Jody O'Connor

Jody O'Connor
Professional Title
Director of AILRC

Jody O’Connor is the director of American Indian Learning Resource Center. She is an enrolled member of the Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Jody has worked in student services for over 34 years at UMD, She is also an alum of UMD, having completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in tribal administration and governance.

Jody is married and has two adult children that are both alumni as well!

She co-facilitates the UMD American Indian Advisory Board, assisting the Chancellor, and is a reviewer of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Scholarship and Cooper Scholarships for Native students. Also, she is a big fan of men's hockey—she has had season tickets for over 30+ years. GO BULLDOGS!

When asked what Jody loves about UMD, she indicates being able to watch Native students cross that graduation stage and receive their diploma as this warms her heart and is something that cannot be taken away from a student. They earned it.

Jody’s words of wisdom to students:

  1. Check your email and MyU regularly! 
  2. Get involved in a club or activity, this keeps you engaged with UMD.
  3. Ask questions and keep asking questions. If we do not know the answer, we will get you to the person that does. You matter!
  4. Enjoy your years at UMD, they go by very fast.
  5. Lastly, I’m very proud of each of you and know you will go on to do great things in life!