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Diversity Awards 2013

The System Office Diversity and Equity Division is accepting nominations for the 2013 Diversity Awards in the following four categories:

  • Best Practices in Diversity and Equity Award
  • New Innovative Practices in Diversity and Equity Award
  • Outstanding Student Organization Diversity and Equity Award
  • Resources for Relationships Award

Learn more about the Diversity Awards

Diversity Award Announcement
Diversity Award Nomination Form
Diversity Award Criteria

The awards will be announced and the winners recognized at the Fifth Annual Academic and Student Affairs and Diversity and Equity Awards event scheduled on May 30, 2013. Please reserve the date; details will be provided once the host site is officially announced.

Questions may be addressed to Access and Opporunity Specialist, David Isham, at 651.201.1545 or david.isham@so.mnscu.edu.

Keeping our Faculties of Color Symposium

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is a proud sponsor of the Keeping our Faculties of Color Symposium along with the University of Minnesota.  The sixth biennial Keeping Our Faculty of Color Symposium will be held on April 14-16, 2013. We invite you to join us as we gather to engage cross-disciplinary theories, rigorous scholarship, and innovative practices to advance conceptual, empirical, and practical work to develop, recruit, and retain faculty of color. Find out more information here.

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2012 Diversity Awards Presented by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System Office

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system awards recognized six programs recently for exceptional accomplishment in diversity leadership, programming and services.

Outstanding Student Organization Award Recognition

Outstanding Student Organization Diversity Award recognizes student–led groups, staff, faculty or administrators’ initiatives that foster diversity and inclusion within the campus and larger community.

Rochester Community Technical College
Rochester Community Technical College Award Winners

Southwest Minnesota State University Award Winners
Southwest Minnesota State University Award Winners

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Innovative Practices in Diversity Award Recognition

Innovative Practices in Diversity recognizes practices that foster inclusivity and are 2 or more years old:

St. Cloud State University
St. Cloud State University Award Winners

Itasca Community College Award Winners
Itasca Community College Award Winners

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Best Practices in Diversity Award Recognition

Best Practices in Diversity recognizes programs and practices that improve access and retention of diverse campus community members:

St. Cloud State University
St. Cloud State University Award Winners

Minnesota State University, Mankato Award Winners
Minnesota State University, Mankato Award Winners

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Institutional Excellence Diversity Award Recognition

Institutional Excellence Diversity recognizes institutions that have made significant contributions in intentional learning and collaborations that promote inclusiveness, access and opportunities within the community, the institution and academic programs:

WSU, ARCC,RCTC, MSCSET
WSU, ARCC,RCTC, MSCSET Award Winners

Metropolitan State University
Metropolitan State University Award Winners

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Diversity Awards 2012

The System Office’s Diversity and Equity division invites nominations for the Diversity Awards 2012. For more information, please download the documents below:

Diversity Award Nomination Form
Diversity Award Criteria

For more information regarding the Diversity Awards, contact David Isham, Access and Opportunity Specialist, at david.isham@so.mnscu.edu or 651–201–1545.

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Diversity and Equity Division FY 2011 Annual Report

The System Office Diversity and Equity division released their FY 2011 Annual Report. Download a copy of the report.

For more information regarding the System Office Diversity and Equity FY 2011 Annual Report, please contact Ka Vang, Diversity Programs Director, at ka.vang@so.mnscu.edu or 651–201–1599.

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Southern Poverty Law Center Study Finds that More than Half the States Fail at Teaching the Civic Rights Movement

Though the civil rights movement is one of the defining events of U.S. history, most states fail when it comes to teaching the movement to students, a first–of–its–kind study recently released by the Southern Poverty Law Center ⟨SPLC⟩ has found.

The study examined state standards and curriculum requirements related to the study of the modern civil rights movement for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It was conducted by the SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance program and includes a forward by noted civil rights activist and historian Julian Bond.

Read a press release regarding the study from the SPLC. Download the study.

