About The Forum

For 30 years, The Forum on Workplace Inclusion has served as a convening hub for those seeking to grow their leadership and effectiveness in the field of diversity and inclusion by engaging people, advancing ideas and igniting change.

The Forum is part of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is led by Dr. Artika R. Tyner, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion and leader of The Forum on Workplace Inclusion. The Office develops and articulates the institution’s goals around fostering a diverse and inclusive campus community. In doing so, it works collaboratively with faculty, administrators, staff, and students at to create a campus culture that values the unique contributions that all bring to the St. Thomas community. To that end, it seeks to create a campus culture where all members of the community can thrive.

For 30 years, The Forum on Workplace Inclusion has served as a convening hub for those seeking to grow their leadership and effectiveness in the field of diversity and inclusion by engaging people, advancing ideas and igniting change.

The Forum is part of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is led by Dr. Artika R. Tyner, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion and leader of The Forum on Workplace Inclusion. The Office develops and articulates the institution’s goals around fostering a diverse and inclusive campus community. In doing so, it works collaboratively with faculty, administrators, staff, and students at to create a campus culture that values the unique contributions that all bring to the St. Thomas community. To that end, it seeks to create a campus culture where all members of the community can thrive.

Four Pillars of Learning

Actualizing workplace inclusion is more challenging than ever. The socio-political environments throughout the world are testing our personal values and beliefs. Separate realities and opposing viewpoints often collide at work making it difficult to identify and address systemic and polarizing gaps to inclusion. Many leaders feel caught between drawing out diverse thinking while fostering collaborative effective problem solving around issues such as: race, ethnicity, religion, politics, intelligence, and gender equity gaps. In 2019, we’re “Bridging the Gap,” and we’re engaging our community around this theme by asking these compelling questions:

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How can we effectively address the gaps in values and beliefs that are causing toxicity at work?

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What is required to bridge the gap between technology (robotics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, etc.) and human experience, wisdom and insight?

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What must we do to bridge the gap from the inclusion of diverse perspectives and experiences to the integration of diverse perspectives and experiences?

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How must we examine cultural power and privilege in order to bridge the gap between empowerment and power?

The University of St. Thomas considers diversity as indispensable to its academic excellence and the holistic development of its students.

As a Catholic university, St. Thomas has an extraordinary opportunity, as well as a special responsibility to create and maintain a climate that affirms the diversity of people and welcomes their many viewpoints, opinions and values. In our university community, our commitment to diversity means including, welcoming and supporting the people who live, work and study here. The university community includes those of diverse races, ethnicities, national origins, genders, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, religions and physical abilities. All provide a university experience rich in perspectives and opportunities to learn from one another.

The University of St. Thomas considers diversity as indispensable to its academic excellence and the holistic development of its students.

As a Catholic university, St. Thomas has an extraordinary opportunity, as well as a special responsibility to create and maintain a climate that affirms the diversity of people and welcomes their many viewpoints, opinions and values. In our university community, our commitment to diversity means including, welcoming and supporting the people who live, work and study here. The university community includes those of diverse races, ethnicities, national origins, genders, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, religions and physical abilities. All provide a university experience rich in perspectives and opportunities to learn from one another.