Bias Response and Referral Network Structure and Oversight

The Bias Response and Referral Network has three components:

  • Executive oversight 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. 
  • A Core Working Team is charged with the day-to-day responsibilities of responding to bias incidents on the Twin Cities campus that have been reported to the BRRN. Working collaboratively with campus partners, the team reviews and coordinates responses, but does not itself have an investigative or disciplinary role. As charged by President Kaler, the team includes representatives from the below units and campus entities.

Bias Response and Referral Network Core Working Team

Campus Climate Engagement Team

  • Nasreen Mohamed, International Student and Scholar Services

Coalition for a Respectful U

  • Jenny Porter, Orientation & First-Year Programs

Diversity Community of Practice

  • Patricia Izek, Office of Human Resources
  • Katie Eichele, Aurora Center

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

  • Kendra Okposo*

Faculty Representatives

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

Global Programs and Strategy Alliance

  • Barbara Kappler

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

  • Donna Saathoff

Office of the President

  • Julie Chistensen

Office for Student Affairs

  • Laura Knudson*
  • Karmen McQuitty
  • Denny Olsen

University Relations

  • TBD

* Staff leads