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Diversity Brown Bag/Webinar FY 2012

The System Office Diversity and Equity division invites you to participate in the Diversity Brown Bag/Webinar for fiscal year 2012.  View the brochure that includes dates, times and topics.

View and listen to the Diversity Webinar, Gender Equity and Athletics, originally presented on November 30, 2011 by Assistant General Counsel Scott Goings. The presentation focuses on Title IX and gender equity in athletics, discussing the basic legal and regulatory framework and how the law interacts with the budget and other policy choices impacting athletics.  Regulatory trends and recent case developments in this area are also explored.

Watch and listen to the Diversity Brown Bag/Webinar: Early European Immigrants to Minnesota: The Germans, Swedes and Norwegians, originally broadcast on Thursday, Sept. 29, 11:30am to 12:45pm. The session featured speakers LaVern Rippley, Professor of German at St. Olaf College, and Nina Clark, Director of Programs and Exhibits at the American Swedish Institute. Download Nina Clark’s PowerPoint.

For more information regarding the System Office Diversity and Equity diversity webinar series, please contact Ka Vang, Diversity Programs Director, at ka.vang@so.mnscu.edu or 651–201–1599.

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2010–2011 Diversity and Equity Diversity Awards

The winners for the 2010–2011 Diversity and Equity Awards were announced.  The winners were selected from nominations made by presidents and other college and university leaders for work in 2010–2011. Here is a list of the winners

For more information regarding the System Office Diversity and Equity Diversity Awards, please contact David Isham, Access and Opportunity Specialist, at david.isham@so.mnscu.edu or 651–201–1545.

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Diversity Drive–in

The System Office Diversity and Equity division invites you to the diversity drive–in session. This year, the diversity drive in will focus on, Equity in STEM Programs– Supporting Student Success.  Presentations will be informative and demonstrate collaborative efforts while providing some insight that participants can share and implement at their campus.

The session will be held on Thursday, April 28, 2011, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Anoka–Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids campus.  Registration is FREE, but registration is required due to limited space.

Download a diversity drive–in brochure that includes registration information.

For more information regarding the System Office Diversity and Equity diversity drive–in, please contact Ka Vang, Diversity Programs Director, at ka.vang@so.mnscu.edu or 651–201–1599.

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Gender Webinar, "Understanding the Gender Gap: 10 Ways to Improve Outcomes."

The Diversity and Equity division in the System Office invite you to attend a free webinar, "Understanding the Gender Gap: 10 Ways to Improve Outcomes," featuring Linda Sax, Ph.D., and Gar Kellom, Ph.D., on April 12, 2011, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The webinar gives you the opportunity to learn about gender issues impacting higher education. Male and female students face challenges in adapting to the demands of college life but not necessarily the same challenges. The things students typically struggle with differ substantially by gender. What are those challenges and how can you use gender–specific programming to help improve outcomes for all students? Attend the webinar and find out the answers.

This free webinar will be a brown bag event. You can attend the webinar at one of the Minnesota School Colleges and Universities schools listed in the flyer. Download a webinar flyer to find out the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities school near you that will be offering the webinar. Please RSVP to the appropriate person at the school to let you know you will be attending by Friday, April 8, 2011.

For more information regarding the System Office Diversity and Equity webinars, please contact Ka Vang, Diversity Programs Director, at ka.vang@so.mnscu.edu or 651–201–1599.

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Diversity Noontime Lunch Discussion

The System Office Diversity and Equity division invites you to attend the Diversity Noontime Lunch Discussion featuring Darrel Huish, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology, and Whitney Stewart Harris, Executive Director for Diversity and Equity. They will present a book discussion of:

The Post–American World by Fareed Zakaria. Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company ⟨May 4, 2009⟩, ISBN–10: 9780393334807

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Time: 11:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Location: Conference Rooms 3304 & 3306

The premise of the book is that the world power structure is changing; not because U.S. is declining but because other countries ⟨such as India and China⟩ are advancing economically. This idea be explored and discussed. Implications for the work of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system also will be highlighted. Participants will engage in a guided discussion. Download the event flyer with webinar registration information. Download the PowerPoint.

