Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Awards

December 12, 2017

Every year, University Relations is fortunate to work with the Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) in recognizing and sharing the compelling accomplishments of some of the U's most inspiring students—recipients of the Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Awards.

SEED Award recipients are supported by funding from Minnesota companies like 3M, Target, Land O'Lakes and others, and as both a thank you, and in recognition of the students, OED hosts a breakfast attended by numerous leaders from business, state and local government, the University, and the community.

University Relations produces a video each year highlighting the students to kickoff the event. This year there were 17 students, and with any video it's always a challenge to keep it short, fresh, and interesting. And since the students truly are outstanding, there's always a certain amount of pressure to do them justice in the best way that we can. This year we were especially proud of the outcome, and it was a privilege to see it play in front of the students and hundreds of others at the Nov. 16 Equity and Diversity breakfast.

Watch it and let us know what you think.

Since these students are so accomplished, we try yearly to feature them in other ways. Some of the students, like Malik Day and Sabrina Roowala, showed up in a story we did on first-generation college students for the homepage. That story had outstanding readership. And other SEED recipients have been featured on social media, via the main Facebook page and on the "We are #UMNDriven" social section of