  • Lovey Peissig

Office of the President

  • Brianne Keeney

Office for Student Affairs

  • Laura Knudson**
  • Karmen McQuitty
  • Erik Dussault

University Services

  • David Hutton
  • Coy Hillstead