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Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


The Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion develops and articulates the institution’s goals around fostering a diverse and inclusive campus community. In doing so, the Office works collaboratively with students, faculty, staff and administrators to create a campus culture that values the unique contributions that all bring to the St. Thomas community.

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Kha Yang joined the University of St. Thomas in 2019, bringing more than two decades of experience as a campaign organizer, human rights investigator and inclusive program developer.

Throughout her career she has worked as Inclusion Programs and Workforce Reporting Manager for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis; an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity consultant and human services investigator for Minnesota Department of Human Services; a human rights investigator for Minnesota Department of Human Rights; an arbitration coordinator for National Arbitration Forum; and as an international campaign organizer for Services Employees International Union. Yang also is a longtime entrepreneur, owning small businesses in translation services and in real estate.

Yang earned her bachelor’s in criminal law and political science from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Master’s in general management and organizational behavior and leadership from Harvard University.

Commitment to Diversity

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.