Websites of interest:
The Post–American World
About Fareed Zakaria - Wikipedia

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Diversity and Equity Division Diversity Webinars FY 2011

The Diversity and Equity division in the System Office designed a webinar series to develop and enhance the cultural competency skills and knowledge of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities employees.

Our free interactive webinars are offered during Fiscal Year 2011 taught by Diversity and Equity staff to help employees succeed in access, opportunity and success.

Download the Diversity Webinar brochure, which includes detail descriptions of workshop sessions, as well as, registration information.

Listen to the Diversity Webinar: Access and Success for Men of Color
November 8, 2010, 10 a.m.

Listen to the Diversity Webinar: Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Efforts on Access and Success for American Indian Students
February 14, 2011, 10 a.m.
Recruitment resources for American Indians

Listen to the Diversity Webinar: Stereotype Threat
March 17, 2011, 10 a.m.
For more information to stereotype threat, please see Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us by Claude M. Steele.

For more information regarding the System Office Diversity and Equity webinars, please contact Ka Vang, Diversity Programs Director, at ka.vang@so.mnscu.edu or 651–201–1599.

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Diversity Awards

The System Office Diversity and Equity division invites nominations for the 2010–2011 Diversity Awards.

Diversity Award Nomination Form
Diversity Award Criteria Form

For more information regarding the Diversity Awards, please contact Whitney Stewart Harris, Executive Director, at whitney.harris@so.mnscu.edu or 651–201–1746.

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Diversity and Equity Division
FY 2010 Year–End Report

Download the Diversity and Equity division FY 2010 Year–End report.

For more information regarding the Year–End Report, please contact Whitney Stewart Harris, Executive Director, at whitney.harris@so.mnscu.edu or 651–201–1746.

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Diversity and Equity Division Diversity Webinars FY 2011

The Diversity and Equity division in the System Office designed a webinar series to develop and enhance the cultural competency skills and knowledge of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities employees.

Our free interactive webinars are offered during Fiscal Year 2011 taught by Diversity and Equity staff to help employees succeed in access, opportunity and success.

Download the Diversity Webinar brochure, which includes detail descriptions of workshop sessions, as well as, registration information.

Listen to the Diversity Webinar: Access and Success for Men of Color
November 8, 10 a.m.

For more information regarding the System Office Diversity and Equity webinars, please contact Ka Vang, Diversity Programs Director, at ka.vang@so.mnscu.edu or 651–201–1599.

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We Are Proud To Honor:
Dorothy Irene Heights

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Dorothy Irene Height ⟨March 24, 1912 – April 20, 2010⟩ American, Administrator, Educator, and Social Activist.

For 40 years she served as president of the National Council of Negro Women. In 1994, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and in 2004 she received the Congressional Gold Medal for her life of service.

A social activist of the civil rights era who stated, "I want to be remembered as someone who used herself and anything she could touch to work for justice and freedom. I want to be remembered as one who tried." Celebrations of her life and work were recently held in Washington, DC.

Additional Resources:
Democracy Now

Watch on YouTube
Women’s History

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Asian Youth Poster Premiered at Guthrie

Youth Poster

In collaboration with the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, the Diversity and Equity division has produced a new poster campaign to encourage Asian American youths to seek higher education. More than 100 community members attended the premiere of the, Asian American & Pacific Islander Youth: Faces from a New Generation poster campaign at the Guthrie Theater in February. Each of the four posters represents a pathway toward leadership and higher education success, including engagement in the arts, civics, education and sports. The posters will be sent to about 700 counselors in Minnesota high schools where there is a significant Asian American student population.

The posters are part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities broader campaign, Make College a Part of Your Future, to encourage students in groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education to attend college.

To order free copies of the posters, contact Ka Vang, director of diversity programs, at ka.vang@so.mnscu.edu or 651– 201–1599.

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